I had no intention of signing up for App Dot Net (ADN), I really didn’t. I knew it was going to fail. It seemed shady with that whole last minute surge of reported cash and I guess I didn’t trust the network or the people behind it. Handing over $50 to a mostly unknown entity, at least to me, seemed a little crazy. It wasn’t like it was $50 for a tangible product. It felt like a Kickstarter project where there was no Kickstarter backing it up. These guys were just going to get my money, and who knows what was going to happen with it. I almost signed up back in August during the initial rush when I saw a lot of the Apple pundintry and developers I respected signing up for it. I suppose if money wasn’t an issue, I would’ve signed up right away too. I loved the promise of ADN.
Then comes last week. A price drop from $50 to $36 (kudos to ADN for giving early adopters an extension on their membership) and what really sealed the deal for me signing up, Netbot. If Tapbots was getting behind ADN, I knew it was a worthwhile endeavour. Now, Netbot isn’t a wholly new piece of software. It’s pretty much Tweetbot wrapped in black and missing a lot of features from Twitter that ADN doesn’t yet support.
- push notifications
- direct messages
While We Have You…
So what’s happening over on ADN? Well, pretty much the same shit as Twitter, albeit with fewer people. During off-peak hours, ADN gets about only ten new posts a minute. The flow is so sparse that you can actually read the Global stream and keep up with ease. There are a handful of users that keep popping up. There are a few good looking women that I think are getting lots of followers because of their attractive avatars and a few tech pundits with lots of followers. Much like Google+ when it first started, a great deal of the conversations on ADN are about ADN.
Is it a place you wanna be?
If you’re looking for the possibly next best thing? Sure, ADN is worth trying. They have a $5 a month plan if you wanna give it a one month whirl before diving in for a full year’s $36. You’re probably gonna wanna plunk down $4.99 for Netbot if you have an iPhone or iPad. Also, if you want to have push notifications, the best you can do is buy Pushover for $3.99 and set up ADN -> Pushover notification through IFTTT. Signing up for ADN has so far cost me $45 bucks.