In a nut, App.net is a startup aiming to build a rival platform to Twitter, “where users and developers come first, not advertisers.” How? By generating revenue from users instead of from advertisers. They’re not using Kickstarter but they’ve built their own Kickstarter-like system.
Alas, they’re five days away from the deadline and only 45 percent of the way to their goal. If you’re dismayed by Twitter’s shabby and getting-shabbier-by-the-month treatment of third-party developers and the ever-increasing mass-market promotional detritus littering Twitter’s first-party interfaces, I really encourage you get on board as an App.net backer. I did, and I’m already liking what I’m seeing in the alpha release.?