Pownce is the web app/site made by Megatechtronium that is a small company with four people – Leah Culver, Daniel Burka, Kevin Rose, and Shawn Allen. The best known in that list is Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com, and Daniel Burka, lead designer for Digg. What is Pownce? The best way to say it is Twitter on steroids. A mashup of a instant messenger program, a microblog and a file sharing app.
What do I get?
There are two ways you can use Pownce and that is with there desktop software that runs on Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) or the web site. When you signup you get your own page where you can see all the messages/links/files you have sent or your friends have sent to you. How it works is you pick if you want to send a message, a link, a file, or a event. After you pick what you are sending you get to pick who your going to send it to. You can choose your friends, the public, one friend, or any groups that you have made. After you have made your post people can then comment on it. If you add a friend after you have made a post but want your new friend to know about it you can forward it to them or if you wish to just delete any of your post you can do that to.
There are two types of accounts you can have. A normal one that everyone has when they sign up. With that the limit on file size that you can send is 10mb per file. The other is a Pro account for $20 a year where the ads are eliminated and the size of files you can send is pushed up to 100mb per file. So as you can see there isn’t much you can’t do with Pownce.
Not everything is great
If you go to the about page you will read the following.
Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends. What kind of stuff? You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more. You can do it all on our web site, or install our lightweight desktop software that lets you get out of the browser.
One problem that I have found with there desktop software and it “letting you get out of the browser” is that you can see if there is a reply to your post but you can’t read them. You have to go back to the site to do that. In fact if you want to reply to a post or get a file someone has uploaded you have to go back to your browser. Some other things that I hope are fixed are not being able to minimize the program to the system tray. Also I can’t seem to send files using the program. I have reinstalled it a few times but when I click on the file I want to send nothing shows up in the browser box. Overall the problems are small and as you can see in the image above the program is still in alpha.
Who is this for?
The people that will get the most out of Pownce are any group of people that are working on something that are not close to one another. The best example that I can think of is a group of people making a mod for a game. With Pownce you can share ideas and keep them in a organized manner (try doing that with Twitter). You could share all the files you want without having to host them yourself and if you all need to get together on Skype or IRC just send a event post. So if you want to do more then just send text messages over the web then then Pownce might be your thing.
For people that are showing there Twitter post on there site, and there are a lot of them, you can use the Pownce for WordPressplugin by Ronald Heft. Just go to the top of this page to see it in action.
If you have gotten this far and would like to try Pownce I have 6 invites left. Just leave your email address or if you want to be safe a link to where I can get your email address below.