Back in November, TechHub members teowaki invited 50 of their developer friends to try the alpha version of teowaki. Learning a lot from the experience, they have been working hard on improving the tool in the last few weeks, and are now ready for the big opening.
Targeted at software developers, teowaki is on a mission to help you stay in contact with your friends and colleagues no matter where you are.You can use the site for sharing interesting links about software development, tools you like, distributed systems, news, or even just for fun. You can share best practices and code snippets, or the methodologies used. When you publish something that doesn�t need to be visible for too long, you can just set an expiration date and forget about it.
At the moment teowaki allows you to share links, best practices, shouts (short messages), jesters (mistakes) and, of course, your profile. You can share information privately or publicly, with just one team or with as many as you like. You can search for public contents from other users and fork them into your teams, so you don�t need to start writing from scratch.
There's a 'team' for getting feedback from the users and you can use private teams for talking about anything and everything - development issues, telling jokes, publishing mistakes made or keeping track of interesting events. Because you can join as many teams as you want, teowaki makes it easy to communicate at the same time with colleagues, customers, friends, members of local community, or the delegates of the conference you recently returned from.
User profiles are another interesting feature - you can change teams or companies, but your URL will always stay with you. You can go by different nicknames when joining various teams and if you need to keep a particular membership secret, you can mark a specific team as hidden.
If you are an event organizer, teowaki gives you a free back channel for you to use before, during and after the event. Event participants can curate link lists, have conversations, and extend the reach of your event.
Two founding developers are joined by freelance UX dev, and are currently bootstrapping the project (working on it full time since March 2013). The company is London-based with the team distributed between London and Madrid, and this is what they have to say about their product:
"teowaki improves communication between developers and helps sharing technical information, best practices, gossip and lifehacks with your developer friends. Our mission is to make you happier and to help you stay in contact with your friends and colleagues no matter where you are. Please start using teowaki, invite other developers to your teams, and let us know how we can make teowaki better for you."