With the endless speculation about Twitter‘s monetisation plans and ample indications that most Twitter users *would* be willing to pay some hard-earned cash for their continued use of the service, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what web applications people currently pay for.
For my part, it has to be a pretty special tool to be worth forking out for, given the vast and ever-growing array of cool web 2.0 apps out there.
But I’m not averse, on principle, to ‘going pro’ with something that is life-changing, fully integrated into my world and which I would not now like to go without.
Twitter is definitely in that category, but what else? I’ve only gone pro with two apps, so far:
How much? $24/year
Why? Because Flickr is nicer to use than Picasa web albums, integrates neatly with my other social web profiles and this blog, I’d reached the limit on accessing my archives using the free account and outgrown the free 3 ‘sets’ Yahoo gives you, and for a backup of my precious photos somewhere in the cloud it’s a bargain.
Remember The Milk
How much? $25/year
Why? Because RTM rocks, I have a Windows smart phone (for the time being) and the excellent RTM synchronisation program, MilkSync, is only available to RTM Pro users.
So what apps have you paid for, and why?
Update: Some more answers have trickled in on Twitter:
- jamesclay @neillyneil I would pay for Evernote but haven’t reached the limit on the free version yet
- jamesclay @neillyneil Paid for Flickr, RTM (for iPhone), WordPress (for video), Gabcast
- jukesie @neillyneil paid for flickr (extra uploads) basecamp (larger projects) and remember the milk (just because I felt it deserved supporting)
- davebriggs @neillyneil I’ve paid for Flickr and some wordpress.com upgrades