[UPDATED BELOW] From The New York Times help section on Digital Subscriptions:
Can I still access NYTimes.com articles through Facebook, Twitter, Google or my blog?
Yes. We encourage links from Facebook, Twitter, search engines, blogs and social media. When you visit NYTimes.com through a link from one of these channels, that article (or video, slide show, etc.) will count toward your monthly limit of 20 free articles, but you will still be able to view it even if you’ve already read your 20 free articles.
When you visit NYTimes.com by clicking links in Google search results, you’ll enjoy up to five free articles per day.
Wait a minute. If you click a link via Facebook/Twitter, “…that article (or video, slide show, etc.) will count toward your monthly limit of 20 free articles, but you will still be able to view it even if you’ve already read your 20 free articles.“
So if you have viewed your limit of 20 articles, and then click a link to an article in The New York Times via twitter, you will be able to “view” that article? Because that sounds like you can view as many articles as you want*, so long as you click the link via “Facebook, Twitter, search engines, blogs and social media.”
Digital Subscriptions and Premium Products [The New York Times]
UPDATE: Here’s an answer, from @NYTDigitalSubscription on Twitter: “@nyctheblog Yes. Clicking on an article from social media will give you free access to that article.”
*But this leads to another question I did not consider earlier. My assumption was you could just take the permalink from an article you haven’t read and drop it in Twitter. But can you? Will permalinks to articles (not yet read) be accessible to those who have reached their limit?
UPDATE: I asked Patrick LaForge, editor at The New York Times (and @nytdigital subscription, who have not responded): “No idea,” he wrote.”