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App.net Mefites? February 25, 2013 8:31 PM   Subscribe

Today, app.net announced a free, invite-only tier. I know there's a bunch of MeFites on G+ (as we had a thread when invites for that went around) but what about this ad-free, you're-not-the-product social network? Any MeFites use that service? Any of you have any of the newly minted invites? Can y'all make it possible for Metafilter to represent?
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter-Related at 8:31 PM (42 comments total)

Free tier accounts can follow a maximum of 40 users
That is a very clever limitation, and the rare sort that I actually appreciate.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:20 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I need more IRL networks, not another website to sign in to.
posted by dunkadunc at 11:24 PM on February 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


I'm highly confused by the idiosyncratic use of the term apps on their home page. "We have over 100 apps" makes app.net sound like a mom and pop version of the Apple App Store. Do they mean they have 100 app.net clients (analogous to TweetDeck)?
posted by dontjumplarry at 2:06 AM on February 26, 2013


I've got three invites available. Mefi me until I tell you to stop!
posted by adrianhon at 2:57 AM on February 26, 2013


dontjumplarry: It's 100 bits of software - including Mac, Windows, iOS, Android clients, but also online widgets and friend finders and such - that tie into the API.
posted by adrianhon at 3:06 AM on February 26, 2013


I have one invite left available, if anyone wants it. And I am here, if people want to follow. *waves*
posted by Phire at 5:19 AM on February 26, 2013


I have four invites. Memail me if you are interested :D
posted by Faintdreams at 5:40 AM on February 26, 2013


Never mind, mine has been spoken for. Harass the others.
posted by Phire at 5:42 AM on February 26, 2013


OK guys, I'm out - no more Mefimails!
posted by adrianhon at 5:53 AM on February 26, 2013


I've got five invites. Memail me if interested.
posted by bitterpants at 5:57 AM on February 26, 2013


I have a paid account there and signed up back when it was $50. I was surprised to look and see I was following 130 people.

I too have invites I'm willing to give away. First 3 to memail get 'em.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:23 AM on February 26, 2013


I'm afraid this is going to eff things up for app.net. One of the things I like is that it's like metafilter in that you don't have much dross to filter through. The $50 keeps out the riffraff for the most part. This also means you'll have a slew of idiots creating notMatHowie parody accounts and then following no one.

So don't follow you say? app.net is still small enough I actually often read the global feed. I used to do that on twitter too, but I don't even think there's a link to that anymore.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:28 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


This also means you'll have a slew of idiots creating notMatHowie parody accounts and then following no one.

To get a free account you have to be invited by someone with a paid account, right? So I don't think this will be out of control.
posted by mikepop at 6:48 AM on February 26, 2013


I'm on but am currently out of invitations. I'll update if they give me more.

So don't follow you say? app.net is still small enough I actually often read the global feed.

I do from time to time too, but the death of a useful global feed is inevitable if they want the service to grow. Dalton's plans go well beyond building a less-shitty and more developer-friendly Twitter.

Third party developers aren't going to make anything if the registered userbase is measured in the tens of thousands, which is why Netbot has temporarily gone free -- they want to spur adoption because they see the writing on the wall with Twitter and want to promote a place that won't make the same choices.

Besides which, I personally find cruising the main feed looking for new people to follow to be of less value than I previously did with Twitter. One of the things that using ADN showed me is the value of a quieter stream. I muted and unfollowed probably about a hundred accounts on Twitter after I discovered that.

My main concern is how much spam will be a problem. I'm hoping the limits on free accounts will be enough to do the job.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:48 AM on February 26, 2013


I've got some invites, memail me if you want one.
posted by pete_22 at 6:54 AM on February 26, 2013


This also means you'll have a slew of idiots creating notMatHowie parody accounts and then following no one.

Sold!
posted by running order squabble fest at 7:20 AM on February 26, 2013


I also wonder how this will affect account names. I took cjorgensen and jackassletters on there. I am a squatter on the cjorgensen account. I may or may not ever use it. Some people won't give their invites away. They will just fire up another 5 accounts.

