Monday, March 19, 2007 by Dave Winer.
When people say it's worth paying money for the service, that's nice, but it doesn't help, for a few reasons. 1. It's not the kind of thing people pay for, and I'm not going to try to change the way people think about websites. As a user I myself wouldn't pay for it (although of course as a developer, I am). 2. It could be a nice place to put ads for mobile products, and there doesn't appear to be a good place to put ads to reach mobile users. 3. I would be willing, myself, to pay to run ads for the river in the NY Times, to help build a user base, but without an agreement, it would be a foolish investment.