RebelMouse started off as a simple hub for aggregating Twitter and Facebook.
Bit by bit, iteration by iteration, they built up their product, adding features along the way, all the while remaining absolutely free.
Today, they revealed the paid half of their freemium model: the ability to power an entire website with the RebelMouse platform.
At a delightfully affordable $9.99, it’s a strong selling point for anyone who wants a more on-brand approach to aggregating, or curating, their social media activity.
I just have one request: Please, don’t replace your website with RebelMouse. If you’re going to go premium, leave it as a subdomain.
RebelMouse is great for showcasing, but it falls apart when you’re trying to find something. It’s too busy and disorganized. The gimmicky Pinterest-style design goes from endearing to aggravating when you flip from “browsing mode” to “searching mode”.
For example, I was hoping to dig through a news archive to find a history of their product updates. No luck. I skimmed through tile after tile, scrolling and CTRL+F’ing. Nada.
Don’t put your visitors through that frustration. Use RebelMouse where it makes sense, and leave it at that.