13 thoughts on “Up with Downfly”

  1. How is this that different from checking if you your friends also “Dugg” a link you sent them?

    I don’t usually want my friends sending me links. Sure I “Spam” my site to Onlywire, but truthfully I don’t want people spamming me with links. The few times I send a link to someone it is because they requested it or I am certain they were interested in it.

    I think you summed it up “bookmarking services that litter the tech landscape”.

    I don’t want to be Pownced, Twittered, Stumbled and “Buried” in book marks.

    Linked in has it mostly right. If I can’t find what I’m looking for I ask a question on linked in and I can guarantee that I will get 3-5 well thought out quality answers.

    If I want Content links to fill my time I will go out to a site that aggregates stories I would be interested in. That is what Blogs are, or used to be. I could go read Scoble and get links that interested me, a little conversation and then hop over to a different niche site for the other things I wanted.

    I think this was all easier before people tried to make it easier.

  2. I saw this one about a month ago and I couldn’t help but think it was a solution looking for a problem. It’s not exactly hard cutting and pasting a link into an email, and if you were a power link sender, you’d be using a social bookmarking site anyway. Nice tech but I’m not convinced about the idea. Having said that the long tail is long enough to support it I guess 🙂

  3. GIven how many links i email to all the contributors to our various sites, it is something i actually have come to like. i think it starts to make sense after a couple of days. hopefully you guys will give it some breathing room, and try it.

    i would love to hear your experience.

  4. Other than the social networking aspect, I’m trying to figure out how this is more useful than the “Send Link” menu command (File/Send Link) built in to Firefox? It’s also available on the context menu, allowing you to send a link embedded in the page.

    The pitch for this company must have sounded awfully similar to the movie pitch embedded in Robert Altman’s “The Player”!

  5. I could effectively whatever this Application does with either, Digg or Firefox’s ‘Send Link’. This App would want me to again create a ‘Link Share’ Community again.

  6. Thought I would give this a try as I usually use the super easy GMail-This extension to send interesting links.
    Unfortunately, when I told Downfly to import my contacts, they proceeded to spam every single person in my address book without asking. I had to immediately sent an apology (compounding the issue, I know) to each. Bad form, Downfly.

  7. Belay my last. I must have missed a checkbox (checked by default) that sends invites out to all your contacts when you press submit.
    Billy, I recommend making those 2 separate steps.

  8. I think that the usefulness of this depends on:

    1) how big your network is and
    2) how networked you are with that network

    I’ve got a small close group of friends, and don’t have anyone writing for me every day the way you do. I’ve got a yahoo group for my college friends.

    I will, however, try this at home, because I am a link sender. I send links to specific people on specific topics. I could see myself creating e-mail lists for specific topics such as the environment, animals, soccer, hockey, corruption, and telecom and mailing links with one click.

  9. Thanks everyone for the feedback as well as to Om for the post.

    I think some people are seeing this as “I don’t have a problem sending links via e-mail”. You don’t have a problem, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be easier to do. And it especially gets more annoying when you want to send it to more than just one friend (and do this several times a day).

    Additionally, downfly adds numerous features that are just impossible to accomplish with straight e-mail. Things like, seeing how much the link gets sent around and which of your friends actually clicked on it and viewed it. And my personal favorite, what links are popular? Maybe from a friend of a friend (and I would have never seen the link with just e-mail)

    If anyone has any other thoughts, I’ll be here or you can leave me feedback through downfly.com. Thanks!

  10. LOL, butt-ugly! I guess after 1 year of work you expect something more decent. It’s very similar to Digg and StumbleUpon mashed. I like it but I won’t be using it, at least not seriously. As much as we hate email, its still what people use.

  11. I’ve never used the Send Link in Firefox and even more so never used the links that various sites put on their articles like “Email this to a friend!”

    I think Downfly makes sense because it extends the interesting process of sending a link to a friend (or a group of friends for that matter) and then having a discussion revolve around it.

  12. om, when you get a chance, try Bzzster.com, a somewhat similar but simpler service that we launched in march.

    we would love to hear your experience!

  13. I made sure that the invite setting on downfly was not selected while importing contacts.

    It continued to spam all my contacts with “New connection” emails.

    Not good.
    Not good at all.

    A very bad experience, I trusted OM’s comments before this.

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