It was just announced that comment tracking service Co.mments will be shutting their doors. We are going to be seeing a lot of startups running out of cash in 2009. A space like comment tracking can only handle so many entrants, especially when none of them have a viable business model yet.
Over the last few months I’ve been thinking a lot about what would happen if some of my most beloved services bit the dust.
What if Twitter, Zemanta, Brightkite, Diigo, or Tweetdeck folded up? I’d be crushed. I have made huge investments of time and content into these sites. Having to move over to another service would be a huge loss.
Some of these services would have a bigger effect on my life than others. I’ve also started evaluating new services with a new criteria: Are they going to be around next year?
I love Flickr and gladly pay my $20 dollars a year to support them. When I hooked up Jing and my camera phone up to my account I quickly maxed out the free version. I could have gone through and deleted all the photo’s I don’t use, or switched to another free service but I chose to pay my $20.
As I looked over the above listed service I wondered what it would take to get me to pay a premium service?
If Tweetdeck roles out the ability to manage multiple accounts, and synch multiple machines I’d gladly pay for that. If they came out with an iPhone app, I’d buy that as well.
If Brightkite let me synch photo’s to Flickr and gave me a private channel to talk with friends, like BrightKite group chat I’d pay.
Diigo, I don’t know what else they could add, they already do so much. It probably wouldn’t take much but I’d pay. Do they have an iPhone app? I’d pay for an iPhone app for sure.
Our beloved Twitter. Just ask and I’d pay right now. If they made it voluntary to pay, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Realistically though I think Twitter’s revenue (oh yes I have my own theories about their revenue model) will come from acquiring revenue generating add on services.
Apparently to test my point TechSmith just sent me an email announcing the release of Jing Pro. Jing is a great screen capture tool I use frequently and love. Jing Pro has all the picture and video capabilities of Jing and allows you to upload your videos directly to YouTube (you could already send your pics to Flickr). I immediately plunked down my 14.95, bringing my paid for Web tools count to 2.
What about you? Do you find yourself thinking twice about which services you’ll invest your time in?
Which services that you use would you pay for?
Image by jenn_jenn via Flickr