This Week’s RecApp

We have some new apps to share with you all that have recently popped up in the Directory. There is a new dedicated photo sharing app for iPhone, a new group messaging app also for iPhone, a specialized Android client that focuses on starred posts and a WordPress plugin for sharing your blog posts on ADN. Last weekend we hosted the 3rd official ADN Hackathon in San Francisco and we saw a lot of cool projects in the works that we hope to be able to share with you in the future so stay tuned.


whisperWhisper for iPhone - Designed for keeping up with your friends while on the go, Whisper provides multi-person chat built on the power of the ADN private messaging system. Share everything all in one conversation view, for the fastest, and most fun, chat app you’ll ever use.  Created by @riposte




pixterPixterfor iPhone - Pixter is a photo sharing app that you can trust. Pixter is ad-free, meaning we don’t sell our users information to advertisers to run the service. Features include: Live Filters, share and upload photos from your library, timeline view of photos from friends you follow, export photos, import photos from Instagram, share photos to ADN and annotation support.  Created by @metarain




Posts to ADNPosts to ADN - Posting ServicePosts to ADN is a WordPress plugin and it pretty much sums it up. Every time you publish a new article, a new post is created on your account. You can custom your status format with all kinds of variables: title, link, excerpt, author, and tags. It also supports link entities and URL shortening. Created by @maximevalette




aurifyAurify - for Android - Aurify aims to fulfill one main feature: creating and managing your starred posts (or “aurified” posts as they are called in the app). View your stream, view your ‘aurified’ stream, create new text posts, and view profiles of users you follow. Created by @shoerust




That’s it for this week’s recApp.  You can find the full catalog of ADN apps in the Directory.

Note: the descriptions provided here are written by the developers; modified slightly for format and length. Hackathon Recap

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This Saturday was the 3rd #adnhackathon, and some 60-70 developers and community members showed up to work on existing projects, start new ones, and generally move the platform forward.

It was a great day. Thanks to everyone who participated, both in-person and on the service remotely, and especially those that flew in from out of town. Developers came from all over the country and as far away as India, Spain, and France.

Below is a list of what was presented, and you can watch ustream to see a recording of the demo. Some of these projects are available now, while many more will be very soon.

@faizan and @anirudh demonstrated the integration they built into their photo-sharing app Pixter. You can now login with Passport and share photos to your stream.

@duerig, who makes Patter, showed off a web app called Nostalgia which is a tool that displays old posts, you know, if you’re nostalgic for the early days.


“Ohai” by @stevestreza

@stevestreza has been working on a new journaling app for iOS called Ohai, and he gave the first public presentation of its features and functionality. Ohai allows you to keep track of what you did on any given day: what photos you took, where you went, who you were with, and more. He posted the object-metadata to GitHub for other developers to start building integrations. Ohai will be available soon.

@davewood and @zedenem created a way to view ADN Stats (inspired by @ryantharp‘s stats web app) on the iPhone. It shows top posts, top hashtags, top posters, and more, over certain time periods. The plan is to incorporate it into the forthcoming iPhone app Discuss, developed by @davewood and @sabby.


“Crest” by @b3ll

@b3ll integrated into his iPad app Crest, which is a timeline visualizer. As soon as a new post is created that account’s profile image will descend from your screen. You can then tap the image to reveal the content. The integration is not yet available, but will be soon.

@conradstoll put together an iPad app that displays only the posts in your feed with links. Available soon.




@tilgovi’s annotation tool

@rrbrambley and @derelk worked on several updates to their apps, Sprinter and Climber. Photos and vidoes shared with each app will now have their own stand-alone pages that show the conversation and commenting. Like this one.

@Ji worked on a way to create a post and to view your profile in Pebble.

@swhitley integrated into an enterprise app that he develops called, Huddle. His users can now tie a private conversation on to a business process on Huddle.

@tilgovi created a way to use annotations to annotate a web page you were reading. You can create a posts and replies that show up both in your stream and on the original web page you were reading.




“Favd” by @isaiah and @samleegray

@isaiah showed off the new photo app, Favd, which he and @samleegray have been building. It’s still in progress, but you can view photos from your stream, view the @hand_picd stream, as well as take pictures, add filters, and share them. Their demo was a sneak peek, and it will be available soon.

@smallsharptools wrote an ADN Activity Collection library to make it easier to share content from other iOS services into

@problem and @birada demoed Lenses, a new photo app that displays photos in your stream and takes and posts pictures. The app is not yet available.

