A couple days ago, I stumbled across a link to this thing called ghostpost.io. Basically it’s a super low friction, anonymous chat tool that lets you create different rooms on the fly by changing what comes after the “.io” in the URL.
Ghostpost.io isn’t anything revolutionary. But what makes it interesting is that, unlike Twitter or Facebook there’s zero on-boarding. You just talk.
Here’s how I ended up using it. A group of ‘internet friends’ were trying to plan post-work drinks on Twitter and just ended up pissing each other off (and everyone who followed us) with incessant back and forth @ replies. So, I created a random room (http://ghostpost.io/pregame) and tweeted out the link so that we didn’t have to make plans over Twitter anymore. What ensued was a totally unstructured, stupid and fun conversation more reminiscent of an AOL chatroom.
Right now, at least among a certain kind of user, there’s a demand for a place to have side-conversations away from your mass networks like Twitter or Facebook. Google+ and Branch try to fill this need, but they’re really structured and ask a lot of you before you actually get into a conversation. Ghostpost.io just gives you the room, and you start talking.
What’s so refreshing is that it’s messy and disposable. It doesn’t care about being clean and having a sleek UI, it’s a hack. Who knows if I or anyone else will be using this a week from now. But right now, it gives me what I want, asks for nothing in return and gets out of my way.