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Posted 2012.08.09 21.09 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So last night I heard about this new social networking startup. It’s going to be API-based, with strong focus and support for developers and the users. And there won’t be any ads.

This is one thing that has kept me away from these social things – everything was ‘free’, and when you don’t pay for a service, then you’re the actual product that’s being sold. Or put it another way, if you don’t pay for it, and they change it and screw it all up so it sucks, then your only recourse is basically to stop using it.

Ok admittedly I did start using twitter about a year ago, but I don’t use it very much, and I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong. But even in the short time that I’ve been using it, I’ve seen them do stuff that seems backwards to me. Anti-user. Anti-developer. Basically they’ve got to make their customers happy, and their customers are the advertisers.

Anyhow, back on track. Join.App.Net is the new thing and the way they’re doing it is upfront, they are charging for the service. You pay them to be a customer or a developer, and you are the customer.

The thing is, it’s not live yet. Well, they have an alpha that’s up and running and open to backers.

They know that to be viable as a business and as a service, they need to reach a critical mass of people and funds. So they’ve set up a Kickstarter-esque program with a target and a deadline.

The deadline is only 4 days away. They haven’t reached their goal yet.

If you like the idea of being able to connect with people, friends, and so on, and you like the idea of doing it without ads being shoved in  your face, and you like the idea of being a customer and not a product, then please go and check them out.

It’s only $50 to support them. If they don’t reach their target, then you don’t pay a cent. If they do reach their target, then you’ll be a part of something new, right at the beginning.

I’m in, and I think it’s exciting.