This is just a quick post since I don’t have time to go into details right now but man, I was so dissapointed by the discovery I made this morning.
Last night I was reading the new about the App.net concept and I was feeling the good vibe and appreciation coming from the community of web developers, but honestly I was on the fence about it. This morning I was reading the comments on theverge and some people were questioning the decision of not using kickstarter and the fact that App.net founders could just lie about the fact that the target was indeed reached or not.
If you run a kickstarter campaign, there are some rules to be followed, but when you’re running your own, you can announce at any time that the funding was successful and who’s going to validate that?
I opened their funding page to see how many people have subscribed and the number is sitting currently at 9600 people and there are 25 hours left. But opening the global stream alpha.app.net and browsing the user profile pages, if you hover the user name in the header of the page, the link title shows the user_id and this way we can approximate if the real number of users is true or fake by looking at the user_id of the most recent users.
To my surprise, I could not find any users with the id bigger than 3100, as an example I took a screenshot of tonyarnold‘s profile who joined just an hour ago and has the user_id 3104. This looks very ugly to me and stating that you want to do the right thing and starting like this… I’ll attach a screenshot in a case they find about this and decide to hide or change the user_id values.