If you've been waiting for your chance to try out the App.net social networking service but haven't been able to score an invitation for a free account yet, The Mac Observer has you covered. We're giving away a bag full of invitatations to our readers and as long as you act fast you can get in on the action.
TMO has some free App.net invites. Grab yours while you can!
All you need to do is head over to our special page at the App.net website and sign up. Your account is free, but App.net also offers US$5 a month and $36 a year subscriptions that remove the cap on the number of people you can follow.
Once you're signed up, you can use App.net much like Twitter, but posts top out at 256 characters instead of 140. Just like Twitter, App.net is far more interesting if you're following a few people and some of the TMO crew are already App.net users:
App.net also has a directory where you can find some popular users and search for people based on names, topics, locations, and hast tags.
We found a couple Mac apps that take a different approach to using App.net's file storage features. Orbit (free) uses a drag-and-drop system to upload and download files, can automatically upload screenshots, offers public and private image options, and supports filtering. Swing (US$7.99) can upload single or multiple files and folders, supports creenshot uploads, auto-creates short URLs for sharing, and supports multiple accounts.
For App.net users that prefer native apps over Web browser interfaces, Kiwi is a popular choice.
TMO's stash of free invites is limited, so be sure to head over to App.net right away to get your account before they're all gone.