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For those not in the know, what was app.net?

Twitter for $50/year

So a social network? weird name for a social network.

It wasn't meant to be just a stand alone social network/twitter clone. The idea was to allow developers to build apps on it (even their own twitter clone, why not?) and skip having to build a social graph themselves.

The original idea was to focus a lot on the API part of the site, so that developers can build all kinds of apps around the service, hence the name.

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