> >> Not to burst your bubbles, but I have read yahoo is losing
> >> money, and is going to switch to pay for service, including
> >> searches. And as is most of the internet. The free ride is
> >> coming to an end.
> > Never happen, my friend. I've been doing consulting in this
> > field for quite a while, and it's just not realistic. Somebody
> > will *always* offer it for free; and if you charge, people will
> > leave. For example, if Yahoo starts charging, everyone will
> > move over to Google. Simple. True, very few inet companies are
> > making money, but there's the facts of free service.
> It looks like it may be starting to happen:
> Interesting news... today Yahoo! said that as of September 30 it had 4.2
> million unique paying subscribers to its services, compared with 3.5 million
> three months ago and 1.5 million a year ago. Yahoo also said that its paid
> search and regular on-line advertising grew almost 50% from a year ago.
> On the flip side of the copin, I haven't seen any report of an overall exodus
> away from Yahoo!.