Roll Call doesn’t want my eyeballs

I confess I have never before read Roll Call or been to their website. I don’t live or work in DC so for me, this kind of information isn’t essential.

This tweet caught my attention however: http://twitter.com/rollcall/statuses/13367697891 It promised something both political and funny, an irresistible combination. Having clicked on it though, I was rudely awakened to the fact that I wouldn’t get to see the content the tweet advertised unless I was willing to pony up a fairly sizable chunk of change.

Looking at the bottom of Roll Call’s homepage, I found out that they’re owned by these folks: http://www.economistgroup.com/index.html Thus, the question of why they charge so damn much for access to their content becomes even more pressing. Does anyone know the answer?

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 5, 2010

    They don’t want you because you don’t have the ability to pay. Roll Call is in the information provision business – information that is vital to the success of many industries and interests. They know the value of their information and so they charge for it. I can only dream of providing information so valuable. Don’t you?

  2. Anna Tarkov May 5, 2010

    I completely understand that. But what about the stuff on there that doesn’t have tremendous value? Like the tweet I referred to for instance. Isn’t it possible for them to segment their content the way, say, Rich Miller does with the Capitol Fax?

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