Thanks for the comment. I think it’s problematic for App.net. In the early days of Facebook, you could only join if you went to the same school as Zuck. Then it expanded to other top tier universities. When I joined, you still had to prove you were either at university or had graduated (I think – so long ago!).
That’s left Facebook with a lot of legacy issues around how it treats and presents information. At its heart is a tool for college students to see what’s happening.
I’m not saying that ADN *has* to change or *must* do anything. I’m trying to point out that excluding people at an early stage can lead to problems in the future for the service.
I really doesn’t matter if the barrier to entry is based on money, education, language, or whether you like Star Wars.