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For a long time on AppStorm now, I seem to be the resident App.net (ADN) geek. I like trying out and reviewing the apps. I’m really interested in where the platform is going in the future. For those of you who aren’t aware, ADN is a sort-of Twitter alternative that’s totally private (there’s no tracking or advertising). It’s also a backend for a lot of really cool apps.

One of those super-cool apps is Felix, which started out as a feature behemoth and has slowly been coming into its own. It has a beautiful design and, with the update to iOS 7, has really come into its own. For many people, Felix might make ADN worth signing up for. Read on for my thoughts on the new Felix update for iPad.

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I’m on a lot of social networks, partially because I do a lot of work in the tech industry, and partially because I use my work in the tech industry as an excuse to be on a lot of social networks. When it comes down to it, though, I’m on the networks for two reasons. The first is so I can keep up with my friends and be jealous of their lives — especially thanks to Instagram, where I can see my one friend had a pulled pork sandwich for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants while I had peanut butter on toast and a banana. The other real reason I’m on social networks, at this point, is to keep up with the news.

Twitter and App.net are good at both, but both can be difficult to keep up with. That’s why I was really interested to see App.news, an aggregator of the links being shared on App.net. It skips all the chatter and just puts together a feed of articles — think of it as a sort-of RSS Reader for App.net. Is it worth your time? Read on to find out.

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App.net developers have produced a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple ports of Twitter apps to innovative apps that support App.net’s file storage API. Apps that support the service’s basic user timeline are plentiful, but the spotlight has shifted to the apps that ditch conventional design and support App.net’s new and innovative features. Chimp is one of the newest App.net clients that does just this. Today we’ll put the app under the microscope to see just how well it stands up to the competition.
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While there was nothing wrong with Tapbots apps, Tweetbot and Netbot, I had grown increasingly disenchanted with them and craved something new and fresh. When Twitterrific 5 made its debut, I quickly jumped ship and haven’t looked back. Unfortunately, at that time, Netbot remained the best option for App.net and thus I was resigned to using it.

This Monday, however, things changed drastically. Felix, previously only available on the iPhone, crashed the scene by making a big splash. Overnight it catapulted to the top spot in charts across the globe. The success is much deserved and needless to say… Netbot no longer resides on my iPad.

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A week ago, Nathan Snelgrove looked at Zephyr, a slick and feature-packed ADN client for both the iPad and iPhone. The app got a solid 8 out of 10 rating and he concluded by stating, “…it holds a lot of potential, and if the developer is working on it, we’re looking at an ADN client that could be the go-to in six months’ time. As it stands, the most feature-packed options are Netbot (which is still too similar to Tweetbot for my own liking) or Felix (which is only for iPhone)”.

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App.net (ADN) is probably the most talked-about social network of recent times — and it’s extremely easy to see why. OK, so microblogging is nothing new in the virtual world (yes, I’m looking at you, Twitter) but ADN really is the model that I’d love to see Twitter emulate.

For starters, you can post messages of up to 256 characters (sometimes, 140 just isn’t enough) and it feels a lot cleaner than Twitter — there’s no spam bots, sponsored links or pretentious retweets — just pure, unadulterated bliss. And with developers cottoning on to ADN, it’s now supported by a growing number of programs — including a number of iPad clients which Nathan Snelgrove rounded up for you recently.

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I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of App.net (ADN). I’ve reviewed ADN clients at iPad.AppStorm’s iPhone and Android sister sites, and I think the future of the platform is brighter than any of us might know right now. As it is though, this is a social network still in its infancy and it’s hard to find an app you’ll love using with it.

With that in mind, I thought it’d be worth taking a look at your options on the iPad platform. There’s a huge variety of interfaces available, even within the apps currently available, and you’re likely to find something you’ll fall in love with here.

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App.net is rapidly evolving from an ambitious concept into a flourishing reality. User registrations have exceeded the 25,000 mark, and the addition of Netbot, by Tapbots, to the App.net lineup lead to a boom in new user registrations.

AppNet Rhino was the first App.net iOS client to make it into the hands of users, but its lack of features resulted in a less-than-stellar experience. It’s hard to scoff at a free application, but App.net users are a technologically savvy bunch, and other free apps were trumping Rhino in both style and functionality. The AppNet Rhino team acknowledged this feature gap with an impressive update, which also made Rhino one of two App.net iPad clients currently available. Let’s take a look at this new iPad version, and examine just how well it holds up against the Tapbots juggernaut. (more…)

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