What is Climber?

App.net is a social network and a platform for applications – a network of independently developed apps – that members can choose between. Depending on your preferred method of connecting to App.net, there is an app for you. This series will showcase the variety of apps you can use.


Climber is a brand new video sharing app built for App.net that lets you easily record and share short videos with your followers.

@rrbrambley and @derelk began the project at the last App.net Hackathon on March 2nd in San Francisco and three short weeks later you can download it from the App Store for your iPhone.  That’s pretty cool to see.

The way Climber works is that you open the app in your iPhone and after about a second of old fashioned TV snow you’re ready to start recording.

To begin recording touch and hold down your finger anywhere on the screen for as long as you’d like to record video.  As soon as you lift your finger the recording stops and will continue recording when you press down again.  This allows you to “edit” your video in real-time by linking short clips together to create your 11 second masterpiece.

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When you are done recording you can instantly preview the video (recommended) before sharing it with the world.  When you are ready to post it, add a message to the post and tag your location if you like or let the video speak for itself.

Here are a few Climber videos that were reposted by the @climber account:  Seems like breakfast was a popular topic.

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Your Climber videos can be viewed on the Climber website when you click on the link in a post but that is not where your videos are stored.

Climber makes use of the App.net File API, which means that your Climber videos are stored in your App.net storage and belong to you.  As @rrbrambley states in his blog post:

“All Climber posts are more or less like any other post to App.net, but with a link to our website where the video can be watched. Our video pages simply rely on App.net post data to retrieve links to video files contained in personal App.net file storage. If a user chooses to delete their App.net post, or even just delete the video file in their file storage, then it can no longer be viewed on our website”


climber In support of #MondayNightDanceParty, we'd love to repost any great dance moves you feeling like showing off on Climber :)

Seeing as today is Monday, Climber is inviting your to share any videos of your best dance moves during tonight’s #MondayNightDanceParty so start getting warmed up, you don’t want to pull a hammy.

We love seeing the evolution of apps being built on ADN and we think Climber does a great job of creating a unique experience for the ADN community to interact.  We look forward to seeing more apps like it in the Directory.