A closer look at App.net client Blue for BlackBerry 10

By DJ Reyes on 1 Jul 2013 05:09 pm EDT

At the end of May, we announced the release of an app called Blue. A client for the social media site App.net. Today, we take a look at the app in closer detail and see how it does being the first ADN app client for the BlackBerry, let alone BlackBerry 10.

Blue has been updated since its initial release and with the update came a couple of new features. Though, just like ADN itself, the app is still in the early stages. It allows you to basically scroll through your timeline, update your status and interact with other ADN users. Which is really what you'll be doing anyway.

When you first load the app you are presented with your timeline. It always loads with the most recent posts first. You can pull down to refresh too. Icons along the bottom are for your timeline, mentions, global posts and to write a post. Within the menu you get those same options plus a search option and the recently added Interactions page. Much like with Twitter, the Interactions page shows you all those who have recently followed, replied or reposted you. Definitely a welcome addition to the update. For now the search option is just for hashtags, not people.

Using the app is pretty straightforward but unless you check out the help, it may not be clear from the start how you would reply to a post. I didn't read it first but eventually figured it out after I was trying to tap a post and nothing happened. So, for those who may wonder (or who don't watch the video demo), you have to tap and hold a post to bring up further actions. From there you can reply, repost, quote, star or share a post, as well as view the user's profile.

All-in-all, the app runs smoothly. I haven't had any issues with the way it runs whatsoever. The developer is also very open to feedback and suggestions. So far, the known features coming soon are the ability to upload a picture, add your geolocation and search.

If you haven't checked out App.net before. It is a social media site much like Twitter. However, since it is subscription based, there isn't any spam or advertising. You can also write a lot more than 140 characters. At 256 characters, there's certainly enough space to say more. With the ability to see global posts, much like the global posts you see on Google+, you can interact even with people you don't follow.

As mentioned, App.net is a subscription based service. So, while the Blue is free to download, it does require you to have an ADN account. The good news is that we have invites available for you. This allows you to register for a free App.net account, so you can check out what the service has to offer.

You can find some of the team on there too, if you like to give us a follow.

Kevin - @CrackBerryKevin
Adam - @azeis
Bla1ze - @Bla1ze
Michelle - @michellehaag
DJ - @djreyes
Alicia - @scaperfan

Download Blue client for App.net on BlackBerry World
Register for a free App.net account

Reader comments

A closer look at App.net client Blue for BlackBerry 10


Hi DJ. You don't have to pay to use app.net but you are limited in the number of people you follow.

Posted from The Force wielding tap-dancing mouse on secret pantless missions (hiding in Jaydee's backseat) :p

This is good news, a lot of the folks I follow on twitter have moved over and don't tweet as much, no when my Z gets here I'll be able to keep up with them!

How long is this invite good for? Would be nice to know how long of a trial run I have before I decide if I'd like to pay or not.

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Thanks CrackBerry! Have been wanting to join for some time and didn't want to pay a membership fee without trying it first.

app.net is rubbish and after paying to join last year, I soon regretted it. Have since cancelled my auto renew. Out of interest I installed this app and found my battery drained very quickly. When I deleted the app, the battery drain ended.