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It’s a basic question, and everyone’s first question (about us anyway). We thought we’d take a moment to answer it, as simply as possible.
Developers are working on more than fifty apps, ranging from native iOS clients and desktop applications to web apps. It's an inspiring list, and there are more added each day. See the full list and the devs responsible on our GitHub page.
In this blog post, Dalton discusses several open standards that App.net will support.
Dalton's latest post is an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook's bad-faith negotiations with us and the very real risk of 3rd party development on an ad-supported platform.
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Additionally, you can read his earlier post describing the lost opportunity of the Twitter API here. Dalton's post touched off a huge public debate regarding the business model challenges of "Web2.0" services, and has been viewed by over 80,000 people thus far.
We will never sell your personal data, content, feed, interests, clicks, or anything else to advertisers. We promise.
App.net members always have full control of their data and the fundamental right to easily back-up, export, and delete ALL of their data, whenever they want.
In this paid model, the more people that value our service highly enough to pay for it, the more money we make. Our financial incentives are entirely tied to successfully delivering a service you can depend on, not on holding our ecosystem hostage.
Rather than waste most of our engineering time coming up with new and exciting ways to sell your personal data to advertisers, 100% of our engineering and product team is focused on building the most innovative and reliable service we can.
App.net will always have a clear business model. We know that depending on services that could go away or desperately squeeze users for more and more money is a toxic cycle.
We want our ecosystem to rest easy that App.net is built on a financially solid foundation.
We believe that developers building on our platform are increasing the value and attractiveness of our service to paying members, and thus our financial interests are fundamentally aligned. We hope developers build large, robust businesses on top of our platform. Even if it means that we will likely forgo some huge future revenue streams, we will NEVER screw developers acting in good faith.
Many people have become so cynical about user-hostile, privacy-violating social services that they refuse to participate at all. We can understand why. Earning your trust is the most important thing we can do. It won't be easy, and we will make some mistakes, but we will do our best to be honest and transparent.
Dalton Caldwell, CEO of Mixed Media Labs (App.net and PicPlz), and former CEO of imeem, wrote this post. The blogpost started a huge public debate and was viewed and re-Tweeted by over 80,000 people within a week. The App.net team sensed a movement, and thus created this plan.
We pledge that we, App.net, will never derive revenue from advertising in any manner. However, we don't see any reason to restrict commercial messages from appearing on the service from accounts a user follows. If you don’t want messages from a brand – or anyone, for that matter – you simply stop following that brand. The beauty of a follow model is that users have complete control over the kinds of messages they see.
For comparison’s sake, imagine if your ISP started injecting advertising into your browsing session. It would be terrible and wrong, correct? However, if you use your internet connection to visit an advertising supported website, you are opting-in to ads. Currently, Twitter is forcing “promoted” tweets into your stream, and there is no way to avoid that. The point of our pledge is to put YOU in control.
For the user tier, we looked at a few factors. First off, Facebook makes roughly 80 cents per user per month from their userbase. Facebook will be dramatically increasing their monetization in the coming months, and public markets probably expect 2-3 times this amount of revenue per user in the future. Also, we have no illusions that the number of users willing to pay will be equal to the number of users willing to use a "free" service. To create a financially healthy alternative, we need to charge somewhat more than what the advertising market is willing to pay for a user's clickstream.
Additionally, there are several comps of users being willing to pay roughly this amount for services that are deeply valuable, trustworthy and dependable. For instance, Dropbox charges $10 and up per month, Evernote charges $5 and up per month, Github charges $7 and up per month.
The developer price is inspired by the amount charged by the Apple Developer Program, $99. We think this demonstrates that developers are willing to pay for access to a high quality development platform.
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