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App.net adds free, invite-only limited account tier

App.net adds free, invite-only limited account tier

app.net (ADN) has just announced a new, free account tier. It's by invite only, so if you want in you'll have to hit up an existing, paid friend with an account. It's also limited, in that you can't engage with as many people or host as much data as a paid account. What it is is a way to sample one of the most interesting cloud services to date. Dalton Caldwell dropped the F-as-in-free-bomb on the ADN blog:

As of today, App.net is a freemium service

Although App.net has had only paid account tiers thus far, we initially conceived of App.net as a freemium service. It took some time to get to this point, but we are now ready to make this vision a reality.

Here's what you get (and don't) with the free account:

  • Free accounts can follow a maximum of 40 users (unlimited for paid accounts)
  • Free accounts will have 500 MB of free file (10 GB for paid accounts)
  • Free accounts can upload a file with a maximum size of 10 MB (100 MB for paid accounts)

This is what I like best about ADN. Their fearlessness in trying new, even sometimes outlandish-sounding things. From launching a paid micro-blogging service to adding a powerful messaging system to offering online storage, they're seeking not to mimic an existing business, but become something more -- a personal, one-stop cloud platform. That ambition really is audacious to say the least, but the future is willed into existence.

I don't know what or how much difference the new free accounts will make, or if they've nailed the right balance for them, but I like that they're trying.

And in an age of media and advertising owned social, I think it's not only important, but laudable that they are.

Source: ADN blog

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 36 comments. Add yours.

Dionte says:

I hope it's 3 a month and not 3 total. This was a good marketing ploy.

thedadams says:

Who wants to invite me? If you can invite, please contact @thedadams on Twitter.

Dionte says:

I put one in twitter it was used in like 2 minutes.

skipbarker says:

Would love an invite if anybody has one. @skipb on twitter.

zied.dab says:

Me too I need invitation

hudss says:

If anyone is is the giving mood..I would appreciate it.. @tonguejedi

Canissa says:

Invite me please, twitter @canissa

melwan says:

I can use an invite please @melwan

Thanks.

Ellerbestyle says:

Love an invite also @ellerbestyle

DamnSkippy says:

I would really appreciate an invite is anyone has one left. @ImDoubleAron

kilcher says:

I'll try it if someone wants to send an invite - @_jorts on Twitter or a PM on iMore. Thanks!

Batavian says:

I'd love to get an invite if any could spare. I'm @Batavian. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

phreddyl says:

i would like to try too! @phreddyl thanks in advance

Eveinc says:

I need an invite plz... @eveinc

Rene Ritchie says:

Here are some invites!

  • join.app.net/p/rgzxrgswky
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johnowoss says:

All the invites gone? Anyone have one to spare?

darkj2k says:

All gone. Someone pls have me one. Thanks in advance. @darkj2k

oanda8311 says:

I would appreciate one as well. @oanda8311 thanks so much.

markbook says:

I would love an app.net invite. @markbook_ on twitter.

akaralar says:

I would love an invite as well. twitter @akaralar, thanks in advance!

liamk101 says:

I would also love an invite. Thank you very much!
Twitter @penaolino

rk249 says:

Any invites left?
Twitter - @rishabhkariyana

trickyrus says:

Invite me please!
@tricky66 (twitter)

viktormadarasz1 says:

Someone can invite me? @viktormadarasz on twitter or viktor.madarasz@yahoo.com Thx

qinroot says:

Does someone still have invites? Can I please have one?

thanks :-)
twitter: @its_julius_

eb81784 says:

if anyone has anymore invites, please send me one? twitter: @eb81784 or email: eb81784@gmail.com

sunny5055 says:

Any one has some invites left n willing donate 1 please tweet @sunny5055 or mail me sunny5055@gmail.com

Rene Ritchie says:

More codes!

  • join.app.net/p/dscrvqfbwp
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david_it says:

If someone can tweet one for me @david_it

Damien D says:

darn all gone
@damien584 if anyone has one

liamk101 says:

Hi,

If you still have an invite i would appreciate to get it. My email is penao.lino (at) gmail.com

Thanks in advance,
Paulo

Ellerbestyle says:

Still would love an invite.

@ellerbestyle or ellerbestyle (at) gmail.com