The failure to explore and change behind the opening of App.Net’s free account

[core tip] App.Net allows free accounts to be created by inviting them to join, in order to solve the problem of small numbers of users and maintain the normal functioning of the entire ecosystem.

‘s original intention and initial ideas about App.Net building have been understood in detail. Like all new Internet services, however, it is constantly adjusting its thinking, and last night App.Net founder Dalton Cardwell posted a blog post announcing that App.Net began offering free accounts.

Prior to

, App.Net is a paid service, users need to pay $50 a year (after the price to $36) can be used for the service, the station is no advertising and permanent commitment to fully open API interface.


now, compared to paid accounts, App.Net’s free account has the following limitations:

must have an invitation from the current paid user to join

free of charge

can only focus on 40 other users, with no restrictions for paid users,

in the initial case, there is only 500MB of file storage space (Fu Fei users have 10GB)

, and if the user who has joined can invite other users to join and satisfy the following conditions, the inviter and the inviter each receive the 100MB file storage space.


was invited, more than five other users were concerned with


inviter has authorized at least one third party client

App.Net spoke carefully in the official blog post announcing the decision, and stressed that such a "pay for value" model was planned from the start. However, such decisions and recent series of other actions still highlight the obstacles that App.Net has encountered as an idealistic product, the obstacles in its operations, and the friction with developers.

developers: there is gain, only the quality of the application

App.Net at the beginning of the establishment of a "chicken and egg, egg" question: we have third party applications at the time. Now the problem has been resolved: we now have over 100 third party applications across major platforms.

, this is the official version of App.Net. However, the reality is far from being so optimistic. Most of the existing third party applications in App.Net are amateur amateurs whose quality is not high, and a few of the few good quality ones have been modified from the existing Twitter applications. For example, the most famous N>

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