I was reading this post earlier today
This quoted Jason Fried, of 37 Signals, who has made a call to the web community “Please start charging for your applications. Free is not the future.”
And it got me thinking, what web applications am I ready to pay for that i would shell out $20 a year for?
Would I pay for Blogger? possibly but i'm thinking about moving it to Wordpress to be hosted on my own server for better url support anyway.
Would I pay $20 a year for Skype? Probably but would the 50 or so contacts I have also pay $20, probably not all, and therefor would it retain the same value if they weren't there?
Would I pay $20 for Digg? a site I visit daily and love, nope, but only because it replicates content i would consume from elsewhere.
Would I pay $20 for Facebook - No, i find it's value falling and wonder about all the people who paid for and built facebook apps last year, did they see a return?
Would I pay $20 for http://my.live.com/ (my rss reader) - probably but I would also expect them to make a better product and ensure that they brought out a mobile version (which they've been promising forever...but never delivered) .
It's interesting that my view is changing because I'm 2 months away from launching my own web application that I look at advertising in a different light - is $5cpm sustainable (nope, i dont think it should really be any more than about $1-$2 for most sites) -can or even should most website apps be advertising supported?
(btw we will be launching advertising / freemium model that has upgraded features for paying customers).
So I put the question to you - what apps are you prepared to pay $20 a year for?