App.net: Facebook without the baggage

App Dot Net

More and more people are deleting their Facebook and Twitter accounts because of all the advertisements that flood the page. What if I told you there was FINALLY a way to interact with your friends online completely ad-free? Facebook and Twitter both have tons of spam, annoying games, and basically garbage thrown onto your screen.

Since Facebook went public, this problem has only gotten worse. App.net (ADN) provides users with a purer social media experience, one free of spam, advertisements and invitations to play Candy Crush Saga. The Twitter-like website allows users to follow one another and share their thoughts, but without the hassle of digging through spam and unwanted posts.

ADN was launched in August 2012 and cost users $50 for a year-long subscription. Recently, ADN lowered the price to $36 a year or $5 a month. But now, the company is providing a way for those desperate social media users tired of all the garbage on their feeds a way to get on board for free.

After reaching 100,000 registered, paying users (a huge milestone in and of itself) the website announced that it would be providing a free tier of invite-only accounts for its paid members to share with friends. These free members can follow up to 40 users and receive 500MB of storage – not quite as good as the unlimited number of users and 10GB of storage available to paying users, but not a bad technique to try and draw in new users.

For those who don’t know anybody with an ADN account, ADN is offering 5,000 free invites to Mashable, who is sharing these accounts with their readers. ADN’s is a pretty unique social media marketing strategy in a world where many companies offer “free” services in exchange for the right to bombard them with ads.

Is it worth the money to avoid the filler ads and other trash we see on other social media platforms? That is for users to decide, but I’m glad to have the option.

For more information on ADN, check out this video from its founder and CEO:

Written by Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman is currently an Intern at Fishbat, an Internet Marketing Company, as well as a photographer, specializing in wedding photography. He is finishing up his education at Stony Brook University, where he majors in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and minors in Journalism. He is a huge New York Mets fan, and enjoys spending time with his family and fraternity brothers.
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