What is photo-app?

photoapp 2For all you photographers out there, hobbyists and professionals alike, there is a new app in the Directory created by @taglia for you to help share your wonderful pics to ADN.  photo-app allows you to upload your photos and then schedule them to be shared on your ADN profile. This is a great tool for those who want to share a large number of photos without overloading your friends’ feeds with a bunch of posts all at once. Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 5.32.50 PM

Each post to ADN will include a link to your other photos posted via the app so it gives you a chance to create a gallery of your photos so others can see all your glorious images.

You are able to upload a bunch of photos to photo-app and then individually edit each photo’s post date, choose a posting frequency or just let the app randomly choose which photo to post.

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The app lets you customize the post text that goes along with your posts and gives you the option to include the #photoapp hashtag to let your followers know what app you’re using. The @photoapp account will also automatically repost your photos shared through the app to give your photos a little extra attention.

photo-app has some other great features like the ‘Best‘ view which shows you the most popular photos shared through the app and the ‘Leaderboard‘ view which shows you who has posted the most photos via photo-app. You can also view the ‘Latest‘ (most recent) photos shared.

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We at App.net love photos and we embrace all the progress being made to improve the photo sharing experience on ADN. Keep it up!

App.net 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 App.net integration they built into their photo-sharing app Pixter. You can now login with Passport and share photos to your App.net stream.

@duerig, who makes Patter, showed off a web app called Nostalgia which is a tool that displays old App.net 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 App.net 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 App.net into an enterprise app that he develops called, Huddle. His users can now tie a private conversation on App.net to a business process on Huddle.

@tilgovi created a way to use App.net 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 App.net.

@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 webscript.io). 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


Photo highlights from @hand_picd

We’re back with another roundup of beautiful photos to share with you all.  These photos were all featured on the @hand_picd ADN account over the last week or so but we thought that they deserved further highlighting.

If you want to inject a little beauty into your ADN feed follow @hand_picd and we got you covered.

If you’re a taker of photos and want us to see your pics post them with a #hand_picd hashtag and we’ll be sure to consider them.


This Week’s RecApp

It’s time again for another recApp of new apps to hit the App.net Directory.  There is a universal iOS client, a PubSubHubbub implementation, a cross-platform sharing app and the first game available in the directory!


CWA’s PubSubHubbub for ADNfor the web CustomWebApps’ implementation of PubSubHubbub support for App.net RSS feeds.  Created by @ryantharp



Goldfinch - for iPhone & iPadGoldfinch helps you keep up with the best news, photos and videos shared by your friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook and App.net. Features include: Trending Today, Best of Yesterday, Easy Sharing, Save for Later and more.  Created by @rgcottrell


AdnMemory for the web - Have you got a good memory? The challenge: 40 cards made of 20 random App.net user profile images, be the fastest to turn over couples of matching cards.  Created by @flamingow


Ostfor the web - Ost connects to your services and puts them into spaces where you control what you see and share.  We are working to build a tool for streams of data that encourages creativity and productivity. Created by @useost


Twitterfeedtwitterfeed for the web Twitterfeed now allows you to feed your content (for example, blog posts or any other content that supports RSS feeds) to App.net, in addition to other social platforms. It enables publishers to bring content to a wider audience and track the performance through real-time stats.   Created by @mario & @twitterfeed


That’s it for this week’s recApp.  There are over 85 apps of all kinds in the App.net Directory and more get added every week.  Find the app that works for you!


Note:  The app descriptions in this post were provided by the developers; edited slightly for length and formatting.

This Week’s RecApp

Hello everyone, it’s time for another RecApp.  There are a few new mobile clients but we’re also starting to see some diversion into new areas of app development.  There is an app to share what music you’re listening to, apps to share photos on App.net, a way to get a peek into the API without having a Developer account and more. Enjoy!


Muud.io - for iPhoneMuud.io automatically builds playlists to suit any mood, at the touch of a button.  Simply pick a mood, and Muud.io will build a playlist for you, using the music that you love.  App.net integration enables publishing of songs and playlists to your stream.  Created by @vinnycoyne


hAppy - for iPhonehAppy is another App.net client designed to be fast, easy to use, highly accessible and nice to look at. It supports the core features of App.net like unified stream, nice profile page, follow, mute, hashtag/user search, post/repost, star and conversations.  Created by @dasdom


Twiggy - for iPhoneTwiggy is a simple to use, clean and beautiful mobile client for App.net.  Created by @tapmates



Project Llama - for the webUser-based tagging and categorization project. Users can use this app to suggest new tags and endorse others’ suggestions.  Created by @ryantharp



Mobypicture Desktop App(s) - for Mac, Windows and Linux - Mobypicture allows you to post photos, video and audio directly from the Mobypicture desktop apps to your App.net account.  Also available as a web app.  Created by @mathys


App.net API Console - for the webThis website gives you the developer an easy interface to the App.net API. Connect using your AppNet account (you don’t need a developer account). After connecting you can use the console to try API queries and see the result in both JSON and rendered views.  Created by @ludolphus


SupportApp - for the webEasy integrated feedback for ADN client developers – just add a dialog that posts a reply with an annotation. Receive feedback in your Mentions stream, reply from your usual App.net client to comment. Easily see which suggestions are the most popular (votes = reposts). Created by @myfreeweb



We will continue to keep you all updated on new apps but you can always browse the App.net Directory yourself to see the bounty of tools built by the App.net community.

