Don’t worry: no one is going to send you an invoice for the time you spend using dozens of random web sites to do your work. But a blog post from Ryan Spoon got me wondering: what’s out there that you would pay for if you had to? Ryan says he’d be willing to pony up money for GMail, Mint, Craigslist, and various podcasts, among other things. I know I’d be ready to pull out my credit card for Twitter Prime, with traffic prioritization and advanced filtering and grouping features.
So far, of course, Web 2.0 is largely running on business theories ranging from “let’s get the eyeballs and then figure out what to do with them” to “get enough Google ads on enough pages and our troubles are over.” Despite our worries about Bust 2.0, there doesn’t seem any end in sight to the proliferation of free services. But sooner or later, the money will run out (or the patience of investors will), and some of these sites will need to figure out better ways to collect revenue.So, if and when that happens: which sites and services on the new web (defined however you like) are important enough that you’d pay for them? And how much? Or are you dedicated to always finding ways to do things online for free, no matter what the entrepreneurs might like to hear?