Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook

If it were that easy, I firmly believe this would’ve happened by now.  It’s easier to get 1% of the people to pay 100x for something than it is to get even 10% to pay 1x:

Internet sites should allow their users to be the customers. I would, as I bet many others would, happily pay more than 20 cents per month for a Facebook or a Google that did not track me, upgraded its encryption and treated me as a customer whose preferences and privacy matter.

Many people say that no significant number of users will ever pay directly for Internet services. But that is because we are misled by the mantra that these services are free. With growing awareness of the privacy cost of ads, this may well change. Millions of people pay for Netflix despite the fact that pirated copies of many movies are available free. We eventually pay for ads, anyway, as that cost is baked into products we purchase. A seamless, secure micropayment system that spreads a few pennies at a time as we browse a social network, up to a preset monthly limit, would alter the whole landscape for the better.

via Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook – NYTimes.com.

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