Twitter vs Pownce | Four20: "I have been using both Twitter and Pownce for a couple of months now. Most of the time I looked at both Twitter and Pownce as the same service. Yes Pownce was slower than Twitter and yes Twitter has more outages than Pownce. The more I use it the more I begin to understand the community that uses the service. This is what makes the two services different," writes Doug.
Helge: I try to think that Pownce is different and I'd like to use it in a different way. I'm a frequent Twitter user but tend to forget what Pownce might be good for. I've not yet found my Pownce voice. Outages? I didn't notice that while I use it less than Doug, I guess.
"Being a Digg user I learned about Pownce before Twitter, so I got a Pownce account first. Only having 2-5 friends on Pownce didn’t keep me interested enough to keep using the service. Then a couple of months ago I went through and began adding friends of friends. I looked at it like ‘if they’re friends of my friends, they might share some similar interests’. The outcome was great. I was meeting more and more people and I learned that these websites were basically social networks. Until then I hadn’t really looked at it in that way," Doug continues.
Helge: I've a Digg account but never really started using it. Twitter did come first, then Jaiku and Facebook, and Ning is also a part of my social media toolbox. Pownce is the last one. Still figuring out what I want to communicate through Pownce.
I began to see the potential of Pownce as a source of content. People post links to articles, pictures, and media that they are reading/watching that they liked. Using threaded comments was a cool feature too(since twitter didn’t do this). It is nice to put something up there and have one place for everyone to comment/respond.
Helge: "As a source of content..." I think the microblogs are rapid news sources. I'm connected to thousands of people around the globe through various Social Media sites. How much do I know about the individuals writing, posting, twittering, jaikuing, facbooking and Powncing? For me writing "traditional blog posts" about them brings the people closer. I learn things through writing. Hopefully people learn things about me through my blogs and microblogs.
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Bio about Doug
My name is Doug, but you may know me as Four20. I am a geek and a stoner that works at a pizza joint. When I’m not at work(or sleeping) I’m on the internet. . .monitoring RSS feeds. . .digging stories. . .and watching/listening to podcasts.
I first learned how to build a computer within the first month of high school. For the next four years I cleaned up viruses on the machines, upgraded the hardware and pieced together broken machines to make new ones. It was my sophomore year when I smoked pot for the first time. . .and ever since I have enjoyed learning as much as possible about both.
I have been on the internet since Aol 2.0(3-4 months before 3.0 came out). During the first dot-com days I remember learning how to build and repair computers at school. . .and in my senior year I began learning HTML.
I had a job at a Usenet(newsgroups) company where I did support(and some administration) for almost 3 years. During this time the internet was cracked wide open to me. I learned about this entire culture that I knew very little about before.
Fast forward to today and I am the computer guy at work and with family. . .as well as involved in web publishing.
This website will be a ‘home base’ for everything about me. . .Fou20. I participate in many web 2.0 communities as well as publish content on a few websites of my own. . .and this will be a good place to link to all of my stuff.
If you would like to contact me with a question, comment, tip or anything else. . .please do so. Click here to contact me.