Pownce launched on june 26th into Alpha testing. So after barely one week of existence it is a little short to draw conclusions. Too early to tell if Pownce will be the next killer app or will be doomed before it leaves alpha or beta testing.
In my twittergroup it kinda hyped and everyone was screaming for invites. Why? I think two reasons:
- One of the makers of Pownce is KevinRose (from Digg) and
- Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) is on it as well.
- You can reply to messages (and rate them)
- You can send files and plan events
- You can divide your friends in various subsets (see last pic)
- Not every setting works when changed in IE, works fine in Firefox though ;)
- My current templates works with alphachannels and transparency. Doesn't work in IE6, so the background of white text becoms white, ergo non readable.
- After the sudden onrush of new twitter-seasoned folks it seems as if Pownce is experiencing some problems with scalability.
- There's no support for mobile messaging
Finally there's some points that the lot of them (Pownce, Jaiku and Twitter) could take notice of: In this day and age of social networks and metaverses we all know eachother by different names, our real name, our social name, our metaverse name and what have you got. An extensive addressbook would come in handy.
Anyway, here's a few other blogposts
- Tao Takashi: Introducing pownce, the new twitter
- Leah Culver: Pownce
- Eric Rice: Twitter gets pwnced, Jaiku readies torpedoes
- Robert Scoble: Another twitter competitor
Worth mentioning is Tao Takashi's notes on the lack of mobile support and RSS:
"What Pownce is missing is the mobile side of things. You cannot yet send or receive posts via SMS and additionally only one RSS feed is there right now which is the feed of your and your friend’s posts but not the one of the main timeline. Moreover an API seems to be there as they created an external application using AIR themselves and somebody made a Facebook application but it’s not open or documented it seems."