How do you find out about new products, look for innovative apps, or search for the next big thing? Where on the Internet can you go to find a list of links that you’ll want to share with your friends? For people who want to find out about new ideas early, there’s a simple website called Product Hunt.
Product Hunt offers a look at what’s new everyday via crowdsourced links posted to its homepage. Anyone can submit a product. Users can either sign up for emails to be updated on the site’s best finds, or can check back each day to see what Product Hunt turns up. The products posted each day collect upvotes, and are arranged by the number of points that they gather throughout the day. (For example, at the time of writing, HackerBracket is at the top of Friday’s products with 177 points, followed by Sumry at 119 points.) The top products from Thursday are listed separately, below Friday’s. Users can come to look back at what’s been popular over the past week or month, or check the site each day just to see what’s new. Each listing shows a link to the product’s website, plus related links like its page in the App Store or recent media coverage. Users can also comment on each product to discuss it.
So what, exactly, is Product Hunt? How did it get its start? Product Hunt’s 27-year-old founder, Ryan Hoover, wrote in Wired last year that the site began with the idea of building a community for people to discover, share, and discuss innovative new products. Product Hunt began as a group on Linkydink, a social link-sharing tool. “Simply create a group and invite people to share links with other contributors and subscribers,” explained Hoover. Within two weeks, 170 people subscribed to discoveries by 30 contributors, so Hoover and Nathan Bashaw launched the full website, which functions like Reddit or Hacker News.