Croatian companies Planet 1107 and Twinkle Tap have joined forces to develop and release the first dedicated iPhone app for the increasingly popular paid social network App.net. Named Rhino, the fast and quite pretty app has been in the iTunes App Store since morning, earning a 4+ score and many downloads from App.net’s faithful users that have paid $50 per person.
Development lead and Planet 1107 founder Goran Vuksic praises App.net for its support for developers and says that Rhino is just the first App.net-focused product they want to develop.
App.net has earned both praise and criticism from sceptics for trying to create the first ever social platform that would rely on user and developer subscriptions instead of advertising, that the founder Dalton Caldwell believes makes companies work on features for advertisers instead of the actual customers – the users. Caldwell decided to launch App.net after having a bad experience with a Facebook acqui-hire that made him write an open letter to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The platform has managed to raise over $600,000 at the time of launch and over 15,000 users that should be interested in Rhino.
Rhino for App.net was released just today, but Planet 1107‘s founder Goran Vuksic exclusively told Netocratic that they decided to start building it at the moment they saw the platform reaching its goal of both users and capital to develop it to its full potential. Vuksic decided to get Marko Prljic, the founder of agency Twinkle Tap and the best designer he knew, on board with his team to build a dedicated iPhone app.
Paid platform – free app?
Vuksic praises App.net’s support for developers and says that he would recommend developing for the platform to others – especially those that don’t like what Twitter has for example done in terms of support for its ecosystem. Planet 1107 and Twinkle Tap’s teams worked day and night in order to get Rhino out as soon as possible.
While App.net might cost $50 to join, Rhino is free on the iTunes App Store and will stay that way as long as the team doesn’t think it has enough features and isn’t a polished enough product – Vuksic confirmed to Netocratic. He also said that they have many more ideas for the App.net ecosystem but will focus on polishing Rhino up first!