“Twitterous” – Twitter buys Posterous
I am still mouth wide open at this news being a big fan of Posterous as a blogging platform. Of course Posterous did have its limitations; which may explain why this site went back to WordPress only a matter of weeks ago (Insider trading?).
Posterous is a really fun way of sharing content from all around the web, but with simpler competitors like Tumblr and even Pinterest it was time to step up the game. Posterous introduced new products such as groups and spaces but even some of those features were found in other social networking / sharing services such as Google +.
It’s hard to tell if Posterous will still survive as what we know it, the take over by Twitter seems to be simply a talent acquisition more than a “wow, this product could really help Twitter”.
The head of Twitter HR, Cherly P (@che) seemed pretty excited about their latest talent acquisition as you can see by the below tweet.
— Cheryl P. (@che) March 12, 2012
The CEO of Posterous is ex Apple employee, Sachin Agarwal who worked on the Final Cut Pro team for 6 years. With such a broad base of skills and experience it will be interestng to see where Sachin ends up in Twitter.
For now, if you are a current Posterous user you may find the below FAQs form the Posterous site useful:
What happens to my Space? Will Posterous eventually shut down?
You can use your Space(s) exactly as you have in the past. We’ll give you ample notice before any changes or disruptions to the service and we’ll provide specific instructions for exporting your content to another service.
Can I still post to my Space?
Yes, you can continue to post via email the Web or our iPhone or Android apps. We’ll give you ample notice before any changes or disruptions to the service.
How can I backup or export the content of my Space(s)?
We’ll share instructions on how you can backup the content of your Space soon.
What happens to my content if I don’t do anything to my Posterous account?
We’ll give you ample notice before any changes to the service and we’ll share clear instructions about how to move your content to other services. In the meantime, your Spaces will remain up and running without disruption.
I bought a custom domain from Posterous – what happens to it?
Our domain partner, eNom, will take over domain management. Over the next several days, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your new domain account.
I am redirecting my domain/subdomain to Posterous – what do I need to do?
Your domain or subdomain will continue to point to your Posterous Space. You do not need to change anything.
Can I export my Space’s to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, or another service?
Over the coming weeks we’ll provide you with specific instructions for exporting your content to other services.
Source: Twitter Blog