ergophobe - 10:16 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
So, is it time to make a plan for your migration off Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo! mail? I guess not, because, as I said, you are the product (the customer is the ad buyer).
>>Apples and Oranges
Not really - applies to any free service I think. For Facebook, TWitter, Gmail, Hotmail, etc etc etc, I am an asset, a resource, a data set, a product.
That's true even in traditional publishing. The reason Newsweek is $5 at the newstand and $0.27 by subscription is that subscription levels are what support ad buys. Clearly that magazine costs more to produce and send than $0.27, so I'm being sold there as well.