App.net goes ‘freemium’

Although App.net has had only paid account tiers thus far, we initially conceived of App.net as a freemium service. It took some time to get to this point, but we are now ready to make this vision a reality.

I admit that the charm of App.net has passed me by; I’ve never subscribed, because I just didn’t see the point. But I know that price was holding some people back. So if you don’t mind living with the limitations (“free” users can only follow 40 users and have limits on storage and upload rates), now may be the time. Only one catch: You have to get an invite from a paid App.net user.



  • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

    I subscribed for a period of time but never saw the value of App.net over what I was already getting via Twitter.

    • imthedude

      I agree, I wouldn’t be able to find it either. Except I’m sure zero spam. For free I’d give it a go, but alas nobody I know uses it.

  • http://twitter.com/axou Aksam

    I always believed app.net was more tech-users centered. I don’t have an account neither do I know someone with a paid account but that’s what I always believed and maybe this is the value of the product. Smart, tekky users.

  • http://twitter.com/TomWinzig Tom Winzig

    Some of the appeal is that your favorite third-party client won’t eventually be smothered by the people running the service…

  • http://www.tnypxl.com/ Arik Jones

    App.net doesn’t have the appeal of Twitter. 80% of twitter users haven’t the slightest clue what Twitter is doing to developers. I don’t know that App.net will ever have the appeal of Twitter.

  • http://twitter.com/CoreyTamas Joel In Real Life

    Looking through these comments about App.net I’m reminded very strongly of what people were saying about Twitter in 2007. At the time, most people were saying they didn’t get it, they had no reason to try it, it didn’t understand why they should, nobody they knew used it, and believed it would be gone before too long. Now, people talk about Twitter in a very different way: as if its existence is a matter of natural law and as if it’s fully unassailable by competitors.

    App.net is very new on the scene, but everything they’ve done so far is a bull’s-eye and is built on the philosophical ideas most of us wish Twitter and Facebook took seriously from the outset. It may never take off, but if it turns out to be a success story then this is a very realistic thing to expect from the first chapter of that story.

    Have a little vision, folks. Even Twitter wasn’t Twitter until it was about four years old.