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Source as accessory is one dimension of exclusivity, the least significant asset in one's collection of "social networking" capabilities, if you will. The greatest value assigned to exclusivity is the extent to which information provided by a source is novel or time-sensitive and, most important, actionable.  

Skeptics of MSM partitioning or "versioning" seldom give much thought to how publishers already differentiate low-value and high-value information products, perhaps because they are focused on a publisher's decision to impose subscription fee on low-value information rather than business cases (of which they may not be aware) that successfully collect fees for high-value information.

Fees demanded deliberately reduce search costs. That is the value proposition.

Or, like you, they are associate delivery of high-value information, whose determinants are wholly idiosyncratic, with ISP subscription itself.

FWIW, here is a column describing how publishers will implement price discrimination strategy with the cooperation of ISPs. I noted with interest reference to Hal Varian who I've quoted at ET along with the occasional Power Pricing rubric (Dolan and Simon). It begins.

Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google Inc., spends a lot of time talking about the economic state of the news business... His main credential in the debate is the book "Information Rules" that he wrote in 1999 with Carl Shapiro, a fellow professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In it, Varian and Shapiro apply durable business and economic rules to the Internet with particular attention to the value and pricing of information....

It's no wonder that Google and Facebook are suddenly courting publishers, recognizing that if news devolves into a world of screaming blogs, there will be less and less valuable [i.e. REDUNDANT INFORMATION] content to place ads [WORDS] against [TO INCREASE CTR  PROBABILITY]. More worrying, perhaps publishers will decide to ask Google and Facebook to pay for access just as they do their print and Internet syndication partners [COPYRIGHT ASSIGNS e.g. TPM, WN, AP, APPLE, etc].

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2010 at 12:35:58 AM EST
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