An easier way for your friends to try out

Update: we have since released V2 of the invite experiment that removes the credit card requirement. Learn more.

A question we have commonly heard in the community is: “How can I buy a month of service to give to a friend?” We considered the mechanism by which an user could purchase a month on behalf of someone else, and decided there might be an easier first step.

So, as of today, community members can invite their friends to a trial period of in which the first month is free.

Here’s how it works:

  • members on a yearly plan have access to a small number of invitations.
  • These invitations can be used by members to invite specific friends they think would appreciate a one-month trial period of the service.
  • The recipient of the invitation will be able to click through a link contained within an email and create an account.
  • During the signup process, the invitee will be asked to enter credit card information and to select a plan that only takes effect once the trial has ended. The invitee will not be charged during the trial period, and can easily cancel their account at any point.
  • When invitees sign up for an account after clicking on an invite, they will automatically follow the person that invited them, and vice versa.

If you are an user on a yearly plan, click here to see how many invites are currently available to you.

As a company, we have methodically experimented with changes to the account creation process. For example, our price dropthe introduction of a monthly plan, as well as developer test accounts. This trend will certainly continue.

In this specific case, we’ve intentionally released only a limited number of invites, and we’ll track the program’s performance closely. If successful – that is, if these invitations have a positive effect on the community – then we’ll plan on expanding it.

As always, we want your feedback. Please send comments to @ADN.