Meet, The Paid Twitter Alternative That Has Already Raised $400,000 From Users

Dalton Caldwell App.netDalton Caldwell, CEO and founder of


Nowadays, we’re used to getting online services for free. Free email from Google. Free cloud storage from Dropbox. Free streaming music from Spotify.

The problem with that? You have to deal with ads.

That’s why Dalton Caldwell – you may remember him from this epic open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from a few days ago – started, an alternative social network that you pay to use. 

Caldwell and his team are raising money in a Kickstarter-like project to bring to life. The goal is to raise $500,000 in 30 days. As of this writing, has received just under $400,000. Fundraising ends August 13. functions a lot like Twitter, letting you follow users and view a feed of their updates. The company compares its service to how Twitter functioned “before it turned into a media company.” The platform is also open to developers to create apps that’ll help make the more useful.

It’s a noble-sounding effort, and has gotten a lot of praise from tech pundits and other bigwigs in the industry such as Robert Scoble, Leo Laporte, and John Gruber.

If you want to give a try, you can donate now. A $50 donation gives you access to the service for one year, $100 adds the bonus of developer tools to start creating apps for, and a $1,000 donation will score you a personal meeting with Dalton.

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