App.Net’s First Move? Have Users Provide Feedback For Privacy Policy

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Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:49 p.m. ET

App.net has promised to be the first subscription-based social network that focuses on the wants and needs of the user. Developed by Dalton Caldwell’s Mixed Media Labs, the $50 per year service has raised more than $800,000 via Kickstarter. Now the network’s executives are asking future users to give feedback on pertinent documents including the social networks privacy policy.

Among initially revealed documents are the company’s Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Copyright Policy, and Subscription Terms.

The company has promised to operate with an “open approach” that is based on company and user “collaboration.”

In revealing the documents, App.net told potential users:

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“The App.net terms of service documents live here. To facilitate transparent discussion, we encourage users to create issues and/or submit pull requests with your feedback. Our general process is to incorporate user feedback on a roughly quarterly basis based on review with our legal team, but in the early stages this may occur significantly more often.”

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The service, which is currently in alpha-mode testing, has promised to focus on innovation for customers since it does not need to answer to advertisers like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others must.

At this point, the rules and regulations for the App.net platform are pretty basic and focus mostly on issues of spam, unlawful use of the website, and other similar concerns.

App.Net has become an appealing option for many social network users because of its ability to avoid massive amounts of spam through a paid model that does not rely on an advertising platform.

With 12,300 backers raising $803,000, it looks like App.Net is living up to its early promises and that could spell trouble for Facebook and other competitors.

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