Who didn't know Kevin Rose ?, a man behind Digg.com. A news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS and non-hierarchical editorial control. A website that ranked among the top worldwide website. Kevin was featured on the cover of August issue of BusinessWeek covering his success on Digg.com with a title "How this kid made $60 Million in 18 Months ".
Kevin is a sample of a true creative web2.0 entrepreneur, on 27 June 2007, he launch his latest web.20 startup, Pownce. Dubbed as an 'IM competitor', Pownce is another online social networks, but not only focusing on meeting people.
Frankly, I haven't tried it yet, I have signed up for an invitation a day after the site was launched but no invitation yet, but according to Pownce site "Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You'll create a network of the people you know and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast.".
You can access the Pownce stuff not only from Pownce website, but Pownce is also providing a small application that you can use on your computer to access your pownce stuff. The application is utilizing th Adobe AIR technology, a cross-platform runtime system that allows you to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop using your existing development skills. More about [Adobe AIR]. The application currently is only available for PC and Mac, Linux version will be released soon.
Pownce is offering its service for free on basic features with ads on your lists of notes and offering more features such as ads-free, bigger file-size transfer and wider variety of themes for Pro account. To join Pownce you need to got invited by Pownce or people who already signed up previously.
Stan Schroeder of Mashable pointed out that Pownce is yet more promising. Its feature of sending a message, or a file or an event to one person; or five of your colleagues; or only to your family; or to everyone is a feature that current IM is lack of. Pownce allows you to engage in a private conversations, on a group of a friends, a groups of associates or even to all people. And you also can choose when you want to send stuff to any of these groups.Pownce also has themes for making your good looking profile.
Stan was also pointed out that small catch Pownce need to address is a support of various messaging protocol that people currently use such as Miranda/GAIM/Trillian, because without it, it will be much harder for people to become real everyday Pownce users. Yes, Pownce should be not just another IM client or beat Twitter.
Some review of Pownce:
Pownce like twitter but with groups
Pownce vs Twitter