samson:

good one for app.net

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Is the world ready for a paid version of Twitter? Maybe so, backers have shown. Entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell’s Kickstarter-esque campaign to develop a paid alternative to the social network hit its $500,000 funding goal on Sunday, well ahead of Monday’s 11:59 PM deadline, raising questions as to what consumers really want when it comes to paid versus free internet services.

Twitter’s recent warning to developers that they’ll need to think twice before creating third-party Twitter experiences with the API has encouraged Caldwell and others to think about whether there’s room for an alternative service. Whether or not Caldwell’s efforts will succeed is still yet to be determined, but it shows both developer unhappiness with Twitter and just how far a Twitter alternative could go.

In a blog post, Caldwell thanked supporters for believing in his idea:

Thank you for believing. I know in my heart that what made join.app.net succeed was your…

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