Skip to comments.Google to limit free news access (The Rupert Murdoch Effect?)
Posted on 12/01/2009 6:24:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Newspaper publishers will now be able to set a limit on the number of free news articles people can read through Google, the company has announced.
The concession follows claims from some media companies that the search engine is profiting from online news pages.
Publishers will join a First Click Free programme that will prevent web surfers from having unrestricted access.
Users who click on more than five articles in a day may be routed to payment or registration pages.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
Hopefully, other search engines will be able to fill the niche.
Choose wisely, grasshopper. you have but five clicks and then you must pay. save a click or two for later in the day.
How? There are no ads on the Google News pages. Just news stories and links.
This could be a real shock for all those who Google for news.
nice to have a lot of alternatives,, for now.
Sounds good to me. Fewer fews of propaganda coming up. Film at eleven.
Let the count down to reversal due to unintended consequences begin.
I want to buy a square in the pool for 7 months.
Fine with me, I got lots of stuff to do besides read news...and I can ALWAYS listen to Rush.
Have at it Google.
Well unless they are going to make google subscribe only then this won’t work. All you will have to do is to clear your cookies. If it is subscribe only then a lot of people won’t use Google anymore.
This is an easy one. People go to google for their news driving google as the main portal to the Internet for finding stuff. This allows google to charge higher ad revenues to others. Whether there is an ad on news searches or not, plus google gets to learn from the searches.
That’s what I was thinking. In Private browing in IE8 would get around this if it’s cookie based.
But really google should be paying for the news they index and serve (if the news sites want to charge for it).
Shrug. There are tons of free news websites.
all I ever read are the excerpts from FR anyway, oh and the comments.
I think this only means five stories per source, there aren’t many days where I would look at five stories from a single newspaper.
That means I won’t even click once :)
Here's the problem ~ if you put your stuff on limited access no one goes there. All the free advertising a place like FR can be for your product goes to waste.
The "newsies" have to learn how to do it for advertising ~ and just because advertising technology is not up to the standards that will be required doesn't mean it'll always be that way.
3 D animation is around the corner ~ the super artists who will make it possible for advertisers to easily use are in training as we speak.
Interesting. All this means is that it will open a door for other search engines to compete with google. The newspapers tried to do it to radio when it fist came out. Then Television tried to do it to the internet. Now the search engines are trying to control access to news. Some news crawl site will open up to compete with google and take lurkers away too.
They’re going to hurt their businesses. Make a deal with Google if they want, but by limiting click throughs folks will just give up and ignore their sites all together. The product isn’t that important and variations on the same information can be gotten elsewhere.