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July 11, 2010

Adios, free Internet

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:09 am

I gotta believe it: The era of the free Internet, free content, free downloads, free-everything, might be drawing to a close. Ugh.

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  1. Oh yes is this true. Now every major site I visit is shoving large ads in my face left and right.
    If I start getting charged to upload files, do stuff on YouTube etc., then it’s time to leave the major websites.

    Comment by linuxlove — July 13, 2010 @ 7:02 am

  2. It’s eerie how the Internet is paralleling the early days of radio. If the trend continues, expect to see most of the private Internet either shut down or relegated to a crowded, low-bandwidth corner.

    Comment by admin — July 13, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  3. At least torrents will always be ‘free’ right?

    Comment by samus250 — July 13, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  4. My guess is that the media companies who own the fat pipes have little tolerance for torrents.

    Comment by admin — July 13, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  5. Personally, I’m not too sure about no more free internet. People at the mega richy rich companies have payed for marketing research to investigate the effectiveness of ads for decades and decades. If advertisements weren’t effective, I wouldn’t be watching commercials right now. That’s just my two cents.

    Comment by gamerguy473 — July 14, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  6. From the article:

    Advertising is one way to pay the bills. But Web companies are still scrambling to understand and measure the impact of online ads. Meanwhile, many advertisers remain skeptical of the medium and question how heavily to rely on it.

    I believe they’re probably doing studies right now to determine the effectiveness of the ads.

    I’ve always said that I thought ad rates for online advertising are way too low. I remember reading that when Yahoo first set their rates, they confessed that they lowballed the amount: It was like 0.1 cents per click when it should have been more like 20 cents.

    Anyway, we’ll see what comes of this. when money is a factor, they will do a study. I hope they find that the ads don’t work: I never look at them. Hell, there are ads all over Wambooli that I put up and I don’t look at ’em! 🙂

    Comment by admin — July 14, 2010 @ 8:31 am

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