Possible Academia.edu Fees Spark Controversy

Some controversy about Academia.edu after reports surface about possible fees. “Outraged academics last week encouraged their colleagues to delete their Academia.edu accounts after an email suggested the scholarly social network was considering charging users a fee to have their work considered for a recommendation.” A move of this sort will kill Academia.edu. It reminds me of when Yahoo started charging for consideration of inclusion in its directory – not inclusion, just consideration of inclusion. That one small thing completely changed the tenor of Yahoo overnight.

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