The Era of Free Social Media Is Over

Cost of entry is no longer just your attention

Stephen Moore
5 min readFeb 28, 2023

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If the product is free, you are the product.

It’s the defining phrase of the current era of social media. It’s the idea that because we aren’t paying to use the service, we, the users, are the product. The…

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Stephen Moore

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