“You can build a person, build a group, build a spaceship, or build a Cylon,” Mehr says with a smile.
Earlier this month, founder Dalton Caldwell told me that people won’t adopt a new social network just because it’s good for them — it needed to be “truly better.” That’s probably true — but free is also good.
Editor’s Pick Half a year ago, serial entrepreneur had a crazy idea: build a social network that people actually paid for. Now with App.net three times bigger than his goal, he looks back — and ahead — at what the service is, and will become.
As far as user milestones go, 20,000 is usually nothing to boast about. But for the App.net, the little achievement means the company can reduce its prices.
Two months into an experiment that caters to the ideals of developers and consumers alike, the social platform App.net has revealed the particulars of how it plans to incentivize the creation of top-notch applications.
Social sans commerce: here we come.
The new social utility that serial entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell started in response to being, in his words, screwed by Facebook, is live. App.net, which Caldwell ran a Kickstarter-ish campaign to fund, blew through its $500,000 goal and currently sits at $595,150.
Social media idealists are now taking up residence at App.net, the would-be status update safe house for consumers for and developers.
A controversial open letter directed at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left another Marc (Andreessen) in quite the pickle yesterday.
Google+ would have a full read and write API today if the world’s largest search engine company knew how to release it in a way that wouldn’t screw developers. At least, that’s what Google’s senior vice president for Google+ implied in a personal status update.