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Introducing Seesmic Ping Paid Plans

We launched Seesmic Ping in beta early this year and have continued to work on the product – adding services (ie Tumblr), features (bookmarklet) and mobile applications (iPhone, iPad and Android) – and we’ll continue to work on adding features and services.

Several weeks ago, we announced to users about our pricing plan for Seesmic Ping and this week we are launching Seesmic Ping as a paid service and will continue building the product through our paid users. We will still offer a free plan and users will still be able to take advantage of the basic features. We’ve also improved the UI to the Seesmic Ping posting page, and we hope you’ll share in our delight with the improvements we’ve made.

Details of the Plans:
We’re offering three pricing tiers – Free, Plus and Pro.
You can view the pricing plans here.

Free Plan
There are two main limits for the Free plan: 1) number of accounts you can post to and 2) number of posts per day.

Number of accounts: Current users are by default under the free plan and will be limited to posting to three basic accounts (one Twitter, one Facebook account, and one LinkedIn account). Users under the free plan can set up as many accounts as they want – the limits are for posting destinations.

For example, I have a few twitter accounts set up in my Seesmic Profile: I have @yama as my personal account and @TakoyakiCart as my side business. Under the free plan, I can send a post to @yama and in a separate post, I can send to @TakoyakiCart. However, I won’t be able to send a single post to two twitter accounts at the same time in the free plan.

Seesmic Ping Account Limits

Seesmic Ping Account Limits

Posting limits: Under the free plan, you’ll be limited to 10 posts per day, that will include posts you scheduled in the future. Users will be notified when they reach their 8th post that they are near the limit of 10. On the web, you are notified when the limit is reset, which is when you make the first post of the day. Users will be notified/warned on both web and clients on the number of posts.

  Seesmic Ping Posting Limits

Seesmic Ping Posting Limits

Plus Plan
Users who sign up for a Seesmic Plus plan for $4.99 per month, can send up to 50 posts per day, to a combination of up to 10 accounts (including Tumblr and Facebook Pages) for posting.

Pro Plan
Users who sign up for a Seesmic Pro plan for $49.99 per month, can send an unlimited number of posts per day, to as many accounts you can set up for your Seesmic Profile.

By default, all users will be under the free plan, and it should not impact your accounts that you’ve already set up. You can upgrade your account by going to Profile settings to upgrade your plan.

Once you sign up for a plan, you can cancel your plan within the first 30 days, and will be refunded immediately. If you choose to cancel your plan after 30 days, you won’t be billed at the next billing cycle and can continue to use the plan until the end of the current cycle.

After years of providing free products, we’re pretty excited around implementing paid plans and start committing ourselves to work with customers. We still have much to do and a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a lot of exciting things coming in the pipeline. If you need help, you can submit your questions on our help site: http://help.seesmic.com/  If you have any suggestions to help us prioritize, feel free to add, vote or campaign here on our feedback site: http://feedback.seesmic.com/.

 

Posted by Yama in Seesmic, Seesmic Ping
  • BrianRubin

    Folks, love the service, but if you want my moneys, please add support for Google+. You’ll have it then. 

    • yama

      thanks – working on adding g+  - we’ll keep you posted

  • albertosesn

    One funny question: Is there any way to read facebook and twitter from Seesmic Ping on the web (without installing it)? That is my main use for Seesmic Web, I don’t want to post as much as I want to read everything in one place, anywhere.

    • yama

      Not yet. We’re in works for a place to see your responses (retweets, likes, mentions) in one place – more to come soon…

      • albertosesn

        Ummm, so there isn’t anything about reading Twitter’s timelines and Facebook’s News. Not the product for me.

      • albertosesn

        Now I understand the reason behind this decision 
        https://dev.twitter.com/blog/delivering-consistent-twitter-experience.
        So twitter is not going to let apps do things the twitter’s official client does.

    • Maggie O’Connell

       Seesmic Web is still working (I hope it’s not a glitch!) but I have to acces it through Google search.

