• http://istudioweb.com Zealus.com

    Perhaps they have discovered the BugMeNot.com ? :)

  • http://www.traffick.com AndrewGoodman

    This is an absolutely brilliant illustration of the trend away from subscriptions, and the vindication of the ad model. Like it or not, this is something that Eric Schmidt has been talking about the past couple of years. Ad supported, open services work. Here’s proof the other kind (walled content) so often does not work.

  • http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/index.html Jennifer Apple

    I hope this has a domino effect. So many blog posts link to news that gets archived and moved behind subscription schemes. Good news.

  • http://www.shapeable.com SeanIM

    Glad to see this movement. Subscriptions I feel should be left to truly ‘private club’ type of situations. General media publications being open just seems to make sense. Now if they had a private club on frog farming that I felt compelled to be a part of as I wanted to become a frog farming professional, then sure it’d make sense to opt-in and possibly pay a fee for access to that specialty data.

  • http://www.semreportcard.com semreportcard

    Another factor for the NYT as well as other major publishers like Hearst, Gannett, and the Tribune Company is archiving. In the past two years I have had discussions with the leadership of all these entities in an effort to get them to see the benefits of traffic generated by the search engine visibility of all their content. The executive director at Tribune informed me that the revenues from paid access to archives wasn’t enough to keep the lights on. This move by the NYT was just a matter of time.