Paying for what you like on the Internet is the right thing to do

posted by Jeff | Monday, December 19, 2011, 11:54 AM | comments: 0

Every once in awhile, the issue comes up on CoasterBuzz about whether or not you should be a paid member. I accept that different people find different value in various things, and that's fine, but I generally make the point that if you really enjoy using something on the Internet, and there is an option to financially support it, you should. That sounds self-serving (and it is), but I very much practice what I preach.

For example, this week I renewed my annual Vimeo Plus account. At $60, that may sound expensive, but I view it as something that breaks out to five bucks a month. I don't even upload a lot of video there (as much as I should, anyway), but I do view a lot of stuff on it too. I just think that it's the right thing to do. They have a great user experience, and I get a lot of value out of it.

There are a lot of sites that fall into that category of stuff, that provide exceptional value for something I'm interested in. I think it's absolutely worth paying a little money for sites like that. Even in the age of "free" stuff on the Internet, there are real costs associated with the production of these services. Someone has to pay for it. Your support of these services could be the difference between success and failure for these companies.


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