You may or may not have heard of Pownce, Kevin Rose’s web start-up which makes it easy to share links, photos, videos, or files with friends. Before you say “Ugh, not another chat/twitter/messaging app” let me tell you why Pownce fills a previously open gap, and why it will be useful to you.
Lets imagine you want to send a link to a music video to your friend. You would use IM, but he is offline. You don’t want to send it over email, because nobody likes getting tons of random links stuffing their inbox. So what do you do? If you want the whole world to see it, you could post it on his facebook wall. If not, use Pownce.
Pownce is a great way to share links, files and notes with your friends because it eliminates the constraint of being online at the time, and does not clutter up their inbox with small messages. Imagine if every time someone wanted to send you a link, they emailed you. Your inbox would be full of these links, and you wouldn’t be able to give priority to important messages. Pownce allows you to drop a message to any number of friends, or even the public.
When Twitter came out, I saw a huge buzz from everyone about how useful it was, and how important it is to tell the world what you are doing every single moment. I disagreed the whole time, and to this day still do not use Twitter. However when Pownce came out, I saw a gap being filled, and a unique method of sharing stuff with your friends emerge. Pownce even has a cool little Adobe AIR app that you can use on your desktop.
By the way, I have 5 extra Pownce invites that I won’t need. If you want one, just drop a comment below.