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Posterous dying on the 30th April but PostHaven is here to save the day
It seems whenever a big company acquires a startup there are more chances that the startup ends up shutting down. That is the case with Posterous, the blogging platform that launched in 2008. Twitter acquired Posterous in March of Last year and now we are hearing that the site will shut down on 30th April. The Posterous team is already folding up but the good news is that for now, the websites users will not have to worry about service interruptions and there is an option to export all articles to another service. Posterous story should not be seen as a completely sad one.
For those who liked that platform, there is no need to worry. Posterous’ co-founder, Garry Tan, is coming to save the day with a new website he calls PostHaven. Tan has made the promise that this new website will never shut down. In an interview he had with Techcrunch, Tan mentioned that he is currently working with Brett Gibson, another co-founder of Posterous and together they have taken the pledge that they will keep the URLs online forever. The cost of the new service is going to be $5 a month and users will enjoy all the benefits they use to get from Posterous. He added that for now there is only two of them, Him and Gibson. They are currently coding the new business from their bedroom. A brand new startup is on the way.
During the interview, Tan made the statement that this time the new website, Posthaven, will never accept funding and the intention is to make it available to its users forever. Apparently he regretted selling out Posterous to twitter.
The team at Posterous has already made the announcement about the website shutting down and included instructions as to how their users can export their articles to other similar services.
Twitter is still trying to develop a way to make it easier for its users to discover new things and it seems the Posterous team is still going to play a significant role in helping Twitter do just that. For those who dream of another “Posterous” to come to existence, Posthaven is already on the way and it is coming out of the heart of Posterous’ co-founders.
Posterous emerged during the summer of 2008 as an innovative platform that will make blogging easy for everybody. One could rely on it to send a blog to multiple account by just using an email. The website has grown to more than 15 million users. It was bought in March 2012 by Twitter and just about ayear later it is shutting down.
On the Posthaven website, one can see the new pledge that the co-founders of Posterous have made. The most important pledge is probably the one that says the website will never be acquired. Users can already choose to reserve their names in advance for $5 a month. It seems currently the new website is having problems coping with the amount of traffic it is getting after the news broke out but Tan has sent a tweet explaining that they are working on it. You can check it out.