The NY Times is now charging for its content except for bloggers
and Social Media users (including Facebook & Twitter) are
not charged for NY Times content at all. Now visitors to the NY Times enjoy 20
free articles each month and otherwise the NY Times has a charging scheme that
allows paper subscribers to not pay extra. Other payment options
include iPad and/or BlackBerry users who will be charged beyond the 20 free
articles. As a matter of fact if a Facebook user wants to sign up on the NY
Times website they have to allow the NY Times access to their Facebook profile.
Here's what Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Publisher of NY Times had
who come to Times articles through links from search engines, blogs and social
media will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their
monthly reading limit. This allows new and casual readers to continue to
discover our content on the open Web. On all major search engines, users will
have a daily limit on free links to Times articles.
The big question is really how the
NY Times will use Social Media user data, and what an interesting evolution of
news and Social Media!