The system App.net arrived at is a monthly poll e-mailed to App.net members requesting feedback on the apps they used during the previous month. Using basic algorithms and sliders, members indicate their level of satisfaction with apps. Once submitted, the ratings will be used to generate a score for each app, which will be used to determine the level of monthly financial allocation developers receive.
The program is optional, and developers should feel no pressure to participate, Caldwell said. Developers are still welcome to monetize their apps through sales or advertising, he said.
Dalton Caldwell is working really hard to make App.net a great platform for developers to build apps on. I personally can’t wait for Tapbots to bring something like Tweetbot to the network – which I imagine isn’t far off.