CNET News.com Editor in Chief Dan Farber suggests a new way for Twitter to make money: Charge for the right to "tweet." Reasonable, right? If you derive value from a service, you should pay for it, right?
Maybe not. The primary problem with this idea is that people have come to expect software and associated services to be free. They don't want to pay.
In open-source software, it's exactly the same: Tons of value, but would-be customers will pay as little as possible for it, unless forced to by a proprietary license or company policy (requiring one to pay for support).
As I noted before, we often don't want the consequences of what we want. Perhaps a consequence of no viable business model for Twitter is that it goes out of business or becomes a minor service for a major Web company. That may well be the best it can expect.… Read more