$36 annual fee — provided you can score an invite from a paying member. And, there’s something in it for paid accounts who refer folks. Both the inviter and invitee get an extra 100 MB of storage (up to 2GB) if the invitee subsequently follows 5 people and authorizes a third-party app.
Should you be lucky enough to score an invite, you won’t have the same level of access as your paid brethren, however. Free accounts can only follow up to 40 users — paid accounts have no such restriction — and get a 500MB cloud locker. Also, while paid accounts can upload 100MB files, gratis accounts are limited to 10MB uploads.
We got to speak with Dalton Caldwell, CEO of App.net about the shift to a freemium model and he told us that the move has been in the works for some time. The reason it took awhile to do so is that App.net wanted to ensure that it had a market for its paid services and that it had enough of an app ecosystem to make App.net appealing to free users as well. Caldwell also informed us that in order to keep the number of free accounts manageable, paid members will get a limited number of invites to start — with more invites appearing as the company finds it prudent to do so.
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Source: App.net blog
App.net goes gratis, announces invitation-only free accounts
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Imagine this: You bring your new smartphone home, get it unpacked, and start installing your games and apps on it. But when you go to log into Twitter from your favorite third-party app, it just doesn’t work.
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Five of the largest Internet service providers have finally implemented the controversial “six strikes” anti-piracy program, known as the Copyright Alert System. Comcast (CMCSA) was the first to launch the system on Monday, while AT&T (T), Cablevision, Time Warner (TWC) and Verizon (VZ) are expected to follow suit later this week. The CAS is designed to “educate” users of the consequences of copyright infringement in the U.S., however the program has received criticism from individuals who claim it won’t stop illegal downloading. While the “six strikes” system doesn’t permit service providers to cut off Internet access to repeat offenders, it does give them the right to temporally reduce a customer’s connection speeds or even block popular websites after five or six
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