Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Race To Be the Online Archive

Joe's got it right--the New York Times seems to be throwing in the towel to be the online archive for the ages:

On Monday, September 19th the New York Times' editorial section goes behind the pay wall. Krugmania will no longer sully Memeorandum. Bloggers will stop linking. Traffic to nytimes.com- some significant portion of it- will dip.

On Monday, September 19th the New York Times will learn where All of This is heading, and it isn't toward the pharmacy-floor exclusivity model.

Folks at the Washington Post, which has adopted trackbacks, and the Wall Street Journal, which continues to expand its free OpinionJournal.com site, will smile.

For an example, take a look at how well the Washington Post is doing in its Campaign for the Court blog. Read the letter from the New York Times' editors here.

1 comment:

Robert Schwartz said...

I don't know why you are touting the WSJ. I subscribe to the dead tree edition and won't pay extra for on-line. At least the NYT will provide free access to dead tree subscribers. Besides. Isn't it just as well that Krugman has his circulation restricted to true believers. I do think the WaPo is getting it right.