I just joined App.net. In my line of work it is kind of mandatory to join new networks. So I join them all, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Triberr, Diaspora* and so on and so on… Tried UNTHINK, Zurker and several others. Not all of them work out or even exist anymore. Some are strong, most are similar and a few really stand out.
And now App.net is here. A new hope…
According to App.net: “App.net is a different kind of social platform. We’re building a real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers.”
This quote can be found on join.app.net, here you can also sign up. Mind you, it is a paid service, a paid social network.., what? I’m typing this and thinking.., wait, I paid to join a social network.., that is unheard of! How dare they…
Well.., actually it just might be the future. Join Facebook or Twitter and you’ll expose yourself to their commercial activities.., you are the product!
With App.net you pay with money instead of with personal information and invasive advertisement.., sounds a lot better now, doesn’t it?
$50 for a year, for the first year ($100 if you want to develop).
We get to figure out whether or not we like the service, the developers can go nuts without (many) restrictions and App.net gets a chance.
Sounds like a good deal.., because let’s face it.., the business model the others have might in the long run cost you more than a meager $50 a year.
If you want to know more about App.net, and you do, read the user generated FAQ.
Or just start at join.app.net.
If you decide to join.., find and join me. You can find me at https://alpha.app.net/rogiernoort