Thursday, September 30, 2010

Phoenix on the Globe's new pay wall

The Globe announced today that it would put of a partial "pay wall" and the tweets are flying.

From the Phoenix, whick predicts the move will be the end of and that won't be a good thing.

It's easy to take for granted, but take it from someone who's spent a lot of time analyzing what works and what doesn't in online news: is the single-best city-dot-com site in the country (but probably will not be after the paywall -- more thoughts on that in a second). There are better newspaper sites -- such as the And there are smarter social-news-and-aggregator sites, like this one whose name Beard will not speak, not to mention the one he's leaving to work for.

But was something else, a hybrid of sorts. It got in early enough to grab the city-dot-com real estate, and then never lost sight of the online/community mission that sprung up around the journalism the Globe was creating. It's easy to slough off the cat-picture galleries and the mom blogs if you think of as merely the Globe's home. But has been more than that for quite some time.

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