Slovenia’s Big Pay ‘Wall’ Has Made €26,000

March 15th, 2012 § Comments Off on Slovenia’s Big Pay ‘Wall’ Has Made €26,000 § permalink

it’s actually not a bad result, they managed to reach everyone possibly interested in just a month.

slovenia has 2M population, but the largest print daily newspaper had 200k circulation. so it’s safe to assume that only 0.5M people read newspapers, and 5000 customers online is exactly 1%. that’s the penetration you can always count on, regardless of what you’re doing.

I’ll bet that they will never get above that 🙂

Slovenia’s Big Pay ‘Wall’ Has Made €26,000

Piano Media, the online news payment system which first launched in Slovakia last year, says it made €26,000 in its first month in Slovenia this year. Users pay €4.90 per month for access to new paid parts of all nine participating sites from the country’s main publishers. So I calculate Piano has 5,306 paying customers in Slovenia.

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Ongoing Conflicts in the World

January 9th, 2009 § Comments Off on Ongoing Conflicts in the World § permalink

Gold Market, Gaza City
Image via Wikipedia

While listening to shocking reports from Gaza I started to imagine a true online newspaper of the future. Since navigating information and additional information became so simple, I expect my paper to be a structured aggregate of knowledge, not just the most appealing news resource. On ‘world affairs’ section, I want to see all wars that are going on in the world today and browse trough their histories, so that I can create my opinion about it based on facts. I don’t want to live in a media-constructed reality thinking that there is only one good and one evil at each moment.

And this morning, I entered the search term into the engine: “wars going on in the world”, and was pleasantly surprised – Wikipedia has this page called Ongoing Conflicts, summarizing exactly what I was looking for, including a map. This is not the first time Wikipedia had some obscure idea of mine already included, and each time this happens, I get a nice feeling of at least something moving in the right direction in this world – collaborative encyclopedia can really be the groundworks for many amazing applications of the future. The web is still young.

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