Easily send App.net posts to Twitter

As Twitter slowly alienates its most tech savvy users by clamping down on third-party clients and even denying their existence, more and more people are heading to App.net.

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. 

Getting started on App.net

If you’re new to App.net, expect to be in the alpha soon or are just curious what all the talk is about, I recommend checking out a few pages. 

The first is the FAQ. Here you will learn how to use the new platform and the latest on the conventions for posting, reposting, etc. Here, RP is used in place of RT. 

The second page is the app directory. Here you will find Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and mobile web apps that are available or under development. Can’t decide which one to try? Try them all, or create a post asking for thoughts. If you’ve registered to beta test a mobile app and are still waiting, try shrtmsg.com

To see how fast the site is growing, check out appnetstats.com. Fascinating stuff. 

Want to search? There’s a site for that: appnet.herokuapp.com.

Another must-have if you’re using alpha.app.net on Chrome browser is an extension called Succynct. It adds a ton of functionality to the website, including notifications of mentions and new followers and a “share” button that allows you to easily repost. (I replace “Shared” with RP because I like that shorter convention.)

Buffer already has App.net integration, so you can post to Twitter (or other services) and App.net (ADN for short) at the same time. Great blog post on why Buffer was an early believer in ADN. 

If you’re on Twitter, there are a couple of tools you can use to find your friends on app.net. Find your Friends is my favorite because you can follow ADN users directly from the results page. Friend Find will provide links to your Twitter friends on App.net too. 

One thing to keep in mind about the friend finder tools: They assume that Twitter username is the same as ADN username. So, make sure it’s the same person by checking out the user’s ADN profile page. 

If you’re curious, there is a handy way to check your user ID. On your profile page, which you access by clicking on “My Posts”, hover over your username and you will see your number.


One of the biggest questions I’ve seen and received is about iPhone apps. There are several under development and a handful are accepting beta testers. One of the most popular and feature rich is AppApp. To beta test AppApp, sign up here

Once you’re in, the global feed (at least for now) is the place to hang out. Welcome new users as their first posts appear (“hello world”), jump into conversations or start your own, and reply to questions with a helpful link or offer an encouraging word as we all figure out this thing together. 

Want to chat or give me some feedback? Give me a shout: @willettjf.

Twitter’s new “consistent experience”

New tweet views

The old (left) vs. new (right) tweet detail views in Twitter for iPhone (top) and Twitter for Android (bottom). I don’t know why image preview didn’t display in the updated Twitter for Android.

When Twitter issued updates to its Android and iPhone apps yesterday, the first thing I did was check out the apps to see what features had been removed.

As I opened the Twitter for Android app for the first time after the update, I went to the tweet details view for the latest tweet in my timeline and the first thing I noticed is that it didn’t say what client was used to post the tweet. 

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