introduces File API

Social network has announced its File API, which will further differentiate it from Twitter and, potentially, provide extra value for users keen on unbundled services.

We reported on last year, which founder Dalton Caldwell repositioned as an alternative to Twitter. Arguably the most important aspects of were its subscription model that freed it from a reliance on advertising with the promise of owning your own data.

“We believe that advertising-supported social services are so consistently and inextricably at odds with the interests of users and developers that something must be done,” said Caldwell.

At the time, Caldwell also noted that in not being beholden to advertisers, his service could open the doors to third-party developers. Instead of clamping down on clients (something Twitter was previously accused of by the industry), positively encouraged them.

Caldwell announced the File API on the blog. He said unbundling would enable you to try out a new photo-sharing service without moving your photos and social graph, adding that the concept “gives the user power to pick the software that best suits their needs, rather than being forced to use the software made by the company that manages their data”.

Complementing the File API,’s focus is shifting solely from messaging and communication to “expanding the scope of social applications”, and each member will be provided with a 10GB bucket of file storage that can be accessed by applications to read/write files.

Additionally, in providing an extra service on top of the basic messaging, now has scope to amend its pricing structure, perhaps even opening up a basic free tier to attract more users.

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