About a month ago, App.net launched a Kickstarter-esque funding project in order to launch its social network. Its goal is to launch a service that corrected a lot of the mistakes of both paid and ad-supported services.
Earlier today, Ben Brooks posted a reminder that backing for this project is nearing its end and that the service isn't quite there in terms of successful funding. I would also like to share that reminder as well.
To be honest, I am skeptical on
- the success of this project and
- if it can reach and overcome the culture of top social networks out there.
But as Ben pointed out, if everything goes as planned, this is what you can potentially receive with successful funding:
1. Twitter without ads, ever.
2. Twitter that won’t ever block a third party client.
3. Twitter without spammers, because they would have to pay $50 only to get banned.
4. Twitter without your parents.
While I'm not a power-user when it comes to Twitter, I do find importance and relevance of the service. Ben's list of features is definitely something that I would not only enjoy, but pay for. However despite my aforementioned skepticism on the success of this project, I knew that I was just sitting still and just hoping and depending on the good faith of others to make this project a reality.
So I backed them.
Even if it doesn't launch or it doesn't replace Twitter as my go-to microblogging social network, at least I can say that I contributed to the effort.
If Twitter means something to you, and you value the 3rd-party developer scene and the integrity of the platform developers, think about backing this project.