I do not see much value being created from the current offering. Sure, it makes a pretty page and gives you analytics for people being sent to that particular page. This really doesn't solve a problem though. I would say that about half the people discover apps through the app store itself. Developers needs analytics in the app store, not on some redirect page. As it stands, this is just another layer.
I really did like the feature that a user can send an SMS to their phone number for an install link. And that button can be replicated anywhere. This is pretty useful. Everything else, I don't see why appstores can't integrate those features into their appstores.
What value is this creating for me as a developer? A custom app landing page? I could have done that myself. Analytics? I can throw Google Analytics onto a custom landing page. Can I track how many people hit my app.net/domain page and then proceeded to install? Nope, but Google/Apple can certainly create that value (and maybe even charge for it).
<uninformed>The "send to phone" button on app store webpages is a simple feature Google and Apple can copy straight from Amazon's Kindle playbook. If I couldn't send book samples to my Kindle while browsing Amazon on my computer, I'd miss out on checking out and buying a lot of books.</uninformed>
I think what some people forget is that there are only about 500K iphone apps in the app store (about the same for Android? not sure on that), and the store is barely three years old. Over the next few years I bet that number is going to explode, providing a huge opportunity for a service like app.net.
I spent quite a bit of time before we launched talking to app developers across the spectrum of size of company, and types of app.
It has been registered by someone, however.
I've been following this project:
It would be sad to learn they've been pipped.
"* PRIVATE REGISTRATION *"
How ironic that a TLD gets squatted (as it looks like.)
Domaining to the top.
And what do you do for a living?
Eyes glistening: "I'm a top level domainer."
It has nothing to do with ICANN's new TLD system, since registration hasn't opened.
EDIT: They are legitimate testimonials.
Just because if I google for Evernote iphone app, it takes me to the "legitimate" website of Evernote, not http://app.net/evernote
Being the first on Google doesn't mean that you are the official/legitimate website of that product.
Might want to retool or at least offer the option for appname.app.net
There was just an SEO blogger with poor reading comprehension and an axe to grind.
I built a small supporting site and tossed it up on Google Apps (really just plain HTML) for free hosting... yes, I needed to set the template and Google Analytics code myself but is that really worth the $2.50 - $4.00 a month?
Might I humbly suggest a small change... bump the free level to 5 apps so that I get hooked on the ease of use and simplicity of your model then group together upgrades in wide bands... maybe 5-10 for the second tier and 10-50 for the third tier.
Oh, and get Windows Phone support in there... there likely isn't much demand but it is my preferred platform and I'd like it to succeed. :)
http://i.imgur.com/DgnnK.png (I had to highlight the text to see it)
Could you try reducing the font size of the Title text size (under the "Styles" tab in the theme editor)?
When trying to upload a second screenshot I'm getting this (google chrome): http://i.imgur.com/Agk8l.png (after a refresh it seems to be working properly.. odd bug)
We're doing it live here.
We support iPhone and Android currently.
Feel free to email me at dalton -at- app dot net, would be happy to answer any additional questions you have :)
re:custom domains, not at this point, but that is definitely one of the most common feature requests we have gotten so far.
One thing though: how can a user download the app itself? Must he/she be on an iPhone or are you just advertising the apps themselves and expecting the user to visit the App Store to get them?
In terms of how a user that hits one of the pages and actually get the app on their phone, we have a couple of novel approaches (in addition to the standard iTunes link): click "get the app" and you will see a place to SMS a link to the phone, email a link, etc.
hn people might remember me from this:
Feel free to ask me any questions you have. You can email me at dalton -at- app dot net
Feature request: room for iPad screenshots!
We actually wrote a lot of code to do exactly that, but it wasn't good enough to make it into the launch. Would rather have less features that are rock solid than a flaky importer.