But for many, making the move to App.net from Twitter is not as simple as starting to post on the former and quitting the later. For whatever reason, many, if not most, people on App.net will continue to use Twitter.
If you’re interested in cross-posting, developers are hard at work on several solutions. One sends tweets to App.net via Buffer, another uses a Web-based client where you can choose to post to both networks, while yet another adds post to App.net functionality to the tweet button.
There likely are many more solutions out there or in the works, but the easiest way to truly automate posting is Twapp. You simply set it up and forget it. Twapp will send all of your App.net posts (excluding replies and reposts) to Twitter and add an #adn (short for App.net) hash tag. If your post is longer than 140 characters (App.net gives you 256 characters), it will be shortened and a link to your App.net post will be added.
This happens automatically and almost instantaneously.
Twapp will set you back $5, but that’s a small price to pay for automagic. You can find the developer behind Twapp, Tom Ashworth, at alpha.app.net/phuu or twitter.com/phuunet. Tom also developed a tool to find your Twitter friends on App.net.
Oh, and notice how Tom’s usernames are different on each service? Twapp will handle that for you and change a reference to @phuu in an App.net post to @phuunet on Twitter.
Also, the developer has said he is working on several new features and enhancements, including implementing an “opt-out” hash tag that would prevent App.net posts from going to Twitter, better username conversion, hash tag options and generally greater control over how your tweet looks.