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mention is an up and coming social network and microblogging service that’s proving to be a worthy competitor to Twitter, with features such as being completely ad-free and an increased character count (256 characters compared to Twitter’s 140). Instead of generating revenue via ads, users pay a small subscription charge to use the service. user numbers have increased dramatically over the last few weeks ever since it launched a free tier service, allowing these paid subscribers to send out invitations for others to join the service with limited accounts, free of charge. Essentially, became a freemium service.

Although the network is still fairly new, there has been active development of clients for the Mac and in this roundup we look at five of the best apps currently available. And if you’re not on yet, keep reading for a shot at some free accounts we have to giveaway! (more…)