Yes it has a stupid name, yes it has fewer users than twitter/facebook, and yes it's hard to articulate to your non-tech friends why they should spend $36/year on this. But it's becoming a pretty positive place to hang out, and most of the people I care about listening to are there.
In practical terms, this file API means that if you want to post a picture you don't have to use yet another here-today-gone-tomorrow photo sharing service with no revenue model, which I would hope means there's a better chance of your photos sticking around permanently (or at least as permanently as anything ever gets on the web).
Actually, I am a tech person, and I like to support App.net. I have not yet seen a reason to use the service.
> ...it's becoming a pretty positive place to hang out, and most of the people I care about listening to are there.
Ok. This is genuinely the first benefit I have heard about using it. Great. Please elaborate more. (I say this as someone looking for reasons to support App.net.)
I participate a lot less on App.net, but I also find the community quite enjoyable, it looks like twitter circa 2007, mostly with opinionated tech people around.