Let me put this into context. At the time I wrote:
the hype around Pownce seems to have knocked it off the front page a little which I feel is a shame because as a concept and application I think it is far more interesting and useful
So how am I using the two services?
I am struggling to find any useful purpose for this on a day to day basis. It has a lot of potential, but as yet the unreliability of the service, coupled with the somewhat repetitive content means I am finding it difficult to get enthusiastic about it.
Compared to twitter I am finding that less and less ‘friends’ are using it, and when they do it is primarily as a repeat of twitter, just to a (slightly) different audience.
Personally I use Pownce in a very limited way: On Almerimar Life I use it as news bulletin board, both to broadcast new posts and events, and to have a ‘recent’ message on the site. I do exactly the same on this site. I have yet to share a file, broadcast and event or post anything detailed – I just don’t have any need and to be frank it doesn’t seem to add anything that doesn’t already exist. In effect it is a marketing tool and nothing else at the moment as as the ‘friends’ list is to all intent and purpose the same as the twitter list it is probably 80% duplication.
Skitch on the other hand goes from strength to strength. It seems that the overwhelming use is in the design arena where it seems an excellent means of sharing a vision and comments. I have certainly found that I have used it this way pretty much on a weekly basis.
These are all recent examples of projects where Skitch has been used as a integral part, saving time and removing confusion in communicating views, thoughts and suggestions.
What I like particularly is the ease and flexibility that it provides. All in all avery welcome addition to the ‘tool kit’.
Judging by the photos and messages I received from the people that I sent invites to that would appear to be the case with them as well:
Ok, so got to use Skitch in earnest tonight. Have been refreshing the fonts/colours on a clients website and wanted them to see the proposed changes. Fired up skitch – 3 snaps – 1 of the old design, 1 of the proposed – clean for comparison, 1 of the proposed design with annotations and arrows. Total time in skitch – 4mins or so. Results excellent and client impressed with the screenshots. Loving this piece of software. Dunks
I’ve been using Skitch and I love it. It’s been very useful as well. Thanks again for the invite. David
An overwhelming thumbs up for Skitch then and at best a ‘wait and see’ on Pownce.
As ever please let me have your views.