I guess I’m part of the problem. I liked the idea of App.net when it launched – a Twitter-like service where the users were customers, not the product being sold. The service raised over $600,000 before launch from potential users, with the idea being that the service wouldn’t contain advertising, but instead would be based on a subscription model. Just a few months into the project, App.net announced a freemium plan. Now I have my doubts about how long the service will survive.