Techdirt to offer premium content
by Chris Roush
The technology news site Techdirt is offering a new subscription service that allows readers to read, among other things, stories before they are posted and stories that may never get posted.
Mike Masnick of Techdirt writes, “It has many of the same offerings that the original had, but a bunch of new and expanded offerings as well. It’s designed more as a store than a “tiered” setup, so shop around a bit. We’ll have a few more posts highlighting some key features and merchandise, but for those of you already familiar with the Techdirt Crystal Ball — which allows you to get early access to some stories and preview the headlines of others — that’s still around, but it’s now been expanded, so you get to see some stories up to two hours early, rather than just one. And, if you sign up for a premium package, you can even get the brand new Crystal Ball Plus, which gives you pretty detailed access to all sorts of posts we’re working on, including false-start stories that never make it onto the site, and some works that are very much in progress. If you’re already a Techdirt Crystal Ball subscriber, your account has been upgraded to the new version, meaning you get to see more stories earlier, and you get some other features.
“We also have some brand new features on the site for Insiders, including the new First Word/Last Word offering, which I’ll have another post discussing in more detail a little later today. There’s also the brand new Insider Chat which all of you should be able to see to your right. Certain Insider membership packages allow you to join in the chat. Without one of those… you can still view the chat, but you can’t participate. Also, for those who sign up for longer term packages, we have a number of offerings, including special Insider Hangouts (using Google+’s Hangouts feature), which should be a lot of fun. Check out the store for a detailed explanation of all the new blog features that are available.”
Read more here. Techdirt is also offering that it will shut its site down for one day for $1 million.