Dalton Caldwell has raised around $500,000 for App.net through crowdfunding process. But most critics have mentioned that App.net is nothing but a paid version of twitter. The only difference being apart from advertisers, the users are also going to pay for the service. Also many critics have commented that the public don’t need a second twitter thing and also the paid service of App.net will lead to failure. But Caldwell has ideas apart from making the paid twitter clone. The motive of App.net lies in creating a global media entity that would tie multiple apps and services under a single roof which would deliver information in real-time. Caldwell believes it be something that twitter should have been a long time ago.
The real goal of App.net is not just to stay only as a twitter clone. Caldwell’s idea has been appreciated by lot which is proved by the fund he received from the various sources. But the success still remains a question. It will depend on whether the users as well as developers will feed App.net the fee to make it a better and effective resource because many had tried to make such system and almost all of them failed till now.
Caldwell wants App.net to be nurtured to become a platform rather than staying as a mere application. Orian Marxx who happens to be developer of startup Siftee based on New York had been able to point out the difference between the ideas and ambitions of Caldwell from the alpha stage of App.net. The current version of App.net is just like twitter with handful of features and users and as a result many are ignoring it believing it have a very short life span. But Marxx has quoted that “App.net will combine the simplicity of cloud infrastructure with the power of web frameworks to deliver the best platform for developing social web applications.” But it is to be noted that it is the prototype version and still changes are to be made and which may open the road of success for App.net.
Whether App.net will rise to success or perish into nothing just like the other attempts that have been made to create an open social ecosystem is still a question. Or will it be crushed into the hands of networking giants like Facebook? Because of its paid service it might be difficult for achieving success. But if it receives adequate positive response, may be it could ride the wave of success by providing an alternative to the social networking web.