Brad Fitzpatrick (bradfitz) wrote in syn_promo,
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Free users watching syndication

It's always bothered me a little that we only let paid users get access to other people's content. It is available still to free users through /calendar, then the day views, but I don't want to appear to others to be capitalizing on the content itself, rather than the tool. (really, people are paying for the aggregation tool/service, but not everybody might see it like that....)

Plus, it's not consistent with other parts of LiveJournal where we provide a bit of the service (3 userpics, instead of 10) instead of not offering at all (no userpics would suck).

So, free users now have 0.99 syndication points. This lets them add 3 or 4 popular feeds and get a taste for the convenience, but since it's less than 1, they're not able to create new feeds, which is good for safety reasons.

Sound good?

Now we appear less evil to others, and we give free users a taste of a paid feature.
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