@lewisjellis built a sandbox that lets users write scripts in Lua and map them to URL endpoints (inspired by Plugins exposed additional functionality like reading JSON and sending SMS messages. He plans to integrate apppy by @mlv  as a plugin to make the ADN API available to Lua. Because things run in a server-side sandbox, developers can safely use their client secret to make authenticated API calls.

@neonacho built a tool called FeedMe that gives you one restaurant recommendation based on your current location. You can then check-in and create a post. Available soon.





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photos by @darius, @berg, and @ben


What is Climber? 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, 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 that lets you easily record and share short videos with your followers.

@rrbrambley and @derelk began the project at the last 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 File API, which means that your Climber videos are stored in your storage and belong to you.  As @rrbrambley states in his blog post:

“All Climber posts are more or less like any other post to, but with a link to our website where the video can be watched. Our video pages simply rely on post data to retrieve links to video files contained in personal file storage. If a user chooses to delete their 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. Hackathon Recap


This past Saturday was the 2nd #adnhackathon, and some fifty developers, community members, journalists, and the simply curious got together to hack on and talk Needless to say, it was a special day for Thanks to all those who came out (many collaborators were meeting for the first time), tuned into ustream, followed the hashtag, or otherwise participated.

The energy, the creativity, the passion, the spirit – it was all thrilling and humbling. There were a range of projects worked on, including an analytics tool, various integrations, new ways to view streams, and updates to existing apps.

Some of these projects are available for you to use now, while others you’ll (hopefully!) be able to use in the coming weeks.

Below is a list of what was presented, and you can watch ustream to see a recording of the demo.


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Weft by @duerig

@duerig presented a project called Weft, which allows you to view your stream spatially, instead of the standard thread view. You can use arrow keys to navigate your stream to view conversations, so you can track replies in new and interesting ways.

@ryantharp built an gateway, AppBox, allowing users to receive mentions directly in their favorite email client. Learn more.

@samuelclay implemented native integration with Newsblur‘s web, iPhone, and iPad applications. You can now find the people you follow on on NewsBlur (as long as they have an NewsBlur account). You can also share links from NewsBlur to

@joshjones created Netwall, which displays a feed in a billboard style on your iPad. For example, you can live stream global (or, soon, your own stream, hashtag, and more) and get a look at what’s happening. Read his blog post about it.



Heartbeat @haxor and @tilgovi

@haxor and @tilgovi developed heartbeat, which is a time-series monitor, allowing you to graph data series over time, using Channels as a backend to store the data. This allows you, for example, to see how many visitors a particular web page receives over time, like you’re checking its pulse.

@rrbrambley and @derelk – created a video sharing tool for using the File API. Here’s the video they took to demo.

@abraham upgraded his Succynct Chrome extension with more robust interactions notifications, including starring and reposting. He also demoed hashtag notifications (coming soon), so you can get notifications whenever a hashtag is used in a post.

@isaiah and @joeworkman added some additional functionality to Kiwi. They created a Safari extension for Kiwi to create posts for sharing the current web page or a selection of text or images. They also made it easier to share images and text from your hard drive directly to Kiwi. While they were at it, they created an Alfred extension, and a dropzone extension is coming soon.



Amy by @stevestreza

Amy by @stevestreza

@stevestreza unveiled Amy, which integrates private messages – including file sharing – into Messages for Mac, included in all machines running Mountain Lion. The integration includes Patter rooms. He wrote a blog post about it, including instructions for download and setup.

@barmstrong created two projects. The first, Checkin ADN, is a check-in app to broadcast your location. The second, Salsola, applies customizable Tumblr themes to an stream.


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Comics-inspired communication by @andrewhaskin, @billkunz, and @nelsonhornstein

@billkunz and @nelsonhornstein worked on a prototype of @andrewhaskin‘s master’s thesis project. They are creating new way to interact and communicate, inspired by comics. @andrewhaskin wrote up a blog post that details more.

@jaminguy and @jaredsinclair continued work on their app Riposte, adding support for private messages

@kolin — added photo support to Stream. Coming soon will be a map view to see where in the world posts are being created.

@mthurman forked @abraham‘s Chrome extension Succynct to enable keeping track of which posts you’ve already seen. When opening conversations in new tabs, posts which have already been seen are faded out.

