If you haven't heard about Product Hunt yet, you've either been comatose or on another planet for the last few months. It's all over the news, is now part of Y Combinator, and is blowing up social media feeds left and right.
Perhaps the craziest part of Product Hunt is how fast it skyrocketed to fame. The service was launched less than a year ago in November 2013. Since then, it's been mentioned on just about every tech news site you can imagine, with TechCrunch calling it the Reddit of tech products.
The site is currently curated by Ryan Hoover and selected individuals, but word has it they'll be introducing an invite system so other community members can get involved.
Some companies that have been featured by Product Hunt have talked about the Product Hunt effect, a variation of the Slashdot effect in which sites get bombarded with visitors when they make the list. For product owners, a heap of traffic isn't a bad thing. It's a great thing for Product Hunt too, who could easily monetize the service with sponsored ads.
August 7, 2014 – Surreal was hunted! Here's what it looks like when your name is in lights:
Thanks for getting it out there, Gerry!