I have 10-15 twitter accounts. I update only 5 of them. I just culled the total number of accounts, so it was even higher at one point. I could have effectively held them forever. I know others who do this as well. There are account names out there I would love to have. One of the features of app.net to me is that you could potentially get an account after it's no longer being paid for. I do this with domains all the time. I waited 3 years to get socialmediamonkey.com

Even account name access aside, I look at the "who to follow" suggestions twitter gives sometimes and the account hasn't updated in over a year. Sure, could be lurking, but most likely a dead account (or person). So why not expire them? In twitter's case it's because there's no upside. It would screw with the archive and they wouldn't be able to brag about how they have 30 million users or whatever.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:40 AM on February 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have one invite left. To be clear, you don't need to follow me. It's weird it's doing that automatically.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:56 AM on February 26, 2013


can I get an invite? I dunno who's got one left or wevs, so I'm not sure who to memail.
posted by boo_radley at 8:07 AM on February 26, 2013


I have an invite now, thanks!
posted by boo_radley at 8:43 AM on February 26, 2013


If anyone still has a spare invite, I'd be interested.
posted by brundlefly at 8:49 AM on February 26, 2013


Mine are all gone, FYI.

To be candid, this is the first time I've logged on to ADN in months. The API wars pretty much killed it for me. I can barely keep up with my Twitter feed as it is -- once there was no simple way to send my Tweets automatically to ADN...

I need more IRL networks, not another website to sign in to.

Yeah, exactly. I'll try to give it another shot though, hopefully this influx of new members livens things up.
posted by pete_22 at 8:51 AM on February 26, 2013


I spent money on this and haven't used it yet. I have 5 invites if anybody wants one (memail pls). Maybe I'll even start following some folks.
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:43 AM on February 26, 2013


I'm all set!
posted by brundlefly at 9:46 AM on February 26, 2013


Turns out I've got five fresh ones waiting. If you want an invitation, MeMail me and I'll shoot you a link back.
posted by middleclasstool at 10:15 AM on February 26, 2013


I too have invites (5). MeMail if interested.
posted by jivadravya at 10:35 AM on February 26, 2013


I'm out.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:45 AM on February 26, 2013


I am now out of invites. If I get more, I'll update accordingly.
posted by jivadravya at 10:56 AM on February 26, 2013


I have three to give out.
posted by -t at 3:48 PM on February 26, 2013


May I have one, please?
posted by pompomtom at 3:52 PM on February 26, 2013


Send me a Memail with an email address.
posted by -t at 4:00 PM on February 26, 2013


I've got five invites. What have you done for me lately?
posted by Zed at 5:09 PM on February 26, 2013


Send me a Memail with an email address.

You don't need the email address. You can just pull an invite link and memail that. Less creepy than asking people for their email and less creepy than giving their email to adn. (This is from a guy who has his email address in his profile and is a google whore.)
posted by cjorgensen at 5:42 PM on February 26, 2013


I'd like an invite, please!
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:54 PM on February 26, 2013


Note: I just found out that sending a test message naturally ends up on the global feed, which it seems like a lot of people read.

I bought Felix as the client, but Twiggy and Riposte are both apparently good and free today.
posted by winna at 7:06 PM on February 26, 2013


Riposte is indeed good, lacks DM support so far. Netbot is more or less fully featured, but is a port of Tweetbot and feels like a port. Which is praising with faint damnation, in this case -- the Tapbots people make solid, good software. I have not used Felix but have heard nothing but praise. Netbot for iPad is the best for that form factor that I've used.

For web, I've been using NoodleApp mostly because I know that Dalton really prefers that users check out third party apps rather than alpha/omega, but so far alpha is my favorite web interface, especially since the update.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:33 PM on February 26, 2013


Can y'all make it possible for Metafilter to represent?

I read that in the voice of Guy Fieri imitating Paula Deen.

I need a shower.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:38 AM on February 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


still have 2 invites left...
posted by Zed at 12:39 PM on February 27, 2013


I'm curious, but I don't want to use up someone's invites if this isn't going to be my kind of thing. I've never been huge into Facebook.

Are people liking it? Any write ups?
posted by snuffleupagus at 1:50 PM on February 27, 2013


I am joethedough over there
posted by Jofus at 4:16 PM on February 27, 2013


Out of invites now.
posted by Zed at 10:35 PM on February 28, 2013


I'm late. Anyone got an invite?
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