Thursday, January 27, 2005

The End of Free?

I've just been drafting a post on "the free web," using Blogger, a tool that I choose in part because it is free of charge. It was therefore an interesting time to stumble across The End of Free, a blog chronicling a move from free to fee as the basis for online business models, and to note that the first posts were made by Evan Williams, co-founder and former CEO of Blogger.

The blog itself is less provocative than its title. It is about the growth of paid subscriptions and other non-free models on the web. It does not predict the extinction of no-charge models.