’s subscription renewal rate: Enough to be profitable and self-sustaining, too low to pay employees’s subscription renewal rate: Enough to be profitable and self-sustaining, too low to pay ... today revealed the results from its first major round of subscription renewals a few weeks ago, which coincide with a year after the original launch of the Twitter alternative. In short, while the company didn’t share the exact renewal rate, it did say will continue to coexist, but only with contractors improving the code.

The renewal rate was high enough for to be “profitable and self-sustaining on a forward basis,” meaning the revenue covered operational and hosting costs. As such, there will be no changes to the API or the service: “ will continue to operate normally on an indefinite basis.”

The renewal rate was not high enough to pay full-time employees. In other words, will no longer employ any salaried employees, including co-founders Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg. The duo will continue to be responsible for the operation of, but no longer as employees. Contractors will continue to help with support and operations, as well as any new development projects.

The situation gets worse. will be winding down its Developer Incentive Program and will reach out to developers currently enrolled in it. The decision was made “as part of our efforts to ensure is generating positive cash flow.”

The main good news to come out of this is that the company will be open sourcing “a larger and larger percentage of the codebase.” In fact, it has launched a new open source page at and released the code behind its microblogging web application Alpha on GitHub. understands that it will only manage to survive if the community wants to keep it alive:

The continued support and interest of the community is vital the continued health and wellbeing of the platform. Depending on the revenue that makes, we are open to increasing or decreasing the budget we can allocate towards additional development. If revenue rates start to tilt upward we would be excited to budget additional development resources. In any event, our intention is to have the service continue to operate for as long as there are customers willing to support it.

Right now, the situation doesn’t look promising. We will have to wait and see if giving the community even more control over’s future will help change its trajectory, or not.

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