What internet services would you be willing to pay for?

By Mark O’Neill

I seem to be finding some thought-provoking lists today online. This one, on the website of Ryan Spoon (great name!) is what internet services you would be willing to fork over money for if you were forced to.

A lot of stuff on the internet is free these days, to the point that if someone dares to ask for money for a product, there are howls of indignant protests and calls for a boycott. There are also so many competing products that many developers are probably very nervous to ask for money, because they figure that their users would just defect to a free similar product instead.

But would you be willing to pay for your favourite products if money was asked for? Personally speaking, as a Scotsman, I am loathe to hand over money for ANYTHING unless my life depends upon it (and even then I want an expert second opinion on my chances of survival). That means that during the past two years, I have only personally paid for one piece of software and that was SnagIt (and I made sure I could claim it as a tax write-off!)

But if they started charging for Gmail, Google Reader, WordPress….would I pay? I don’t know…..it depends on what extras they throw in to sweeten the pill. I probably would in the end get out the credit card, grit my teeth and hand over the cash though. Most of my online life is centered around these applications and to move to another application is just too much time and hassle.

So how about you? Using Mr Spoon’s list as a guide, what currently free internet services would you be willing to pay for if they suddenly became paid services? Or would you refuse to pay as a matter of principle and move elsewhere, regardless of the hassle and inconvenience?

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15 Responses to What internet services would you be willing to pay for?

  1. Like you Mark, I am a cheap bastard. I don't like to pay for anything online. Well, I actually spent my first $10 ever on iTunes a couple weeks ago because I couldn't find this great artist (Walter Ferguson) on bit torrent. Anyways. I wouldn't pay for any for the services mentionned by Ryan Spoon, maybe except for Google Analytics. I may alos consider thinking about maybe contemplating paying for wordpress. I am one of those who think that everything on the Internet (also the Internet service itself) should be free. This goddamn ads make enough money to pay for our free porn, doesn't it?

  2. Like you Mark, I am a cheap bastard. I don’t like to pay for anything online. Well, I actually spent my first $10 ever on iTunes a couple weeks ago because I couldn’t find this great artist (Walter Ferguson) on bit torrent. Anyways. I wouldn’t pay for any for the services mentionned by Ryan Spoon, maybe except for Google Analytics. I may alos consider thinking about maybe contemplating paying for wordpress. I am one of those who think that everything on the Internet (also the Internet service itself) should be free. This goddamn ads make enough money to pay for our free porn, doesn’t it?

  3. yeah, i had to buy an exclusive taylor swift album on itunes cause that's the only place to get it. well i could have downloaded it otherwise… but in any case. though i'm just a college student i make it a habit not to pay for something unless i absolutely feel that it is worth the money.

    the only time i find it acceptable for something free to become something to pay for is if it's beta first. but if my yahoo mail were to become a paid service then screw that.

    like some say, the best food is free food.

  4. yeah, i had to buy an exclusive taylor swift album on itunes cause that’s the only place to get it. well i could have downloaded it otherwise… but in any case. though i’m just a college student i make it a habit not to pay for something unless i absolutely feel that it is worth the money.

    the only time i find it acceptable for something free to become something to pay for is if it’s beta first. but if my yahoo mail were to become a paid service then screw that.

    like some say, the best food is free food.

  5. yeah, i had to buy an exclusive taylor swift album on itunes cause that’s the only place to get it. well i could have downloaded it otherwise… but in any case. though i’m just a college student i make it a habit not to pay for something unless i absolutely feel that it is worth the money.

    the only time i find it acceptable for something free to become something to pay for is if it’s beta first. but if my yahoo mail were to become a paid service then screw that.

    like some say, the best food is free food.

  6. I would definitely buy Google Reader. I subscribe to about 200 feeds. I could never take in that much useless information any other way.

  7. I would definitely buy Google Reader. I subscribe to about 200 feeds. I could never take in that much useless information any other way.

  8. I don't think I could deal with my Hotmail and Live Mesh being charged. Advertising is enough to deal with.

    And Live Maps – I just can't go a day without it being free.

  9. I don’t think I could deal with my Hotmail and Live Mesh being charged. Advertising is enough to deal with.

    And Live Maps – I just can’t go a day without it being free.