NiemanLab: Quartz is dropping its paywall (but hopes its 25,000 paying members will stick around for the newsletters)

NiemanLab: Quartz is dropping its paywall (but hopes its 25,000 paying members will stick around for the newsletters). “With the short-lived metered paywall out of the way, the vast majority of Quartz content will now be free for all. Frequent visitors to QZ.com will be asked to register their email after reading three articles per month. The only content that’ll remain subscriber-only is a handful of premium emails, including the recently-launched Quartz Africa, The Forecast, and the Weekend Brief.”

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos. “Flickr isn’t very good at making money, but as the old adage goes, sex sells. So, in an attempt to draw in more paying subscribers, Flickr changed its content guidelines to only allow Flickr Pro users to post ‘restricted’ or ‘moderate’ content, which includes photos of ‘full-frontal nudity and sexual acts.’” Honestly had no idea that Flickr allowed NSFW content in the first place.

Washington Post: Worried Wordle may go behind a paywall? Here are 8 alternatives.

Washington Post: Worried Wordle may go behind a paywall? Here are 8 alternatives.. I recognize the irony of a Washington Post article about paywalls. However this article is overtly non-paywalled, probably because the Washington Post had the same recognition. “I’ve scoured the Internet and crowdsourced friends for free Wordle-inspired adaptations. They range from NSFW options like Lewdle (like, seriously NSFW), to music-inspired alternatives like this Phish-themed version, to just plain silly, like Letterle.”

Twitter shouldn’t be hiding basic app improvements behind its Blue paywall (The Verge)

The Verge: Twitter shouldn’t be hiding basic app improvements behind its Blue paywall. “It doesn’t take much time using Twitter to realize that the ability to quickly fix a typo would be a nice thing to have. Or that the company should do something to fix threaded conversations, which have become such a mess that there’s actually enough demand for a third-party service, Thread Reader, specifically to try and wrangle the chaos. But instead of just fixing the obvious problems with its product, Twitter Blue takes features like the undo button for tweets, the reader mode for threads, or the ability to edit the navigation bar — basic improvements that would improve Twitter’s usability for everyone — and limits them only to those willing to pay for them.”

CNET: YouTube surpasses 50 million subscribers for music and ad-free video watching

CNET: YouTube surpasses 50 million subscribers for music and ad-free video watching. “YouTube has built up a paying subscriber base of more than 50 million accounts, the company said in a letter posted to YouTube’s blog Thursday. The members cross its music-streaming service YouTube Music and its YouTube Premium offering that includes Music as well as perks on its main video site, like watching ad-free. The 50 million figure also includes people on free trials.”

The Conversation: The more video streaming services we get, the more we’ll turn to piracy

The Conversation: The more video streaming services we get, the more we’ll turn to piracy. “We now have more than a dozen ‘subscription video on demand’ services to choose from, with many dozens more options available worldwide to anyone with a VPN to get around geoblocks. But all this competition isn’t actually making things easier. It’s likely all this ‘choice’ will see more of us turning to piracy to watch our favourite films and televisions shows.” Or maybe finding something else to watch? Just an idea.

ABC Future Tense (Australia): Link rot, pay walls and the perils of preservation

ABC Future Tense (Australia): Link rot, pay walls and the perils of preservation. “The cliché is that once something goes online, it’s up there forever. But the truth is that the Internet has a memory problem and some of what we’re losing – or could potentially lose – has significance and value. While archivists struggle with the challenge of preserving our digital record, the rise of pay walls present a particular problem.” This show will include participants from Internet Archive, Harvard Law School, and International Archives of Australia. I looked at a couple of previous shows and unfortunately did not see any evidence of captions.

The Verge: Substack is getting into comics

The Verge: Substack is getting into comics. “Substack is trying to put a new spin on webcomics. The newsletter platform announced today that it’s signed a number of comics creators up to use its platform. They’ll email comics out to readers and use Substack’s subscription tools to charge directly for access to their work.”

Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature. “…like any social media company, Tumblr needs to keep itself afloat in order for its users to continue sharing esoteric fan art, incomprehensible shitposts, and overly personal diary entries hidden beneath a ‘Read More’ button. Yesterday, Tumblr announced the limited beta test of its Post+ subscription feature, which — if all goes as planned — will eventually let Tumblr users post paywalled content to subscribers that pay them $3.99, $5.99 or $9.99 per month.”

The Electrochemical Society: Free the Science Week Takes Down ECS Research Paywall

The Electrochemical Society: Free the Science Week Takes Down ECS Research Paywall. “The Electrochemical Society (ECS) celebrates its fifth annual Free the Science Week from April 5-11, 2021, by taking down the paywall to the ECS Digital Library. Throughout the week, the Society’s online collection of published research is freely accessible to everyone. The ECS Digital Library is hosted on IOPscience and includes over 160,000 scientific journal and magazine articles and meeting abstracts, and the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in its field.”