Netbot, which is to App.net as Tweetbot is to Twitter, has just received a new update.

But that’s not the real news here. After all, the update brings nothing more than support for private messages. Besides, Felix was the first App.net client for iOS that added private messaging, which was introduced to the premium social network itself in December last year.

Rather, the real news here is that, right after receiving said update, Netbot has gone absolutely free.

Yes, from its regular price of $4.99 for either of its iPhone and iPad editions, Netbot is now available to download without charge.

In a post to its official App.net account, Netbot developer Tapbots says that it decided to make Netbot free in a bid to “spur adoption of App.net.”

Netbot developer Tapbots on App.net

Note, though, that the free offer is valid “for an unspecified period of time.”

So, if you’re an App.net subscriber, make sure to get Netbot for iPhone and Netbot for iPad now, before the free offer expires.

Released in early October last year, Netbots was reviewed quite favorably here on AppAdvice, if only for its similarity to the acclaimed Tweetbot.

It was also included in AppAdvice’s App Showdown for App.net iPhone apps, along with Felix and Rivr.