My thoughts on... app.net 0 Comments - 19.05.2013
This post is not about game development, 3D stuff or anything like that. It's about the app.net platform. For all of you guys who don't know what app.net is here is a brief explanation. In general app.net is a twitter like social network. You can post stuff with up to 256 characters (I like that nerdy number), follow other people or get followed. Very similar to Twitter. At the same time it offers you space for photos. So you don't need an external photo service like img.ly.
The interesting thing is, that it was built with developers in mind. So no twitter-like restrictions on the API. The downside: As a developer you have to pay $100 per year. As a non-free user it's $40 annually and as a free user you can only follow up to 40 other profiles. So yeah, it's a freemium service, but it doesn't bother you with advertisement. That's a thumb up.
But what about the Google+ effect as I like to call it. Everybody registers, no one posts. Yes! This effect is clearly visible. I searched for developers (game developers in particular) and found a number of interesting profiles, but all without any posts or just a single "Hello World" post from 3 months ago. Even game dev heroes like @notch just reserved their profiles, but never posted anything. That's really unfortunate and brings me back to my personal conclusion, that a new social network is not needed in the next 10 years. But maybe then it will be possible to create something for the young generation that don't wants to be on the same old, boring network their parents used to use.
app.net is currently in alpha and you can add me here, if you own an account (shameless self promotion).