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The kids won’t pay

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Here’s an interesting piece by Joshua Benton who discovered to his surprise that teens who practically live on Facebook, who spend about 60-90 minutes each night on the site, not counting the midday checks at computers in the school library or on their phones, would not be willing to pay US$10 per month if Facebook started charging.

Despite its centrality to their lives, they were willing to toss it aside because they wouldn’t pay $10 a month, he says, noting that these are well-off kids — they could afford it. The reason they gave was that they would simply move to some other social networking site that was free. This led Benton to conclude:

If these kids aren’t willing to pay for Facebook — something they engage with every single day, something they love, something they have already invested countless hours into to build up a network of friends and apps and what have you — what’s the chance they’re ever going to pay half a penny to read a news story?

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Written by Oon Yeoh

April 9, 2009 at 12:52 am

Posted in New Media, Social Media

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  1. I think not the kids only… many others may opt for the free social networking if one of it starts to charge the user.

    Everything Malaysia

    April 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm


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