Cook’s Illustrated: Stirring up synergy to sell online food content
80,000 paid subscriptions at $24.94 per year …. $2 million in revenue and subs have doubled in the last year and a half. Given there is no advertising in Cook’s publishing model, there was no alternative.
Call this the Consumer Reports Model of paid content. So now we can add food to the magic triangle of Sex, Sports, and Stocks. Seems like the essential ur list of human needs.
Salon puts The Well on auction block | Tech News on ZDNet
Things were never the same at the WELL after the decline and fall of the "savage user interface", the command-line nav called "Picospan."
Still the best "community" there ever was and will be. Some of the personalities there were epic in their impact … Stewart Brand,
Tom Mandel, Howard Rheingold, Blair Newman, "Hinging," Jay Allison, Tex, David Gans … and then figuring out a fellow Deadhead (John Lang Lorenz) lived only two floors above me in the same Boston apartment building …. The flaming of Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Time for his cyberporn scare story …
Moving to an HTML structure killed the place. Salon kept it propped up for a while, but I hung up on the WELL in 95 and never went back. I wonder if my old handle "dbuck" ever got scooped up.