Pownce goes public. Does anyone care?

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 23, 2008
Updated • Feb 22, 2014

So, yet another social "whatever" web 2.0 website went public after six months of invite only beta glory. Pownce connects you with friends and other people and you can share files and messages with your contacts. You can use a desktop client using Adobe Air or the website to stay connected.

Users can import friends from other popular sites like Facebook or Twitter which are then added automatically to yet another network. I'm a bit unsure about the difference to Instant Messengers though and can't really find why I should be using Pownce instead.

Anyone got an idea let me know please. I'm a bit tired of all those web two point O websites that do not really add something unique that could justify their existence. I know that I won't be using Pownce and other services like it. If I want to keep in touch with my friends I use an Instant Messenger, Skype or E-Mail. Call me old fashioned.

In case you are interested, everyone may join now.

Update: Pownce does not seem to have taken off as hoped, as it has been taken down less than a year after it went public. The domain is still available but a message has been posted on it that confirms that the service has been taken down.

Pownce was closed down on December 15, 2008. The engineering team and technology are now a part of Six Apart, makers of the best blogging tools around.

We want to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated on Pownce. We all got to meet and know so many wonderful people through Pownce and we'll dearly miss sharing stuff together in the future. Hopefully we can all stay in touch through other means and keep these friendships alive.

Thanks to all of you,
The Pownce Crew


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  1. Ace_NoOne said on January 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I’m not a huge fan of social networks myself (I wouldn’t join Facebook if you paid me… ).
    However, I have become a fan of Twitter’s ambient intimacy – it’s a truly enriching experience!

    As for Pownce … well, I simply can’t be bothered to look into it. From all I know (which is little more than the name), it’s basically Twitter IM – and I already have both of those.
    Feel free to convince me otherwise.

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