App.net moves toward the norm with announcing free, limited accounts. Experimenting with pay-to-play social media isn’t dead, but has now moved to a freemium model.
I have no experience with App.net, as the $50 (then $36 then $5 monthly) barrier to entry was too steep to add another social media feed to follow. I’ve already been burned adopting Google Wave and Google+ early. Wave and Google+ suffered not having enough interaction to make them worthwhile. I could only imagine how bad the adoption numbers would be when customers had to pay.
I can see the freemium model growing App.net exponentially, especially if the product is as phenomenal as they’d have you believe. More users means more value, means more users, creating a winning cycle for the small social network.
So, does anyone have an invite?