TechCrunch’s M.G. Siegler had an interesting post looking at the online Web service that he pays to use (Pandora, Tweetie, Flickr), and those he’d pay to use if needed (Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, GMail, Digg, YouTube and Instapaper).
What a novel concept; actually paying for online tools that you find useful and valuable. At a time when the economic landscape for online services is arguably broken, you have to wonder how long it will be before the something gives.
At some point, people may start to be willing to pay for services they use on a regular basis to more them more productive, efficient and more profitable. It this such a wild concept; the idea of paying for value?
In any event, here’s a list of the services that I pay to use:
Fused Network – great hosting services.
Performancing Metrics – blog statistics
Freshbooks – kick-ass invoicing
And here’s what I’d happy pay to use:
- Read it Later: To have a place that stores all the stories and blogs for consumption later, I’d pay $5 to $10/month.
- Twitter: It has become a valuable communications, resource and content tool that provides tremendous value. I’d happy pay $5/month for a reliable service that includes some bells and whistles such as analytics, a central place to read all the items I’ve made a favorite, and some filtering tools.
- WordPress: I have three blogs running on WordPress, and would pay a few bucks for premium customer service, analytics and access to themes and a developer database
- iDesktop.tv: I’d easily pay $10 to $20/year for a service that provides access to thousands of videos, including the ability to download them, which makes it an essential tool when putting together presentation
- GMail: For more storage, I’d pay $10 to $20 for GMail. That said, I’ve soured on GMail a bit because some of my email@example.com e-mails are ending up in peoples’ spam boxes – I think because there’s a conflict when spam filter also see gmail.com
- PrintFriendly: To save some paper and the environment, I’d pay $5/year.
So what do you pay to use, and, as important, what would you pay to use?