The Twitter-like yet spam-less social network App.net has been around since August last year. But it’s only now that an official App.net iOS app has been released.

The app is called App.net Passport. You may be wondering why it’s not simply called App.net, just as the official iOS app of Twitter is simply called Twitter. Well, that’s because App.net Passport functions in a markedly different way from how Twitter for iOS does.

App.net Passport is actually the official App.net account management app.

If you have an App.net account, you can use App.net Passport to update your profile by uploading a photo and cover image as well as entering a short bio. You can also use the app to find and follow other App.net users (including AppAdvice).

What’s more, with App.net Passport, you can discover and download some great third-party App.net clients (like Netbot, Riposte, and Felix) and App.net-integrated apps (like Pocket and Drafts).

App.net Passport

What’s that? You don’t have an App.net account yet? Not to worry, since you can sign up for App.net right from App.net Passport.

Last February, App.net introduced a freemium tier whereby existing premium users can invite non-users to sign up for the network for free. Now, with App.net Passport, you don’t need to get invited. You can just sign up for a free account by tapping the “Need account?” option in the app’s login screen.

Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5.1 or later, App.net Passport is available now in the App Store for free.

Check out these other App.net-related posts here on AppAdvice: App Showdown: Netbot Vs. Felix Vs. Rivr: A Battle Of The App.net iPhone Apps, Felix For App.net Updated With Color Themes, Multiple Account Support And More, and Thanks To Its New Update, Riposte Now Lets You Access App.net Like A Pro.