It’s time to say your final goodbyes to Posterous as Twitter is pulling the plug on the popular blogging platform it acquired last year on April 30. The company says it wants to "focus 100 percent" of its efforts on Twitter.
Posterous was launched in 2008 and acquired by Twitter after it turned into a popular platform for blogging, thwarting heavy-weight competition. On April 30, the company will turn off services for posterous.com as well as its mobile app to dedicate all its resources towards Twitter. Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or edit starting May this year.
Sad to see you go!
But if you have a large amount of data and blog posts on Posterous, fret not. The blogging platform has devised a way by which you can get hold of it. Here’s how:
- Go to http://posterous.com/#backup.
- Click to request a backup of your Space by clicking “Request Backup” next to your Space name.
- When your backup is ready, you'll receive an email.
- Return to http://posterous.com/#backup to download a .zip file.
Remember, you can only do this till April 30, following which this service to download all your Posterous Spaces including photos, videos and documents will not be available. “If you want to move your site to another service, WordPress and Squarespace offer importers that can move all of your content over to either service. Just remember: you need to back up your Spaces by April 30,” the blog post by Founder and CEO Sachin Agarwal reads.
There’s a silver lining to all of this for heartbroken Posterous users, though. TechCrunch has reported that Posterous co-founder Garry Tan has come to the rescue of distraught users with his new site called Posthaven that he promises will never shut down.
Tan spoke about this saying, “I’m teaming up with another cofounder of Posterous, Brett Gibson, and we are taking a pledge to keeping the URLs online forever. It’s $5 a month and will have all of the ease of use and power of Posterous. It’s just the two of us and we’re coding it in our bedrooms right now.”
The ambitious website description reads, “Websites come and go. This one is made to last forever. Our pledge to you... We'll never be acquired. We'll always keep your URL's online. We'll always keep it the best place to post.”
The service is taking name reservations already and is offering services for $5 a month, "forever", although a tweet from Tan showed that Posthaven was coming undone with all the pressure. “Please bear with us through the 503 errors -- we're working to fix Posthaven asap. (We had no idea Posterous would announce today.)” he said.
Meanwhile, Twitter is trying to make discovery easy for its users, a task in which Posterous will more than be helpful.
Published Date: Feb 16, 2013 11:38 am | Updated Date: Feb 16, 2013 11:38 am