The New York Times is poised to eliminate its TimesSelect product, making its popular columns, discussion boards and other features free to search engine spiders and all the denizens of the Internet, according to a report in the New York Post. If true, this effectively ends the most prominent example of putting popular news content behind a pay wall (outside of the Wall Street Journal, of course).
I’d mourn thee, TimesSelect, save for the fact that I can now e-mail Thomas Friedman columns to my fiancee and friends. Come on, who could keep that cuddly, pouty face behind a pay wall for long? [Link via Romenesko]