stage1350, on 16 March 2013 - 08:27 PM, said:
I was debating going out to the range today, so I checked the Weather Channel. Thankfully, they didn't waste my bandwidth asking me to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. I waded through their ads, got the info I wanted, and went on with my day.
It really can be that simple sometimes...
Until you figure out that even in this simple world you envision, someone has to pay the bills for all the wonderful weather information you enjoy using. As I remember, at the commercial beginnings of the internet, there were a number of great ideas that failed because they couldn't find a way to pay the bills. There were a huge number of people who lost a boat-load of money on these great ideas. They failed to listen to people like Warren Buffett who said (and I paraphrase) never invest in anything whose founders can't clearly explain how they intend to add positive numbers their income statements' bottom line. Thankfully some of the folks behind the internet sites I frequent (especially GolfWRX) figured out a way to finance themselves. I'll gladly wade through the ads, appeals to "like", etc. to enjoy what I have here on GolfWRX and for that matter, Weather.com.