      • albertosesn

        As they said on twitter: they are ”
        sunsetting Seesmic Web and Seesmic Desktop”… http://twitter.com/Seesmic/status/217646674946965504

        • albertosesn

          BTW: I understand the new focus of the service… but until  they have “responses” implemented, there are not going to be many new customers, specially taking in account that in corporate environments, they need to not just post, but to answer.

          • Maggie O’Connell

            This reminds me of the delicio.us change of design that made most of their userbase to flee. Here the Seesmic web and Seesmic desktop users will do the same.

            By the way, do they know that Gremln does the same that Ping (and offers more to the free users)?

      • albertosesn

        Ohhh, and the sun setting is serious… take a look at  
        http://twitter.com/#!/search/@seesmic?q=%40seesmic

  • http://about.me/joaoalmeida t3mujin

    49$ for unlimited uploads? I’d rather pay hootsuite’s or buffer’s10$ with more features. Bravo @seesmic:twitter you crippled a great service, so long…

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    Too many free options available, Seesmic you’ve lost your freaking minds!

  • http://twitter.com/GeekToEnglish Tracy Newhouse

    *sigh* Time to find a new service…

  • Iwouldnever

    What a bust. Loved using your desktop and web service, and recommending you to others. Now that these services I rely on have disappeared overnight with no warning, well, not only does that BLOW, but I have no use for the paid service you are now offering, which has none of the uses I relied on.  Thanks for the memories.

  • http://twitter.com/maverick_x5 ★ Ginés ★

    All the good things in life are free. Imagine if twitter charge for every 10 tweets? Folks, I think you were amazing, Since today you lost your mind. Going with tweetdeck.

    • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

      So you expect them to make no money?

      • http://twitter.com/maverick_x5 ★ Ginés ★

        there are other ways to make money, like facebook or twitter.

      • http://twitter.com/BurntSynapse John C. ‘Buck’ Field

         Stephen, do you really NOT see how bad this is for the business, and that they will not only “make no money”, they will lose the huge brand value they’d rightfully established?

  • http://twitter.com/maverick_x5 ★ Ginés ★

    Even if I paid, the service is weak and bad. Yama, dude, wrong strategic.

  • http://twitter.com/Sabs_85 Sabine

    wow, I wld’ve actually paid the $5 for Seesmic web as I’ve absolutely loved it for years, but the use for a posting service with no timeline reading abilities completely escapes me 8|

    • http://www.MobileJaw.com/ Mike Temporale

      Agreed – Seesmic Web was worth $5. You’ll need to pay me to use your new offering. 

      Account deleted – I’m out of here. 

  • http://twitter.com/AndaleeDance Andalee Dance

    This is awful. I feel like I got the old bait and switch. I can’t believe you are doing this to your existing customers. I hope you did a conjoint analysis or something. At least grandfather us in or something. I am now going to scour the internet for other FREE options. I was a huge ping fan and now you’ve lost me.

  • http://twitter.com/hjnaidu Hemant J. Naidu

    Yikes. Other than a corporate account that manages tons of social media accounts and message, who would pay $50 per month to post to Twitter as much as you want? 

    There is so many free options out there that this makes absolutely no sense. Unless you are targeting corporate accounts, this is a bad move. Why not allow free for personal and small business use?I will be moving onto another product. I did enjoy using your product.

  • http://twitter.com/rodtrent Rod Trent

    Buncha crap.  Honestly. Uninstalling now.

  • Chris Dagenais

    I love seesmic web and have been convincing people to switch to it away from desktop apps for a long time.  I tried ping when it was first out in beta and it’s useless.  What good is a service that doesn’t let me read my timeline?  I don’t go to twitter to post, I go to read what people i’m following are saying and occasionally reply.

    Sorry seesmic, I love seesmic web, but this will be the end of our relationship :(

    • Kailani

      Exactly my feeling. 

    • http://twitter.com/__roger Roger

       So did I, it was the best column based timeline all around and I surely would have paid for it, but yeah, there it goes.

    • http://twitter.com/digideth digideth

      They destroyed the original Ping for this New Ping which is worthless.

      There are 2 services out there already that puts Ping in the trash can.

