Pownce: Initial Thoughts and Invites to Give

I finally got a Pownce invitation tonight (thanks Miles!).  Installation of both Abobe’s AIR (a requirement to run the Pownce software) and the Pownce software itself was quick and easy.

pownce Here’s my Pownce page.  My user name is Kent N.  If you’re one of my blogging pals, add me as a Friend and we’ll put Pownce through its paces.

So far, it looks like it combines a web-based, Twitter-like conversation page with an IM-like application (pictured to the left) that allows you to send and receive messages, links, files and events.  The first three are self-explanatory.  Events are messages with associated dates- good for letting people know about, well, events.  You can send any of the foregoing to the public, all of your Friends (the Web 2.0 word for contacts), or just a specified Friend.  You can group your Friends into sets, which seems very handy for project collaboration, etc.

You can send files of up to 10MB.  For $20 a year (Paypal accepted), you can send 100MB files and have an ad-free experience (though so far I haven’t seen any ads).

I sent my Friends an MP3 of my blues song Departing Passenger.  Lucky player3231 fellows.  The file uploaded reasonably fast and, presto, it was there on my Pownce page.  There is a player application that loads a tad slow, but sounds good.  The navigation below the player is a little jumbled, probably because of my monitor size and resolution.  A lot of pages have this problem, including both Morningstar and CNN, which is surprising to me.

Finding friends is similar to Facebook.  You search for them and then send a Friend request.  The recipient can accept or decline.  If the recipient declines, you become merely a Fan of that person.  I’m going to apply my Pink Floyd Policy to Pownce, which means that I shall be merely a fan to no man (or woman).

Of all the times I have experimented with all the various IM and IM-like programs, right now and Pownce seem the most compelling to me.  Twitter brought a lot of folks into the collaborative IM space and Pownce may just be the next evolutionary step.  Stan Schroeder says Pownce may, in fact, be the Twitter killer (at least it isn’t Quixotically aiming at YouTube like everybody else).  I think there’s room for both, though Twitter is clearly behind in the feature race.  It’s too early to tell how well Pownce will scale, though it did have a short outage earlier tonight.

If Pownce wants to seep deeply into the IM space, it will need to address the same incompatibility problems the other IM applications face.  As I have said before, IM needs to be like the telephone.  Not like a series of tin cans tied to a proprietary string.

Now what I need is some Friends to use it with.

I have a few Pownce invitations to hand out.  I’ll send them to the first 5 people who leave a comment asking for one, on the condition that everyone who gets one agrees to return to the comment thread here and send invitations to others in the queue.  I am particularly interested in getting my core blogging buddies signed up.

You know who you are, so let’s get started.

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0 responses to “Pownce: Initial Thoughts and Invites to Give

  1. Hi,Interesting post on Pownce.com. I’m interested in an invitation and will return the favor to others that post. I can be reached at kevintsurutome at yahoo.com

  2. Yeah, let’s do it Kent. Incidentally, what res and screen size are you running to have problems anyway?I’m not real keen on all this kind of stuff, but Pownce is a little interesting. I don’t Twitter as much as I used to, but I do like it.

  3. Hey, what’s one more social network URL to remember?I’ll take an invite and let you send me your music.

  4. I’d love an invite if you still have one: manamex at gmail . com, thanks Piotr

  5. Love to have an invite, Kent, if they are still available.

  6. Pownce is very impressive. If you still have invitations, please send me one.My email is: tsingzero at gmail.com

  7. I’m still up in the air about what I think about Pownce. I’ve started a list of people that are reviewing it, I added you!http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2007/06/30/keeping-track-of-the-pownce-reviews/

  8. I sent one to everyone through Warner. Invitees please invite those left in the queue.

  9. tsing you are invited..

  10. if you still got any invites left, i’d love to have one and check it out!beatbyter@gmail.comthanks!

  11. David you are invited…

  12. why are you comparing pownce to IM when it is not even Instant!It should be compared with email, and the benefits of pownce over email is pretty limited.

  13. I consider Twitter and Pownce “IM-like” because for me they serve the same purpose. They allow me to communicate and share files and information with selected people in little application.I have never been much of an IM user or a chat room participant (both of which are, granted, more immediate), so for my purposes, IM and Pownce are fairly similar.

  14. I would appreciate an invite too if anyone still has one.Thanks,Chriscssongailo[at]hotmail[dot]com