14 Months & $40m Later

by Christopher Paul on March 17, 2011

The best comments on the NY Times paywall so far comes from Mike Masnick of TechDirt:

Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong, but I can’t see how something like this succeeds. It’s like a giant experiment in wrongness. It gets the user motivation wrong. It gets the economic model wrong. It gets the pricing wrong. It gets the value proposition wrong. It’s the perfect combination of wrongness, which they now want you to pay for. I think I’ll pass.

I hate the fact I had to register with the NY Times to get to some articles. To have to pay for them is just raising the barrier to entry when there are so many free alternatives. Walls – pay, registration, or otherwise – don’t work and don’t foster a community that attracts lasting readership.

It Took The NY Times 14 Months And $40 Million Dollars To Build The World’s Stupidest Paywall? – TechDirt

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