@voidfiles also forked Succynct and added support for sharing text, links and images from the context menu. Here’s the post he made from Succynct during his demo.

@jmathai added File API support to TroveBox (formerly OpenPhoto) enabling you to see your photos hosted on as an album as well as post pictures to through TroveBox.




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Upcoming events in NYC, San Francisco and Austin

If you’re in, or around, New York City, San Francisco, and Austin the next few weeks, come meet a few of your fellow community members.

First up: ADN Meetup in New York City on Thursday, February 21 at Salvation Taco from 6-9 pm. @jhubball and @orian from ADNHQ will be on hand, joined by many others, to eat tacos and talk shop. RSVP to attend.


On Saturday, March 2, the 2nd Hackathon goes down in San Francisco, 10 am – 10 pm (exact location TBD). Last time, projects like LongPosts, Apparchy, Vidcast, among many others, came to life. We’re fired up to see what’s in store this year. Please RSVP if you’re planning on attending.

A week later, on March 9, @dalton will be speaking at SXSW. If you’re in town, let @adn know, as we’re finalizing the details on a casual meetup someplace nearby.


#ADNoriginal on #MondayNightDanceParty

Back in November we wrote about the #MondayNightDanceParty phenomenon that sprung up entirely out of users wanting interact and share some of their favorite tunes.  It’s been a fun, great way to shake of the Monday blues with some delta blues.

Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 6.50.42 PMGroup organizer @jdscolam has added a new wrinkle to the party by highlighting some of the community’s own musicians.  #ADNoriginal will put the spotlight on a musically talented user so the rest of us can learn more about them. The next  #ADNoriginal will be @wendy (formerly @punchingdrums) this upcoming Monday night, January 28th.

For those of you that are new to the #MondayNightDanceParty, you can get up to speed here.

#MondayNightDanceParty kicks off at 8:30 p.m. CST and will proceed as usual.  The #ADNoriginal will be highlighted about halfway through the party (around 9:30) when they will play a song by her band, VioletG, followed by a song by an artist who has greatly influenced her music. They’ll cap it off with a short interview to get to know the artist behind the music.

Calling all musicians in the community: if you would like to be featured on a future episode of #MondayNightDanceParty, hit up @jdscolam on the service and show him your stuff!  There are a ton of talented users of all sorts in our community.  Stand forward and be recognized.


Continuing the great tradition of discussions and member-originated clubs and interest groups, the second #ADNComicClub is fast approaching, this Saturday, January 26. There’s still time to secure and devour this month’s selection, Maus Volume 1 by Art Spiegelman.

The club works as you’d expect. Participants read the current month’s selection and then log in to on discussion day to share thoughts and reactions using the #ADNComicsClub hashtag. @Justine got things started – with help from @mina, among others – and serves as the de facto leader and wrangler.

The inaugural selection was Batman: The Long Halloween, and you can read a transcript of the event here. This month, the discussion will utilize @duerig‘s group chat application Patter.

For a teaser, check out #bookbytes podcast, hosted by @saket@justine, and @sneagan, for an early discussion on Maus 1. The podcast series tackles the month’s comics selection as well as the #ADNbookclub pick (update: this month’s book club is Cloud Atlas, and the commentary will take place this Friday, February 15).

It’s not too late to vote on your preferred #ADNcomicsclub meet-up time:

justine Hey #adncomicsclub! Leave me your discussion questions and vote for your preferred meeting time here:

@kirschen @sba @matthewbogart @comicsans @rand @ranti @thestopbutton @drunkenpirate @lindsay @ben @ednapiranha


The #Bookclub

We like to keep an eye out for examples of the creativity, depth, and strength of the community. That’s partly why we like #MondayNightDanceParty so much and why we’re excited about’s very own #Bookclub, which has crystalized over the last few days.

The idea is familiar: participants in the #Bookclub will choose one book a month to read and discuss it on on the last Saturday of the month. @icy got things rolling and suggested the #bookclub start with Christopher Beuhlman’s wonderfully eerie novel Those Across the River. The discussion is scheduled for Saturday, December 29. To participate, just read the book and be ready on the 29th to share a few thoughts.

@shawnthroop put together a few pages and hashtags to keep track of it all:

#bookclub where you can learn about the current month’s  selection.

#bookclubsuggestion - where you can recommend a book for future months.

#bookclubvote where you can vote on the next month’s choice.

There are still details to be worked out, so monitor those hashtags for updates.