Skip to Content
Uncategorized

PC Magazine Charges for User Community

Slashdot has a discussion thread going about an Australian magazine’s decision to charge its users an annual fee to post in the forums – if they aren’t magazine subscribers. The decision, as you can imagine, sent the netizens into a…
May 3, 2005

Slashdot has a discussion thread going about an Australian magazine’s decision to charge its users an annual fee to post in the forums – if they aren’t magazine subscribers.

The decision, as you can imagine, sent the netizens into a frezy because – as the SD thread points out – the magazine is charging the people who created the community a fee to be in the community.

That strikes me as an amazingly shortsighted decision for two reasons:

1) Media is rapidly moving from atoms to bits (thank you Mr. Negroponte), and creating an atom-based business model is a mistake for future revenues.

and

2) The magazine should already be making money off the community – either through advertising and page views, sponsorships, or subscriptions. They are, in essence, double charging their most loyal folks.

Deep Dive

Uncategorized

Embracing CX in the metaverse

More than just meeting customers where they are, the metaverse offers opportunities to transform customer experience.

Identity protection is key to metaverse innovation

As immersive experiences in the metaverse become more sophisticated, so does the threat landscape.

The modern enterprise imaging and data value chain

For both patients and providers, intelligent, interoperable, and open workflow solutions will make all the difference.

Scientists have created synthetic mouse embryos with developed brains

The stem-cell-derived embryos could shed new light on the earliest stages of human pregnancy.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.