It’s incredibly common to hear people complain about Facebook and Twitter. Just last week my Facebook feed was filled with whining from users being forced into the timeline format. But even the most common complaints are often ignored by Facebook, Twitter and other free social networks, and why shouldn’t they be? We don’t pay for these services, so regular users aren’t treated the way most companies treat their paying customers. However, a new social network called app.net, will charge a membership fee in an effort to treat its users differently. According to its website, the network will be “a real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers.” While it’s too early to tell exactly what that will mean, users hoping for a positive change have flocked to the site, helping it to raise 500,000 bucks in a kickstarter-like campaign. If you want to see what it’s all about, 50 dollars will buy you a year-long membership.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 13, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).