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How much is a social network worth to you?

Recently my Flickr account reached the limits of the free version. It took me two years to reach the maximum of 200 photos, what makes me a light or medium user I guess. I can upgrade for just $25,- a year and have all the photo-upload-fun imaginable.

So what’s the problem? Nothing really, except the fact I have three webservers out there. Those servers cost me € 25,- a year and I can upload and share all the pictures I want, maintain a weblog, etc.. I’m sure there are even cheaper hosting solutions.

The only reason I would convert to a Flickr Pro account is for the network. The social aspect and guaranteed viewers on the Flickr website (although most viewers come in when posting a link here). I would pay for the social network.

I’m also thinking about upgrading my Last.fm account. The same with Last.fm, I would also pay for the network.

Are small subscriptions the future of a social internet?
Paying for four social networks brings your yearly social expenses around $ 60,-. A blog and e-mail is free, video-sharing sites start paying for your popular content. Advertising on social networks makes it easier to target an audience because of the very strong user profile, making ads more valuable and thus more expensive for the advertiser.

For example: Flickr can see what camera you use and promote your type of camera to the people who like your photos. Last.fm knows exactly what you listen to and what you would probably buy. Some sites say they turn of the ads If you pay them, so does Firefox if you want.

I’m still not sure if I have to upgrade my Flickr account. I love Flickr, but I don’t want to be bound to all kinds of annual payments I don’t really need. Any ideas?

update
A new deal for Last.fm

One reply on “How much is a social network worth to you?”

[…] I’ve been debating about upgrading my Flickr to Pro status for a little while now and to see what it might be worth to me. I’ve obviously been hunting around online and in the blogosphere (more specifically the general web, including Flickr groups as well as  blogs) to see if there are any testimonials of how the upgrade was worth the extra coin. Some people mention that the ability to archive all their images online is nice, and they prefer it over Kodak or some of the other photosharing systems that are out there when they send images to their friends. Others like the fact that there is a generally mature community that is present and it’s a refreshing change from Facebook or Myspace. Along these lines, I found one post in particular that stood out. This person is also wondering about making the jump and sees that the social network is really the biggest selling point and that the yearly fee to be able to archive images for as long as you pay is somewhat iffy for those who are already paying for hosting and the rest. […]

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