App.net – developments

We said we’d keep our ears to the ground for all things App.net so here is the latest news from Dalton Caldwell’s ad-free ‘social experiment’.

At launch, we weren’t sure as to whether the gamble would pay off with a $50 a year fee to join. 20,000 paid users later, it looks as if App.net could be here to stay.

In his latest blog post, Caldwell announced the membership fee is to be reduce to $36 a year or $5 a month. In another interesting move, a new scheme targeted at developers has also be announced. The startup will start rewarding developers with a cash incentive based on user feedback.

As part of the App.net Developer Incentive Program, the startup will send an email to users, asking them for information on whichever apps they used during the month. Using some basic algorithms, it will then use that feedback to determine which apps have been most useful, providing a score to app developers who are participating in the program. Beginning October 1, App.net has promised to distribute a minimum of $20,000 per month to app developers based on their scores in relation to the total score among those participating.

Caldwell’s focus in clear – it’s all about getting developers on the platform. With Twitter’s shut down of their API, App.net is looking to fill the void.

We’ll keep you posted on further news, as well as a review of what it looks and feels like.

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