Well, the latest movement afoot in my neck of the woods is trying out Pownce, yet another social platform. Thanks to Cole Camplese, a handful of Twitterites have moved over and are, like myself, straddling the two systems. There have been several tweets by others who have (one guesses) previously tried Pownce, but I’m not sure you can really decide unless you give it that old college try. Being who I am, I also include the ability to go mobile with the platform, as I am always on my BlackBerry (mom’s CrackBerry, as my kids affectionately call it) and I think that has become an integral part of the social experience. So here are the little things on usability that I’ve noticed.
- On a mac at work, I have interacted in Twitter almost exclusively in Twitteriffic, a great little app with a small footprint that sits on my desktop and keeps me in the loop. I love it because it’s small, but there. I can ignore it, I can follow it, I can go off to a meeting, come back and catch up quickly. Better still, being a keystrokes grrl, I love being able to reply or direct message with simple keystrokes so I can basically get straight to my own tweet. The only downside I experience is that occasionally I miss some tweets, and not sure I know why. Usability: A-
- Pownce has a nice looking interface, and I really like the threaded discussions. At first glance, it looks slicker than Twitter. More sophisticated. But does this really mean it’s better? I have to actually go to a webpage and, sad to say, I don’t do that often enough. This might be a trainable point, but do I really want to be trained? Usability: B
And then, of course, there are my random observations.
find I have become dependent on the auto character count that Twitter
provides. Even any twitter app provides you with that quick “where you
stand” within the 140 character limit. My text messages count to 160,
so I automatically subtract the extra 20 characters. Interesting.
while I am on Pownce, I find myself mentally hesitating about message
length so my cross-referenced messages don’t get cut off in Twitter.
Life’s too short to hesitate.
- Hellotxt is an interesting 1
stop shop to post messages across multiple platforms–twitter, pownce,
facebook. However, I don’t get my community feedback, and that bothers
- Mobile HelloTxt is also a new exploration; I have to use my
web access, not my text messaging. Not sure how I feel about that.
Also, I still feel a bit odd because there is no character count
- Do we need the filesharing and event options of
Pownce? Again, I’m not too sure–and I don’t have that need when I’m
mobile, and heaven knows that keeping one calendar is a struggle;
keeping more than one (because I don’t sync to the CrackBerry, RIM and
Oracle play the proprietary standoff game) is more than I need to deal
with. I just view Oracle from the web if I need to see my schedule.
there you have it. My initial thoughts. That and a five spot will get
you a cup of coffee (even two at Dunkin’ Donuts if you’re an addict!).