Note: The app descriptions are provided by the developers; edited slightly for length and format.

Weekly RecApp

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we’ll all be in some phase of a food coma over the coming weekend so we’d better get our weekly recApp out before the tryptophan sets in.  This week brings you a little bit of everything to feast on; a cornucopia of choices, if you will.  Ok, enough Thanksgiving cliches.



Nettelator - for iPhone - Nettelator is a best-of-breed App.Net client that has been obsessively crafted from the ground up for the iPhone.  Features include: Timeline (feed) photos & photo galleries, add photos & location to a post, website previews, global search and more.  Created by @twittelator


Molome -  for Android - MOLOME™ is a cross-platform photo sharing social network for (Android) smartphone users worldwide. It is free and it will always be free for everyone to use.  Created by @hlpth





img.ly - for the Web - img.ly is a social photo sharing community. You can login with your App.net account and share your photos right away.  Created by @sippndipp



Flamingow - for the Web -  Flamingow is a web application that helps any social media user to engage their network of friends more effectively, by organizing and enriching their conversations online. Created by @flamingow



Treefor the Web- Tree is a vizualization tool for App.net. It provides a way to compare multiple users with their followers and get a cool graphic of it.  Created by @rp





Briofor Linux - Brio – CLI power tools for appdotnet.  Interact with appdotnet from your command line! Mac, Linux.  Created by @tanja



Texapp -  for Linux - Command-line interface for Texapp in pure Perl – runs and tested on Linux, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Cygwin* and most places Perl runs. Interactive client mode for chatting, or use it as a posting tool and scriptable “Swiss army knife” from your shell. Based on TTYtter.  Created by @doctorlinguist



For those of you in (or from) the U.S., have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  For everyone else, Happy Thursday!

Note: The app descriptions above are provided by the developers; edited slightly for formatting reasons.


@Dalton on CMD+SPACE Podcast

On Wednesday, @Dalton was a guest on @imyke‘s podcast CMD+SPACE, and he talked about all sorts of aspects of App.net.

Some of the topics covered were:

  • App.net back story
  • The fundraising campaign
  • Goals for 3rd party client usage
  • App marketshare
  • Price dropping
  • Why the name “App.net” makes sense
  • What success means for App.net

The conversation is nearly an hour-long and lays out nicely where App.net is going in the near and long term.  You can listen to the entire podcast here.




Hackathon Recap


This past weekend was the first App.net Hackathon, hosted by our friends at Storify, and it was a great time. Calling it a Hackathon is perhaps a misnomer, as the weekend was less about competition and more about collaboration, connection, brainstorming, and just building interesting apps on the platform.

All in all there were some 40 attendees (plus dozens of out-of-towners tuning in remotely via ustream and Patter) with varying levels of familiarity with App.net and our API. Amidst the bbq, pizza, and Chinese food, some amazing work was done.


Here’s a recap of what was presented, but you can see a stream of all the presentations here:



Vidcast - @q, @ryantharp and @duerig built a music video deejaying service called Vidcast based off @jdscolam’s #MondayNightDanceParty. The tool lets App.net members post Youtube links which a DJ can then assemble into a show. @duerig collaborated with the team remotely in a chatroom running in Patter, an app he previously built to support realtime chat over App.net.

Pidgeonhole - @ketan and @andrewschmidt refined Pigeonhole, an app that tags starred posts, so when you view your these posts later, they’re organized. As @andrewschmidt explained, he uses starring as a way to archive posts, and this app helps you divided them up, say, by videos, links, music, and more.

apparchy @stevestreza channeled the classic hacker mentality to create apparchy, a service which lets users of Twitter for iPhone and iPad view and post messages as well as follow/unfollow users through App.net.



Explore on Rivr@tonymillion added an Explore feature to Rivr, his iPhone client for App.net, which visualizes on a map where people are posting from using the geolocation annotation.

ADN Follow Button@abraham created a simple way to add an App.net follow button to your web page with a single line of code.

ADN Blogs@jazzychad built ADN Blogs which turns App.net posts into full length blog posts. The app stores text with markdown formatting using annotations and then renders the text to display on a web site. Publishing a blog post will automatically post the headline to App.net so members know there’s something new.



Buffer photo uploads @tommoor added photo uploading and viewing support to Buffer using annotations.

Appy@a_band and @jb demoed the very early designs of a new App.net iOS client – tentatively called Appy – which displays conversations similar to iChat.


We also had a couple developers hacking remotely:




#@@davidkrauser created #@, a widget for quickly posting your current location to App.net.

Podglass@appeio built Podglass, an HTML5 podcast player with App.net discussion threads.


Thanks to all who came out or tuned in (if we missed your project, apologies, let us know and we’ll add you to the post). For those who could make it, please send @ben feedback on what worked and what could have been better. And follow these developers for updates on their projects. Here’s our full set of pictures:

(Photos at the top of the page: @andrewschmidt and @tonymillion / Heads down, serious faces / @berg and @dalton / Yari D’Areglia, @jumpzero and @xd from Storify)

Bottom gallery photos (Top row left to right: @orian and @mthurman / @q / @jazzychad / @teawithcarl / @abraham and @q)

(Bottom row left to right: @ketan and @andrewschmidt / Team ADN @berg, @andrew, @mthurman, @dalton, @mintz / @jdavid, @abraham and @tommoor /  Heads down, serious faces / @ryantharp)