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Honolulu Civil Beat Now Free… There is a Sucker Born Every Minute

This is the story of the online paper that got in over there heads here in Hawaii… or in other words, there is a sucker born every minute.

I just read that the Civil Beat is now free to the “occasional reader” over at Got Windmills as Andy Parx writes:

…But we heard from Mike yesterday that there are going to be “some changes to civilbeat.com” and that “(e)verything we’ve been working on is now free for occasional readers…

…We wonder what those who paid for a year are thinking… probably much the same thing we did when we got to Woodstock after having paid 18, 1969 dollars for tickets and found the fences on the ground…”

I have never been a fan of the Civil Beat and I did mention that this was not the first time that Omidyar has tried to set something like this up that has failed.

In May of last year I wrote:

Well we can’t say that Pierre Omidyar hasn’t tried something similar to the Honolulu Civil Beat before and it appears that it wasn’t as successful as he may have thought it could be.

I just checked out Bayosphere and it’s pretty bland.

Bayosphere, launched in June last year, has close to 100,000 unique visitors a month, but Gillmor has acknowledged the experiment hasn’t turned out the way he had hoped. Gillmor, a former Mercury News columnist, received funding from the Omidyar Network, an investment group founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and from tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor.

I guess in April 2006, Omidyar also helped finance Backfence which also looks pretty barren.

Backfence’s Susan DeFife has said that the startup planned to expand and now we see how they plan to proceed, at least in the San Francisco Bay area. Both Backfence and Bayosphere were funded initially by the Omidyar Network. (Bayosphere raised about $200,000 in total, part of it from Mitch Kapor.)

But like I’ve said… I’ll be patient of this venture… and just wish that I had a billionaire financing my blog.

Of course, from the results of the poll that I posted  on would you be willing to fork out $240 per year for online news, where more then 50.75 % of the folks said “Your Kidding”, 41.79% flat out said “No” and only %7.46 percent said they would be willing to pay for online news pretty much reflects what I think Civil Beat is learning!

I’m wondering if the Civil Beat is now offering refunds to those that did pay into their format of providing news?  There’s a sucker born every minute… and you know what they say about a fool and his money!

Of course… all of this could be for nothing… and they might just put up that wall again for us folks that won’t pay for their subscription… but until then… check it out The Honolulu Civil Beat.

Honolulu Civil Beat is Not Pierre Omidyar’s First Attempt at an Online Venture

Well we can’t say that Pierre Omidyar hasn’t tried something similar to the Honolulu Civil Beat before and it appears that it wasn’t as successful as he may have thought it could be.

I just checked out Bayosphere and it’s pretty bland.

Bayosphere, launched in June last year, has close to 100,000 unique visitors a month, but Gillmor has acknowledged the experiment hasn’t turned out the way he had hoped. Gillmor, a former Mercury News columnist, received funding from the Omidyar Network, an investment group founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and from tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor.

I guess in April 2006, Omidyar also helped finance Backfence which also looks pretty barren.

Backfence’s Susan DeFife has said that the startup planned to expand and now we see how they plan to proceed, at least in the San Francisco Bay area. Both Backfence and Bayosphere were funded initially by the Omidyar Network. (Bayosphere raised about $200,000 in total, part of it from Mitch Kapor.)

But like I’ve said… I’ll be patient of this venture… and just wish that I had a billionaire financing my blog.

Honolulu Civil Beat Starts Up… Wishing the Best to the New Online Start Up… Honolulu Civil Beat

I personally want to wish the success of the new online paper “media” being started today by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Everyone check out Honolulu Civil Beat and let’s give this a chance to survive before we beat it to death.  I think many of us that were online when eBay came out… laughed at the concept.

I will say that as of this posting… on my non scientific poll that I ran… only 3 people out of 58 said that they would pay $240.00 per year for a site like this.

Anyone feel like sponsoring a “blogger”  a subscription to this thing so that I can post snippets to the public?

Just teasing!

Question… Would You Fork Out $240.00 a Year for Online News?

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has had a soft launch with his new attempt at making news profitable online with the Honolulu Civil Beat and I myself am pretty disappointed that it isn’t going to feature neighbor island news at this time.

I sure won’t be paying $240.00 a year to basically be allowed to make comments on the site… However, what I could do… is simply take snippets of their news and allow any Joe Blow that wants… to make the comments on my site for free.

So I ask the question… would you be willing to pay $240.00 a year to billionaire Omidyar to run what at this point, just looks like a contributory news site run by folks that were hand selected by the billionaire?

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