As a brief follow-up to our post earlier about how the blogosphere freaks out whenever money is involved, we point to a recent post by Jason Calacanis of WIN/AOL:
While some folks have been shocked–SHOCKED!–that I offered to pay top bookmarkers, others have taken a day or two to think about the idea and realize that it is the totally logical evolution of “crowdsourcing” and Web 2.0.
Of course, the Web 2.0 elite want to make the decision for social bookmarkers–and for me and my company Netscape. How dare we offer people money for their work?!?!!? How dare these people get paid for their time!??!?!
Jason echos my own thoughts in my earlier post from a few days ago in which I pointed out that there’s a large quantity of “purists” who would probably only be happy if blogs never had ads and never evolved into a business.
He goes on with some other great commentary on this subject – including how paying bloggers threatens the media elite, how paying bloggers, frightens entrepreneurs, and how the talent pool continues to grow.
And then for an irreverent look at this issue, see Those Bastards! post on how Michael Arrington is a nitwit that needs to go back to being a bad lawyer (or, kudos to Jason Calcanis for actually paying people, so un Web 2.0 ish).
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.