I was playing with this last night. The UI is super clean and unique. The hold-to-promote is creative but its unclear what it does.
The product is intentionally very barebones but the biggest thing missing, imho, is feedback. Once I post something, it goes into a black hole.
Also has similarities to @Popcorn_Ryan's Popcorn Messaging (http://www.popcornmap.com/) and Whisper (http://whisper.sh/).
The hold to promote is actually a like. They designed it like that to not arbitrarily like posts and to like something means you really like it. I'm sure in future iterations this will affect the type of content you view in the algorithm.
I think the feedback isn't there (yet) because it's based on anonymity. Only thing the app captures is UID and location.
Welcome, @muneeb_bokhari! What was your inspiration for Shortwave?
Thanks for the warm welcome!
We created shortwave to explore relationships between people and physical spaces. We basically want to create a conversation between an individual and the individuals surroundings.
@muneeb_bokhari - few consumer social products have been successful focusing on location as the primary connection point/context. That's what makes me so interested in this product and Popcorn Messaging.
What's the most interesting or unexpected behavior you're seeing in the app?
It is definitely a challenge. We've received a lot I questions about how individuals can talk to each other.
Although some have expressed disappointment over a lack of direct communication, many others have created their own systems to have short term conversations using signatures (or reusing them!).
Most interestingly, we find that users are developing an affinity to the app, spending a huge amount of time just reading the waves that they see. We hadn't really expected that; we thought people would post without really reading other waves. It's a very pleasant surprise!
I should mention that we are working furiously at an update that will let users know how their posts fare out in shortwave. (But more on that when we get closer to launch!)
@muneeb_bokhari - Curious to see the update. Feel free to share a beta version with Product Hunt if you're up for it. :)
How are you planning to acquire users?
@rrhoover, done! Shoot me a DM with your contact info and I'll send out a testflight build when it becomes available.
We have a plan in place for user acquisition with a focus on areas of natural real-world communities. We are also exploring strategic partnerships within the creative and art worlds that will help us explore specialized uses for Shortwave.
Nice coverage on TC today: http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/18/shrtwv-is-a-new-anonymous-sharing-app-that-ties-your-thoughts-photos-to-physical-locations/
I've been following the product's evolution from text only to text + photos.