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One of the most persistent Internet myths is that you can't charge for content.
I believe that the content people created and is worthwhile will not and should not be free. But the question is how to charge. Information can be valuable only when it is sorted out and customer-tailored. That's the difference between "information" and "data." Versioning seems like a feasible way to charge. Premium content or, in other words, more well-sorted content can be charged. Advanced search function, database archives and so on can also be charged. It's true that it's hard to convert the online customer behaviours, but it's a must for healthy development for the Internet. I am just wondering whether a credit card is the only or the best paying solution for such paying methods as pay-per-use or pay-per-bite. Would people like to check out a credit card report with many many several cents or dollars expenses? Any discussion about Internet content charging is very much welcome. Xin