Moves To Invite Only Freemium Service

Built as a paid, ad-free alternative to Twitter, has seen a number of changes to their pricing, with the most significant being their move today to becoming a ‘freemium service’. Starting today, they are introducing a free tier that will sit with their existing paid tier. In order to gain free entry to, you need to receive an invite from a paid member. apps iPhone

Free tier members receive all the benefits of premium members, with a few exceptions.

  • Free tier accounts can follow a maximum of 40 users
  • Free tier accounts have 500 MB of available file storage
  • Free tier accounts can upload a file with a maximum size of 10 MB

Paid members will receive invitations to hand out and they are incentivized to use them by receiving 100MB of additiona storage if:

  • The invited member follows at least 5 other accounts
  • The invited member authorizes a third-party app

If you had an existing 30-day trial at any point, you are automatically eligible for the free tier. started as a very cool idea and many folks like the idea of an alternative to Twitter who continues to hostile to developers. Unfortunately, the network continues to suffer from a lack of activity, much of which is duplication of content from Twitter. No one in my feed has left Twitter and for the most part, I see more conversations and content streaming through my free Twitter account. This move to a freemium model is sorely needed, but I’m not sure if it’s too little, too late. Don’t be surprised if a few months from now they shift away from the invite only to a free for all on the free tier. If you do find yourself on ADN, be sure to check out our list of the best apps for iPhone and follow me @meinck.

Source: ADN


  1. Zorin says

    I’m not sure what the point of If a social network has a barrier to entry, very few will use it because you won’t have the “critical mass” effect that systems like Twitter and Facebook have.

  2. Rafael David González says

    I agree 100% with Zorin. There isn’t any conceivable reason to pay for when Twitter gives it for free, simply by exposing me to advertising; advertising which, up to this point, has been largely unobtrusive…

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