      Now they are killing the app to we use  to read everything? and in the
      comments bellow they say they are working on a way to read reply’s in
      Ping. WTF? Has everyone at Seesmic lost their mind? I just don’t
      understand.

      You want people to pay for a worthless service and you killing the service people would pay for.

      Please explain to me how this makes any sense at all?
       

  • Y. Hughes

    Really, you think I’ll actually pay all that for THIS? I mean I really did love Seesmic enough but it is not worth my hard earned money when I can easily find something free. You guys are really out of your minds.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottDL Scott L.

    Used @Seesmic from Day 1. Understand the need for the pivot, but the limits on the free Ping account are too much to deal with. I wish you luck and success in your future (but goodbye).

  • Guest

    I have been a seesmic user since original Twhirl, you have made the largest mistake and Ping will be the end of Seesmic. You have lost me and turned me into the opposite of one of your biggest brand evangelists.

  • http://twitter.com/TPO_Hisself Tom O’Halloran

    this is daft… you had what was arguably the best column based timeline reader, and you close it down?  Who is running things over there, a committee of 3 goats on crack?    Charge me $5 and turn it back on already!!   and 50 Tweets a day?   REALLY??  what do I do AFTER breakfast?

  • Pat

    I had been using the Seesmic free web based service for only a month. I loved the dashboard and had no idea it was going away until sometime yesterday when I could no longer pre-load Tweets.  Too bad.  At this point, I can’t justify paying a fee to load tweets for 1 small personal Twitter account so guess I will be searching for something similar hopefully with as many free features.

    • http://twitter.com/hjnaidu Hemant J. Naidu

      In conjunction with Seesmic, I was also using HootSuite, but just for some tweets that I scheduled. Since Seesmic made the change I have been using HootSuite full time. It has been working quite well for me and it also seem more responsive that Seesmic Web.

  • http://streetblogger.tumblr.com/ Sidy

    Writing Social Media Press Releases: 3 Tools to Help | Practical eCommerce  http://t.co/cGpu2MkP #InYourFace‬ @loic @seesmic ‪#giveusbackpingfm‬

  • http://twitter.com/bettervideo Michael Graef

    Perhaps you didn’t realize this, but part of the appeal of your service was that it was an alternative to desktop installation for people (like me) in a locked-down corporate environment. I would have paid for Seesmic Web. Ping is useless to me. I understand the need to monetize. But apparently you don’t know much about your users and what attracted them in the first place…

  • http://twitter.com/TopWindowsTuts Matthew A Buxton

    Add me to the list of voices completely baffled by this, I don’t see what use Ping is at all. I’ve already switched to Tweetdeck though (I much prefer desktop apps to web, so much faster) So long Seesmic.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewastewart Andrew Stewart

    Not impressed. Twitter is blocked in work, and Seesmic Web is the only way I can access it.

    What is the point in being online if I can’t post?

    Seesmic Web was perfect but now it’s ruined

  • Judy Bell

    what the heck are you thinking?  Where are my timelines?  I want to read posts, see my updates, my mentions. Whoever thought this up should be fired. I’m deleting my seesmic link from my taskbar and am done with it.

  • Nault

    And uninstall.  I had paid $5 for pro but there are way to many other options to even consider this a good idea.

  • http://www.bradlowrey.net/ Brad Lowrey

    Just like most everyone else on this page, I loved Seesmic before but now Ping and the new model just don’t make sense. $5 a month for basically the same service Hootsuite or TweetDeck offers for free and $50 a month for less than what Hootsuite does for $15 a month. Yeah… thanks but no thanks.

  • Callensky1

    As a TV weatherman, I bragged on the Seesmic dashboard for so long and pushed it to other TV meteorologists across the country as THE timeline to use during times of severe weather…type it once and it will go to all your social pages and you get to see the responses all on one dashboard.  Now, all of that is gone.  I don’t know what the hell you guys are thinking but this is the dumbest move I’ve seen from something that had real potential…and even potentially life-saving when it comes to informing the public through social media about severe weather.  I paid my $5 yesterday, but now that I can’t have a timeline or dashboard, this is worthless to me and the thousands of people I try to protect.

