I was recently inundated with emails and tweets from the App.net community, who were none too pleased with the fact that a previous article I wrote focused almost exclusively on the microblogging features of the main App.net website.
App.net, they tell me, is much more than that. It’s a platform which has empowered developers to create innovative consumer-facing products. I was skeptical at first, but I checked it out. Turns out it’s true. App.net is the engine humming inside of a lot of interesting websites and apps. Here’s some of the best.
Wait, What’s App.net?
We’ve covered App.net in the past. If you’ve missed it, let’s recap.
App.net a pretty new microblogging site in the same vein as Twitter, although it has a distinctive edge. Firstly, it comes without adverts and promises to protect the privacy of its users by vowing to never flog their data to the highest bidder. It’s a revolutionary concept, especially in an age where the adage ‘If you don’t pay for a product, you are the product’ has never been truer.
This independence and integrity comes from their pricing model, which requires users to pay a monthly fee to unlock the full potential of the site. This hasn’t seemed to be much of a deterrent, and App.net has a thriving user community.
But what is it other than a microblogging site?
Crowdfunding is big business. We know that, based upon the plethora of crowdfunding websites which have sprung up in recent years. Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Gofundme. You know what I mean. Well, here’s another one to add to the list.
Backer is one such crowdfunding site. Owned by the guys behind App.net, it’s Kickstarter with a difference. It allows developers to fund the addition of features to existing products. In their own words:
“A Backer crowdfunding page corresponds to a single feature or service, created by the people who are responsible for building it. It’s up to that team to decide what feature to hypothetically build and what financial commitment they’d like to see in order to build it.“
Developers aren’t obligated to integrate App.net into their products, although you need an App.net account to post a project or product. Backers can also pay using standard credit cards, as well as Bitcoin.
Did you have an awesome day, and want to capture it in the visceral form of words on a screen? Was today terrible, and you want to silently vent to yourself?
Sounds like you need to start a journal. We’ve written about the benefits of maintaining a private journal in the past, and while I don’t do it myself, I know a lot of people who do and benefit greatly from it.
Ohai is one of many journalling apps which you can download right this second. Available on iOS, it allows you to store your private and personal memories in the safe space of your App.net account. It also comes with social media functionality. If you want to share your private memories with Twitter or App.net, you can if you so wish.
Ohai is available on the Apple App Store, and for $2.99 [No longer available].
Sunlit is yet another iOS app powered by the App.net platform.
Its tagline is “Sunlit isn’t for all of your photos. Just the best ones. It’s for the photos that tell a story.” From that, you get the general gist of the application. It allows you to collate and aggregate photos into events and timelines, whilst using the App.net framework to store the photos themselves.
Whereas Flickr is a general-purpose photo bucket, Sunlit is evidently more about creating a narrative using the photos you take with your phone camera.
Sunlit requires iOS 7, and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store [No longer available].
App.net is a pretty interesting concept as a microblogging site, but apparently, it’s much more than that. While it hasn’t attracted the same degree of popular usage which Facebook and Twitter enjoy, it has still managed to attract developers en-masse.
Are there any killer App.net fueled apps I missed? Drop me a comment below.