Do you hate seeing how your posts perform against other users on most social networks through things such as retweets, likes, upvotes, +1’s? Well stress no more!
Potluck is a simplified social network with the aim of having users share links. The app is available on Web and iOS (Android coming soon) and was built by the team behind Branch, backed by the Twitter founders. It calls itself the “best house party you’ve ever been to — on the Internet,” and is essentially a place for you and your friends to hang out and talk about cool things you find online.
Basically, the Potluck app is attempting to draw out the “lurkers” who just sit back and passively read everyone else’s posts rather than engaging in deep an meaningful 140-character conversations.
The team focused on three main goals when designing Potluck: be your authentic self, push-button publishing and meeting new people without being creepy. With that in mind, they created a simple and easy to learn user interface that is integrated nicely with the Twitter account.
When you first download the Potluck app, it gives you the option to find and add your Twitter followers. There are four simple tabs for “Activity,” ”Notifications,” “Me” and “Post.”
When you find an interesting link, you can simply tap the Post tab, type your title or topic, followed by comments or mentions to friends, and paste the link. The Activity tab shows all the shared, commented and hearted posts from you and your friends. The Notifications tab keeps track of when your friends mention you, heart or comment on your links. The Me page displays your profile photo, friend requests and all your activity.
By providing less emphasis on individual people and placing it on common interests, Potluck wants to be personal and less stressful by not revealing who shared what links! It shows the topic or name of the link and the number of friends who are talking about it. Only friends really interested in the article will tap on the item and will only then be able to see who posted it.
Potlucks preliminary research discovered that 86% of Internet users have never actually published a blog post or tweet, and looked to get that number down by creating the push-button publishing, which allows users to simply paste a link to share it.
They made “publishing” as simple as copy and pasting so only friends with similar interests will be willing to tap on your link.
Another major drawback to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is the mega creepster factor when you want to interact with strangers online. On Potluck, the default view is a feed of all of your friends’ activities, for example links they have posted and ones they’re chatting with their friends about. This allows you to view and talk to new mutual friends and read topics you may not have looked for, without creeping total strangers.
What do you think about this new, easy to use, stress free alternative to social media? Tweet us @plasticmobile and let us know!