  • alexandredsc

    Making money on the web, Seesmic, you’re doing it wrong.

  • David

    I’ve been using the free beta and the service is great.  The UI update looks great.  However the free limits kind of suck.  I only have two accounts but my facebook account apparently has to many “pages” to quality for free.  The PING will not allow me to post because I admin to many pages.

    So is the limit accounts or how many pages you admin under your account?  I agree that the service is worth $5 per month and I will be upgrading soon but this limit is irritating.

  • http://twitter.com/MeeLuanistyn Chas

    Bye, bye Seesmic – you’ve screwed up BIG TIME.

  • YoMamaYama

    yeah, seriously. no. not gonna happen.  Have no use for ping. if you wanted to get out of the social part of social media – you shoulda just said ‘hey, we’re done’ no timeline reading?? really. Sayonara

  • ken147

    Wow, 50 bucks a month to get the Same fuctionality as Seesmic Web had?

    In a nutshell Seesmic, You can go to H***

  • Jarrod Marshall

    Biggest #FAIL since Netflix.

  • robynsc

    huh? grrrr…

  • Jenn

    Oh well, time to start using another service.

  • http://twitter.com/andycurry1 Andy Curry

    You just took the legs out of your previously fantastic service. No timeline? Just what am I to use your “Ping” for then? It does less than everything else out there, not as well and you’re trying to charge for that? Worthless, cynical and moronic. Slow handclap everyone. Account closed.

  • John Curran

    Have to agree with most other commentors. A post service without a timeline viewer is crazy! Just went back to Tweetdeck. You guys have signed your own death warrant! Pity – I was a big fan and got lots of people using your service. RIP

  • Tfl

    I agree with most of the posts here => I have stopped using Seesmic. :-(

  • http://twitter.com/chad_fullerton Chad Fullerton

    Ping is an interesting product, but not something I’m looking for as an old user of Seesmic Web. I agree with all other posters, Seesmic Web was great – and worth paying for. Ping unfortunately just doesn’t have the feature set to demand $50/mo for. Loic should have done a survey of the existing customer base to see who would pay, because I’m sure most would have! Ping is great for what it does, and yes… it is focused and very simple to use. The problem is the price point when comparing the competition. However, I’m not sure even if the price points were changed at this point that you would be able to win back your customers who have now left to alternative services frustrated and angry.

    For those looking for free alternatives, the best I know of is a newly launched service called Gremln which allows 5 accounts unlimited posts for free. They used to be called Twaitter. Very similar interface to Seesmic Web.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamCrolla Adam Crolla

    I just want Seesmic Desktop… do I have to have that ping thing instead? And do I really only get ten posts a day on it?! Are you actually joking?!

  • Jhms

    seesmic we want our web back…make it work plz…

  • EMV

    Wow, what horrible.

    Good bye, searching for other alternatives (You have killed a great service..read the comments.)

  • http://twitter.com/dalydose Jeff Daly

    I didn’t think I was crazy! Ping IS available for Windows Phone.  Please update your site.  Besides this, you seem to have made some pricing and feature mistakes.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/830bcb06-149f-457e-b9bf-9cc2b1d7621f

  • http://twitter.com/BurntSynapse John C. ‘Buck’ Field

    I’m astounded…  I kept thinking I had not understood the new upgrade, but it really is a gigantic error.  I truly feel bad for the team. 

    As a management consultant I would never have allowed a team to screw up so badly while I was there, if only to keep my name from being associated with this.  PingFm was such an incredible tool. 

    This mistake is going to incur huge costs :( 

    Email or call, I’ll advise free of charge.

  • http://twitter.com/dalydose Jeff Daly

    I swear that I have the Windows Phone app installed, but the website makes no mention of their own app on the platform.  It’s not posting as of 5 minutes ago, anyway.  Maybe they pulled support for WinPhone.

    Besides that, the pricing seems out of whack.  $50/month?? For that kind of dough, it should write the posts for me and be wittier, smarter and more timely than I am.

  • http://twitter.com/montereydiver Karen C

    Unbelievably disappointed. Going back to Tweetdeck :(