But now I must say good-bye.
Beginning a couple of days ago, The Times group turned off the free TimesOnline and went behind a paywall (image right) as part of Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to buck the trend of free access to internet news sites.
The cost is £2 per week. A small price to pay, perhaps, but it’s hard to justify in a world of free news.
A columnist at rival The Guardian estimates that The Times could lose 95% of its “browsers” and still do okay.
Maybe. Murdoch’s The Wall Street Journal has managed to maintain a paywall, but it also makes substantial content available for free, thereby maintaining its linkability and paywall.
It is not a good sign, however, that The Times already is offering freebies, like theater tickets, to attract paying customers.
I’ll really miss The Times. But I must say good-bye.
It’s best for the both of us. Really. It’s not you, it’s me. We can still be friends.