Google's Chrome and Web Store for Chrome are illustrating a new model for online services, a model based on payment and not just on ads. That may be critical for the Internet’s expansion, but will people really pay?
I'm thinking that although Google seems to be setting up for a direct payment scheme with it's OS, it may not be as a "free will" payment system. At some point, internet consumers will be forced to pay to reach an html address or to receive a video, or story.
Once the large monolith companies gain enough clout, political and economically, they will pretty much force users to pay up. Although the first Direct Payment Systems might be a hundreth of a penny for a story, photo, or search, they will certainly increase as time passed.
Think about your cable or satellite tv bill. An increase every year after an initial "give away" introductory offer.
Google is really positioned to make direct pay work some time in coming years I would think.
My own research says that users of iPhones or iPads would be happy to pay for an app from any source if they were sure it was functional, that it wasn't going to cause them a problem with updating their Apple-provided software, and that it was convenient to install.
I think the big thing for the Google idea of a "URL store" is that it opens a new market for Google and provides some return on its non-search investments, like Android and now Chrome. It would also likely advance the cause of cloud computing considerably, but in return it would likely start a trend for charging for premium web offerings. Google already charges for some premium versions of its software (including its new in-the-cloud photo app), and the idea here seems to be to offer a bunch of stuff at a critical price point of two or three bucks a month.
It would be an interesting case study to find out if the iPad/iPhone user would pay for the app on the web. And How would they the web app developers differentiate their app from the ones already available in the iTunes store, the Android store, RIM store and Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
YouTube's move to a partial pay-for-view model could help relieve a dearth of good new content but it could also complicate debates in many parts of the world over payment by content providers for delivery of their material to customers.
That's what Larry Page said on Google's earnings call, referring to the conjunction of mobile and the cloud. Well, let's chart it then! We need to be thinking about an Internet where 90% of our traffic goes to 70 destinations within 40 miles of us.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
The Amazon smartphone rumor and the Apple mini-iPad rumor show that the mobile device giants think they have to be in all the device spaces to win. Why? Because the cloud can create an ecosystem where every device can cooperate to support the user, and if you don't supply all the devices you miss out on the total value.
Facebook's "Improved Friends Lists" are rolling out, but they're very different from Google+ Circles. The latter are like private labels; you're the only one who sees them. The former are like rooms you can invite visitors to, where they see you and each other. Google's approach is better.
Mozilla has a bold strategy to create a new model of mobile OS by making HTML5 essentially a part of the operating system, creating an open developer framework for future apps. The question is whether they're sincerely trying to elevate HTML5 or to get back at Google for Chrome's success.
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