I think Pownce, the micro-blogging service where you make friends and stuff, is a nice product. I’ve used it for quite some time, and even paid for a pro account. When I did it, it was more as a show of support than anything else, uploading big files – as was the only quirk back then – isn’t something I do very often.
The service is going public and open for all on January 22nd.
I think Pownce will do just fine. It doesn’t compete with Twitter or Jaiku, it’s more like a Tumblr, but less bloggy, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, then ask me for an invite, or anyone else, they’re aplenty.
That’s a fun thing by the way. Everyone seems to be having Pownce invites lying around. Going public might give a small influx of new users, but I’d reckon Pownce & Co. would have to market it a bit to really get it to grow.
And Pownce has to grow if it’s going to make it. There are already complains of being a bit slow at times, and I’m talking updates from your Pownce friends here, not load times. A social network has to be interesting to everyone, including people who want to be able to spend their whole day there.
So why pick Pownce over Tumblr?
I think that will be a key question, and what will make or break it for Pownce. They’re not doing exactly the same thing, but I still think they’re in competition given the type of content both are ideal for.
Which will you be going with, if any?
Author: Thord Daniel Hedengren
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.