Well, I’ve been looking at the recent trend of products such as Twitter and Jaiku and wondering if there is really a good reason to bother. Enter Pownce. Pownce is another one of these ‘what am I doing now’ apps, but I kind of like it so far.
First, you can use their website or a client built on Adobe AIR. Because of that, it’s cross-platform on Mac and Windows (Linux coming soon.) Secondly, it is created by a company that includes Kevin Rose. If you don’t know Kevin, he’s the main guy behind Digg, and was on TechTV and G4 for quite awhile. He’s generally pretty spot on on technology, so if he’s working on something, I take notice.
Now what Pownce does is it allows you to send messages, links, events and files to your friends. They can be private or public, and you can group your friends into different groups. So, I could have a Lotus User group, a Fantasy Football group and a Family group. I could then send messages, or links, or files to everyone in a particular group. Messages can be almost like a mini-blogging concept when a whole post is not needed. Or even a way to let people know where you are.
It’s an interesting concept, but you really need to get a base of the same friends all using it all the time to make it work I think. Right now Pownce is invite only, but I have five invites available. If you want one, leave me a comment with the email to send it to. We’ll see if this thing can really take off.