Have you heard of the site Product Hunt? It is essentially a curation of the best new products, from mobile apps, websites, and technology products.
I was somewhat late to the Product Hunt party, but now I find it an invaluable platform to search for tools and curate lists of tools I have used and recommend, or some I want to explore.
Some of my current favourite social technology tools of the moment I discovered on Product Hunt. But one of the things that I was frustrated by was the fact that I could not post tools or comment on posts from others – that was until yesterday when I was delighted to be accepted as a contributor. They approve the contributors and you can find out more about the programme here.
Let’s take an example of a product that was ‘hunted’ today. In fact, you may recall this platform from many years ago – is is called Upcoming. Upcoming is a simple way to share and discover interesting events
– a curated list of events from the people that use it every day.
Upcoming was launched in 2003, (before Flickr or Facebook), and was the first site to use a social network for event discovery. It was later acquired by Yahoo, running for a decade before Yahoo closed it in 2013. Shortly after they shut it down, Yahoo offered to sell the domain back to the founder who launched a Kickstarter project to gauge interest in reviving Upcoming. They got the support of 1,787 backers, the site has been rebuilt, the event archive restored and the site relaunched in March 2017.
There are lots of other online event site listing but most are aimed at the event organiser as a way to sell tickets. Upcoming is curated by ordinary people – of course there is nothing stopping you from adding your own event to the site. Today I added two events that I am attending, one of which I am speaking at and delivering a masterclass on live video (the Social Media Summit Ireland) and the other I am attending as a brand journalist – The Sage Summit.
It is easy to add an event and you register for the site with your Twitter account – at this time it does not host online events and you also can not edit or delete comments made against an event which is important from the perspective of online reputation management.
However, it is nice to see this platform being revived.
Thanks to the new Upcoming website being posted at Product Hunt, I was able to discover and use it today.
Product Hunt is taking discovery a further step however. Today they launched a feature where you can ask the community for their recommendations on tools – Ask Product Hunt. I was an early user of Quora but one of the things I find frustrating with that id that you have to be logged in to see the answers. I can not even remember when I last used the platform, though it still appears to be popular.
I posted a question today using the Ask Product Hunt feature and I did not have to wait tool long before I received a response. It would be helpful if the questions you ask and answer were curated against your profile – so in the meantime, you may need to find a way to bookmark them.
So if you are looking for the latest social technology and online tools, it just may be worth creating an account on Product Hunt. You never know just what you may discover.
And remember to check out Upcoming and add your events there to aid discovery.