adds free, invite-only limited account tier (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, is a freemium service

Although has had only paid account tiers thus far, we initially conceived of 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