App.net, the project that emerged from founder Dalton Caldwell’s desire to build a social platform that wasn’t driven by advertising, is adding its first free option today.
Given Caldwell’s emphasis on creating a product that people are actually willing to pay for, this might seem like a step backwards, or one of those infamous startup “pivots.” However, Caldwell told me that this actually… → Read More
The great thing about San Francisco is that it’s a small town in size. As I was walking to the office today I walked by Steve Streza of Pocket and we caught up on what he’s working on lately. Yesterday, there was an App.net hackathon and Steve showed me what he made, and it’s really cool. If you’re unsure, App.net is a project that is kind of like Twitter, for those who don’t want to necessarily… → Read More
App.net, the Dalton Caldwell startup that pivoted from being essentially an About.me for apps, and towards being a paid Twitter alternative, today got a boost on the software side thanks to the introduction of Netbot by Tapbots. Netbot, as any Tapbots fan will likely immediately recognize, is essentially a modified version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad, but one that works with App.net instead. → Read More
App.net just announced some price changes to its Twitter-like service focused on unlimited API usage. The major change is a much needed 40 percent price drop for its yearly subscription. It now costs $36 per year. In addition to adjusting existing plans, the company is announcing another plan to try out the service. You can subscribe for $5 a month while you are uncertain about using the service… → Read More
After raising $500,000 to create an ad-free social platform for developers six weeks ago, Dalton Caldwell’s App.net has silently been courting developers to build apps that rely on its APIs. Now it’s giving them another reason to build on its platform by offering a financial incentive. In a blog post today, Caldwell announced that the company will begin rewarding developers with at least $20,000 a… → Read More
Yet, when it comes to creating a competitor to such an ubiquitous service, App.net now has to face many challenges. Most of them will be very hard to overcome — even harder than reaching its $500,000 funding goal. → Read More
Do you have $50? Do you trust strangers with it? Do you like paying for evanescent access to a service you may never use? Then App.netIHave50Dollars.com is the site for you. Not everyone has $50 they’re willing to push down a rat-hole in hopes of access to a social media service based on a promise by a man with a proven track record in being compellingly earnest on camera, but if you do, this may… → Read More
In a bit of fallout from Dalton Caldwell’s decision to refocus his company App.net on building a real-time social platform, as well his subsequent open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticizing the company’s “bad-faith” acquisition practices, investor Marc Andreessen is leaving the startup’s board.
Andreessen will be replaced on the board of Mixed Media Labs (the company that Caldwell… → Read More