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Let me speak in App.net's defense and say that I'm really enjoying the service. I know that's not really a popular opinion around here, but there it is.

Yes it has a stupid name, yes it has fewer users than twitter/facebook, and yes it's hard to articulate to your non-tech friends why they should spend $36/year on this. But it's becoming a pretty positive place to hang out, and most of the people I care about listening to are there.

In practical terms, this file API means that if you want to post a picture you don't have to use yet another here-today-gone-tomorrow photo sharing service with no revenue model, which I would hope means there's a better chance of your photos sticking around permanently (or at least as permanently as anything ever gets on the web).




> yes it's hard to articulate to your non-tech friends why they should spend $36/year on this.

Actually, I am a tech person, and I like to support App.net. I have not yet seen a reason to use the service.

> ...it's becoming a pretty positive place to hang out, and most of the people I care about listening to are there.

Ok. This is genuinely the first benefit I have heard about using it. Great. Please elaborate more. (I say this as someone looking for reasons to support App.net.)


There's people on App.net that he finds interesting to read, there's nothing to elaborate.

I participate a lot less on App.net, but I also find the community quite enjoyable, it looks like twitter circa 2007, mostly with opinionated tech people around.


App.net has a much higher signal-to-noise ratio in my experience, even among the same set of followers. Something about the culture of app.net seems to cause people to put more thought into what they're saying.




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