I just got an email from the chairma of Ecademy:
I’ve not really paid much attention to Ecademy… it is a European professional network. The two things I think I know about Ecademy are:
- There are lots of small businesses there promoting their stuff (hawking their warez). This is quite a big difference between Ecademy and LinkedIn – sure there is business stuff in LinkedIn, but I think the general feeling is in LinkedIn it’s the professional first, company second (in many cases). I don’t know, but what I’ve heard, in Ecademy it’s my company first, then the professional.
- Scott Allen is the expert in Ecademy. He was a few years ago, I don’t know if he’s kept up with it.
That’s really all I know about Ecademy.
I find it intriguing that they have been charging $39.95/month for blackstar level access… that is more than LinkedIn’s lowest ($20/month) level.
WHO IS PAYING THAT?
Enough people, apparently, to encourage them to increase the price by about 10%.
My thoughts were:
- Would regular LinkedIn users pay $40 or $43/month for a high-level access? I doubt it. Companies would, but I doubt individuals would.
- Would LinkedIn users be okay with a 10% increase in the fee? I highly doubt it. We’ve become so accustomed to getting lots of stuff online for free… not for regular increases in monthly fees.
I don’t know much about Ecademy now but I’ve always wanted to learn more… time and money have been my issues.