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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 13, 2012

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It’s incredibly common to hear people complain about Facebook and Twitter. Just last week my Facebook feed was filled with whining from users being forced into the timeline format. But even the most common complaints are often ignored by Facebook, Twitter and other free social networks, and why shouldn’t they be? We don’t pay for these services, so regular users aren’t treated the way most companies treat their paying customers. However, a new social network called app.net, will charge a membership fee in an effort to treat its users differently. According to its website, the network will be “a real-time social service where users and developers come first, not advertisers.” While it’s too early to tell exactly what that will mean, users hoping for a positive change have flocked to the site, helping it to raise 500,000 bucks in a kickstarter-like campaign. If you want to see what it’s all about, 50 dollars will buy you a year-long membership.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.

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