Everyone wanting to create something new and great when something old and useful is sitting right there. It’s trying to re-invent the wheel. Twitter’s options are simple: sell user data and information to marketers (not likely), advertise everywhere (seems where they are headed), charge customers (would make the service smaller, but the end users would be loyal and happy).
Again, I would rather pay up front, on day one.
Can we make money from it? We’re a going business. We have mortgages to pay. We have tuitions to pay for our kids. We’re not ashamed of making money.
Garret Murray of Karbon on wanting to just pay for Tumblr:
I don’t want it to be free. I want to pay for it. Tumblr is one of the few services on earth that refuses to take my money. And it’s a shame, because rather than taking VC or running a tiny team, they could be charging customers, making money, and growing the service while remaining stable.
Restaurants aren’t going around giving away free meals. It’s a business. It costs money to run, even more money to run well, and you expect people who solicit your service to pay their fair share. Why are internet businesses any different?
Ryan Kim of GigaOm interviewing Marco Arment of Instapaper with his “let users thank you by paying you” philosophy:
That’s what’s allowed Arment to really focus on the paid segment. In fact, he still questions the value of the free version at times because it can leave a more negative impression for users with its limited set of features. Arment said his paying users have surprised him with their support. He started a $1 a month subscription plan in October that didn’t actually offer much in the way of extra features. It was more of a way to let users show their support for Instapaper. He said the response was overwhelmingly positive.
“That was a huge surprise to me how well it’s doing given there’s no real incentive to do it besides good will. But it ends up that good will is powerful,” Arment said. “It shows that people will pay for something they like because they want to ensure its future.”
Mule Design Studio’s Mike Monteiro on getting paid:
F*ck you. Pay Me.