A Better Communication Network
A new network for better communication. Filling the gap between: Twitter, iChat & Tumblr.
It is NOT a client for Twitter or any other network. It is it's own network. It's built from the ground up to be all about easily communicating with others. That means it's in realtime, you can invite others to join a group discussion, all posts are permanently saved and will have their own page, like Tumblr. You can have private discussions as well. Your posts can optionally be auto sent out to your Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. You can attach multiple photos, videos and code snippets to a post. You can follow and be followed. You can recommend users to your followers. You can browse users recommended to you by people you follow. You can publicly "mention" people in your posts or private message any user.
It's more than just status updates, and it's much more than a static blog with comments. It's the best of both world. It's realtime communication that is permanently stored and (optionally) publicly available.
Any group discussion (called a "Dialogg") and any normal post can be made private. You can even limit a group discussion to certain users and create private brainstorming sessions. Or have an open discussion group with anyone to talk about something you saw on Twitter. You can even use group discussions to create a feed of catered content (like Uncrate.com) since each group discussion will have it's own unique page.
Dialoggs will be a free service for anyone to use without paying anything to sign up.
So.. what makes it different?
Dialoggs is not Twitter. Though it does have some of the same features, Dialoggs is about discussions with multiple people and therefore has a different vision and expanded feature set.
Dialoggs is not chat. Dialoggs is social and sharable. Picking up where chat left off.
Dialoggs is not Tumblr. Though each post can have media attached to it and it's own unique page, Dialoggs goes much further in communicating with others on the network.
Dialoggs is not Google Wave, It's closer to Twitter or Tumblr than it is to Wave.
An API for the Community
The value in Dialoggs is the "data". The web app I am building will just be an example of what is possible with the data. The public API will give 3rd party developers the ability to build Dialoggs clients. Much like people build unique Twitter clients. It is not in Dialoggs vision to build a private network of apps and cut out 3rd part devs, like Twitter has started to do. Dialoggs is for the community, I WANT you guys to build even better things then I ever could with this new network. Dialoggs is YOUR network.
Why should you support Dialoggs?
Maybe you are tired of trying to have conversations on Twitter and being limited to 140 characters? Maybe you are tired of not being able to show others a chat dialog you had using iChat (or any other chat platform)? Or maybe you just think it's a rad idea :)
Either way supporting Dialoggs will not only give you the means to communicate easier and share that communication easier, it will do the same for everyone else!
An Open Source Node.js API
Another benefit form developing Dialoggs will be that the API I build for it will also be released Open Source. The API I'm building is called Nixus. Nixus is a RESTful and Realtime Node.js API. It's super lightweight and has a bunch of awesome features. It is NOT a big bulky MVC framework. It will be posted on Github. The API I release will NOT have any of the Dialoggs app specific logic in it, but rather the base API "Nixus" is what will be open sourced. Allowing you to build apps that require RESTful & Realtime interactions :)
I'll be giving you my Pictos Icons as rewards. Pictos are amazing Vector & PNG interface icons for building websites and apps. Check out 3 sets & the font here: http://pictos.drewwilson.com
The money raised will go directly to the development of Dialoggs. Paying for servers, any other development related 3rd party web services and my time as I work on this project so I can shift my focus to finishing Dialoggs.
Thanks SO much for checking out Dialoggs! I hope you join me in making it a reality!