Introducing Pinguin 2.0 with fun new features!

Since our initial launch, we have been hard at work figuring out exactly what our communities want. While Pinguin is the “Chat app for nerds.” We found that us nerds like to have some fun too. That’s why we’re packing Pinguin 2.0 with everything you need to have the most fun and informed conversations possible.

So what’s new?

In-App Browser: Want to reference some song lyrics or find a link to an article you would like to share? Browse the web right inside of the app, copy the link and return right back to the conversation to share it.

Photo Upload: Our Beta allowed photos taken in the moment. We quickly found that people love to edit their photos or share their favorite memories stored on their camera roll. Now you’re able to share your best moments with your channels without limits (Video Upload Coming Soon!)

GIFs: Who doesn’t love GIFs? We’ve integrated GIPHY into 2.0 so you can react to the conversation with a well-placed cat GIF.

Live Events/AMAs: We’ve opened up AMA channels for some of our favorite influencers to chat directly with their audience. Check in and see if any of your favorite influencers are live!

We’re constantly learning from our community and will continue to build Pinguin to be the best communication tool for you guys. We hope you enjoy 2.o and continue to give us feedback. Check out our official ProductHunt post to find out more about 2.o!

Fewer connections, but more connected

Social networking has become an increasingly crowded and yet impersonal space, a problem I blame, perhaps ironically, on the explosive rise of social networks. In a world where social has connected us to more people than ever (over a billion people are now on Facebook), yet, somehow we feel lonelier and more distracted as a result of it. This is by design.

The effect is definitely one of the most unintended consequences of having a billion people on social media and having 300 or more, on average, friends or followers. I think what’s happened is, we’ve been so keen and focused on connecting to one another that we’ve overlooked the importance of being connected to things that personally matter to us. This is where Pinguin makes its entry.

Social networks make their money by having you on their platform as long as possible. I beleive this to be a poor way to measure a social platforms success or value. Instead, what if you measured net positive contribution? Or avg amount of time well spent? What if we made social networking more valuable and less distracting with an engineers user experience to do just that. What if we engaged only with the things that mattered to us? What if we were able to immediately tap into a community that shares a similar affinity for that thing or topic we also love? We’re fed up with meme factories, social collateral damage, minimal or flat engagement, it’s getting old quick. That is why we’re building Pinguin.

In conclusion, I urge you to next time you’re on your social network of choice, stop and think for a moment. How much of the content you saw did you enjoy? How much do you think you actually engaged with? and did you feel “sucked in” to something that didn’t really matter to you? My bet is that you’ll quickly become immediately aware of all the wasted energy and time.

I’ll end on that note and let you come to your own conclusions. Feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’m happy to answer any you might have. Stay tuned for Pinguin’s upcoming release. We’ll be re-launching in early April with our revised product. I look forward to your feedback!

Best,

Josh Purvis
CEO/CoFounder of Pinguin