Bing and Google Pay for Twitter

It looks like Google and Bing are now paying for a Twitter firehose feed.

What’s interesting here isn’t the deal – what’s interesting is that Google is PAYING for content.

In the past they have refused to pay for content acquisition. Your pay was the traffic that Google sent your way.

Now the NYTimes can come to Google and they have a bit more leverage this time. You’re paying for Twitter content! Hand us over some change for the NYTimes or we’ll cut you off…

My take on the subject is that content providers like Facebook, MySpace, etc should create open networks for their users.

There’s a huge value in creating an open eco-system around content. Creating artificially walled gardens is so CompuServe/AOL. This is Web 2.0. You’re either open or you’re (eventually) dead.

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