Social networkings revenue plans
Although few attendees at the social-networking event disputed the usefulness of social networking, some questioned how these companies will bring in revenues. ZeroDegrees, which currently does not charge users, eventually plans to sell subscriptions for $10 to $20 per month per user, Jeffrey said. Organizations also can buy blocks of subscriptions, he added. Another panelist, Adrian Scott, CEO of Ryze Ltd., said his Ryze.com site brings in revenue through three streams: subscriptions that offer advanced search capabilities and privacy levels for $9.95 per month; classified feature ads, which cost $9.95 per month; and networking events. Ryze, which Scott launched in the summer of 2001, has been profitable for about a year now, he said. Visible Path plans to offer its software as a service, charging companies platform-licensing fees that start at $20,000 per year and scale up depending on the number of seats. A 1,000-person company, for example, would pay $100,000 a year.Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
"In enterprise tech, this is clearly going to be ubiquitous," Bryden said. "The question is, Who will deliver the technology, and how will they deliver it?"