App.net Moves To Invite Only Freemium Service

Built as a paid, ad-free alternative to Twitter, App.net 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 App.net, you need to receive an invite from a paid member.

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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.

App.net 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 App.net apps for iPhone and follow me @meinck.

Source: ADN

  • Zorin

    I’m not sure what the point of App.net. 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.

  • Rafael David González

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