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Pownce logo and screenshot
URL http://www.pownce.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Micro-blogging
Registration Required
Available language(s) English
Owner Megatechtronium, Inc.
Created by Leah Culver, Daniel Burka, Kevin Rose[1]
Launched June 27, 2007
Revenue Paid (pro) option and advertising
Current status Closed

Pownce was a free social networking and micro-blogging site started by Internet entrepreneurs Kevin Rose, Leah Culver, and Daniel Burka.[2] Pownce was centered around sharing messages, files, events, and links with already-established friends. The site launched on June 27, 2007, and was opened to the public on January 22, 2008.

On December 1, 2008, Pownce announced that it had been acquired by blogging company Six Apart. The service was shut down on December 15, 2008.[3][4]


[edit] History

Its launch, on June 27, 2007, was covered by outlets like Wired,[5] Business Week,[6] Webware,[7][8] and the San Francisco Chronicle,[9] with most of the coverage focusing on Rose, known for his involvement in Digg, Revision3 and TechTV. Due to this media exposure, invitations for Pownce were in high demand and were being sold on sites such as eBay.[6]

On October 30, 2007, Pownce launched their public API.[10] The developers have also created a Pownce API Google Group . Originally, it was primarily for discussing the release of the API, but it later served to gather feedback and help developers.

On November 12, 2007 Pownce launched a custom theme editor for Pro users.[11] They also added eight more preset themes for non pro users to use.

On December 20, 2007 Pownce launched a mobile version of their service.[12] This version could be accessed from a variety of mobile devices at m.pownce.com.

On December 1st, 2008, Pownce announced they were shutting down.[13]

On December 15th, 2008, Pownce was taken offline.[14]

[edit] Comparisons with similar websites

Pownce was compared favorably to other websites with similar functionality like Twitter, and was called a "Twitter on steroids".[7] It was also recommended for use over Twitter in a work setting because of its enhanced discussion-tracking capabilities.[8]

[edit] Technology

Pownce was built on a variation of the LAMP stack: Debian GNU/Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python. The web application was made with Django, an open source web application framework, written in Python. File storage was supported by Amazon S3. The desktop application was written in Flex for Adobe's AIR platform. The icons used throughout the site were taken from the open source FamFamFam Silk and ISO series icon packs.

[edit] See also

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ "Pownce Company Profile". CrunchBase. http://www.crunchbase.com/company/pownce. Retrieved on 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Pownce Company Profile". CrunchBase. http://www.crunchbase.com/company/pownce. Retrieved on 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ Six Apart acquires and shuts down Pownce
  4. ^ Pownce Acquired by Six Apart at Six Apart
  5. ^ Strangle, Adario (2007-06-28). "Pseudo Launches: Kevin Rose Announces Pownce Private Beta". Wired. CondéNet, Inc. http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/06/pseudo-launches.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-15. 
  6. ^ a b Ricadela, Aaron (2007-07-10). "Investors Digg Kevin Rose". BusinessWeek online. The McGraw-Hill Companies. http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jul2007/tc2007079_099992.htm?. Retrieved on 2007-07-15. 
  7. ^ a b Butler, Peter (July 13, 2007). "Pownce invites and the rise of Adobe AIR". Webware. http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9743653-2.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-15. "Pownce--cofounded by Digg frontman Kevin Rose--is essentially a "microblogging" tool, or Twitter on steroids." 
  8. ^ a b Rafe Needleman (July 5, 2007). "How to choose between Twitter and Pownce". Webware. http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9739958-2.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-15. "if you're starting from zero, give Pownce a serious look, especially if you're thinking of using it in a work setting" 
  9. ^ West, Jackson (2007-06-28). "Future Fresser: Social Network Fatigue". SFGate. Hearst Communications. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=3&entry_id=18074. Retrieved on 2007-07-15. 
  10. ^ "Pownce Public API". Pownce Blog. http://blog.pownce.com/2007/10/30/pownce-public-api/. Retrieved on 2007-10-30. 
  11. ^ "New Themes and Custom Themes!". Pownce Blog. http://blog.pownce.com/2007/11/12/new-and-custom-themes/. Retrieved on 2007-11-12. 
  12. ^ "Pownce Mobile! (beta)". Pownce Blog. http://blog.pownce.com/2007/12/20/pownce-mobile-beta/. Retrieved on 2007-12-20. 
  13. ^ http://www.sixapart.com/pownce/
  14. ^ http://www.crn.com/software/212201417

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