Pownce - What Is It All About? Is It Better Than Twitter?

26 July, 2007

Beta, Start-Ups, Web 2.0

Pownce (pounce) - You might have heard or read about it. It’s all over the internet, not as in Joost-all-over-the-internet, but pretty close.

This is what they say about themselves:

Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends. What kind of stuff? You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more. You can do it all on our web site, or install our lightweight desktop software that lets you get out of the browser.

So what’s all the commotion about?

  • Kevin Rose, the founder of digg, is a part of it
  • Can be compared to Twitter, some even call it “Twitter on steoroids”
  • TechCrunch, Newsweek, Wired and other news media are covering it
  • Its by invitation only and invitations can be bought on eBay
  • Its Web 2.0, thus making it hip, hyped and hot

There are only a few obvious differences between Pownce and Twitter. With Pownce you can send files (10 Mb) and forward messages to your friends. Sounds a bit like gMail to me. Pownce has a desktop application, plenty of Twitter applications are available too, perhaps one of them would be so kind to create a Pownce application too, now that the Pownce API is going public. You can update Twitter from your mobile or instant messaging, with Pownce you can send group messages and events.

Unfortunately Twitter isn’t always as stable as you would like, I’ve only experienced downtime on Pownce once and a few error pages, but thats what you expect from a startup.

I think at some point you have to chose between Powence and Twitter… are you a twit or a powncer? Its just a matter of time before both sites can do the same.

Oh and did I mention that I have 11 Pownce invites to give away? The first eleven to drop a comment asking for one…gets one.

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