What’s Pownce?

July 13, 2007 by  

Three popular social/micro blogging apps are: Twitter, Jaiku and newly launched Pownce – all addictive platforms for sharing presence:
– what I’m doing
– observations
– links to useful resources

Twitter is simple to post and view messages via Web browser, SMS, IM, client app, widget.

Jaiku expands on the idea and allows you to aggregate RSS feeds and create channels.

Pownce allows you to create groups of friends and push a variety of media to select users depending on the relationship. Imaging sharing audio files privately with select people you know will appreciate it. Pownce definitely takes the best ideas of the existing applications and builds upon them.

Personally, I find it easiest to use Twitter and find people I want to follow or interact with. Jaiku and Pownce are more restrictive in that sense. Pownce (in beta) raised the bar in service offerings.

Will I switch? It’s to early to say. Pownce needs to come out of beta and demonstrate what type of mobile capability they’ll have. I love Jaiku, but Twitter is so darn easy to use. Plus there’s the dilemma of abandoning the current platforms after time spent building relationships there. We need to see what Twitter and Jaiku will do to upgrade and compete.”

Related articles:

Promote your personal brand with Twitter, Tumblr and Jaiku

Resources for your habit

Leo Laporte does a great explanation on the [email protected] podcast episode 27. (Starts at 24 minutes in)


2 Responses to “What’s Pownce?”
  1. Dan Schawbel says:

    The problem with all of these sites is that they have similar functions with different names. You need to stick with the most used sites that handle communities than diversify. The reason for this is because the more you spread yourself out, the more upkeep time per site.

  2. Roland says:

    It’s very similar to instant messaging. Early on there were all these platforms (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) that mostly closed until third-parties came along and created aggregator applications (i.e. Trillian) or opened up their specs to allow networks to bridge.

    Thanks for writing Dan.