I have been a fan of the Web application Pownce ever since it was launched in private beta mid-2007 by the trio of Kevin Rose, Daniel Burka, and Leah Culver. I was especially pumped when last night Pownce moved out of private beta and opened to the world.
But… I worry that the app has been doomed from the start because of bad timing.
When Pownce was launched in mid 2007, it was described as a “way to send stuff to your friends.” I later heard it described as a light weight e-mail or messaging service. It’s for when my friends want to send me a cool Web site, image, file, YouTube video, invite me for coffee later, or ask me for quick feedback about something. Makes sense to me. I’m always sending that kind of stuff around.
Unfortunate for Pownce, when it launched, Twitter was just starting to pick up and get a lot of buzz. Instead of getting judged for what it is/was, Pownce has been judged as a replacement for Twitter… that it has to be one or the other… not both.
You hear a lot of people say… “only if you could send messages to Pownce via SMS, like Twitter”. Maybe if the timing were different more folks with use Pownce and see it for what it is.
Pownce is for communicating messages. Twitter is for communicating my status.
And… to add insult to injury Twitter is beating Pownce around the school yard. I hope that enough people use it now that its open and it will begin to get an upswing of users.
So… what do you think of Pownce and Twitter?