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After I set up an Alpha account for One Thing Well last week, the folk over at suggested I give away a bunch of invitations to their service.

Fancy joining? Click on this link:

If you sign up to via the URL above, you’ll get an account on the free tier1 and automatically follow @onethingwell.

There are 150 accounts available, and the invitation link will expire on Wednesday, 15th of May (in other words, be quick!).

If you’re not sure what Alpha and are, and wonder whether you should bother with an account:

Alpha is a Twitter-ish thing built on that feels a wee bit like Twitter did before it hit the mainstream, but after the influx of new users who signed up in 2007, post-SXSW — generally quite geeky, relatively quiet, and with an emphasis on conversation over quickfire one-to-many quippery. It’s roomier, too, with posts limited to 256 characters. proper is a platform for, well, all sorts of social-type things2—messaging and chat, file storage, sharing & synchronisation, location check-ins, &c..

This generalist approach allows developers to build, say, an photo-sharing app, or a quick ‘n’ easy file-sharing application. So, if you’re not interested in Alpha, an account might still come in handy. Whatever you end up using for, the following line from their ‘core values’ applies:

> members always have full control of their data and the fundamental right to easily back-up, export, and delete ALL of their data, whenever they want.

In short, Alpha is a nice place to hang out and talk to folk; is a platform with a lot of potential, and a laudable emphasis on treating its users well.

The only thing missing is people — particularly people who aren’t developers, technology journalists or semi-professional webloggers! — a problem you can help fix with a quick click:

  1. This means you can follow up to 40 accounts, and have 500 MB of file storage to play with. If you upgrade to a paid account (which costs $36 a year) you get 10 GB of storage and can follow as many accounts as you like. 

  2. See the API’s Annotations documentation for an idea of how flexible the service can be, and check the directory to see what developers are dreaming up.