Will RSS Lead to More Paid Content?

Anyone who has used an RSS reader to harvest news and information will know that it is a supreme way of getting just the mix that you want. Not the mix that someone else thinks you want. The mix that you want.

But as Jonathan Dube points out in a recent piece about RSS, a Pew survey shows that still only five percent of Internet users use RSS, and the number is likely to grow.

But what’s going to happen when the people in charge of the business models realize that tailor-made, detailed news feeds are so attractive that we may be willing to pay for them? Will they find a way to charge? Will they restrict online publishing? Bear in mind what Norwegian daily Verdens Gang announced last week. They will stop publishing features and columns online in order to protect the paper edition.

Biggies like WashingtonPost.com may charge for archive material now. How long will it take before they charge for their highly-detailed RSS feeds?

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