Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!
The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.
Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.
You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.
Finally, we’d like to offer thanks to all of our users, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made us better. Thanks for that. We look forward to building great things for you over at Twitter.
You guys must be freaking out.
I've been with you a long while - I hope this change empowers your incredible product team to do even more awesome stuff.
1) merge dev team
2) lower investor's risks
3) get customer data
But you don't provide any clear dialog on the future of the service. Your FAQ makes it sound like you are shutting things down, but very indirectly. Can we get a more clear answer?
Well, it was very good while it lasted.
They'll keep the servers running, but no one is going to be maintaing the site or really fixing bugs. They'll keep it running until a problem crops out that would require a lot of man hours to fix, and they'll just shut it down.
This is the sort of thing that keep people away from startups and going to Blogger or wordpress cos they're going to be around in 5 years time.
Anyway, good luck guys, and thanks for all the fish.
Hopefully you all dont make to many crazy changes that affect existing blogs, only enhance them! I'm sure you know what to do!
Good luck, and Congrats again!
PLEASE Twitter keep Posterous up and running well.
PRETTY PLEASE. With sugar on top.
Users: Don't fool yourself, move your blogs to a major platform and use major platforms in the future to avoid this. (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc.)
Posterous Team: Although this sounds negative, I don't mean for it to be. You guys are absolutely amazing and made a great product. I am really happy you are going to Twitter to help make it even better. You deserve it!
p.s. I will help anyone move their blog to WordPress if you want.
Posterous was onto something.. Hope the buyout doesnt change that.
1.- Congratulations, if this means that you guys in the dev team are getting a better deal and more money, then I´m happy for you.
2.- If this means that Posterous is going to go away then I´m just sad, this is an EXCELENT AND OUTSTANDING SERVICE and I don´t want to see it go.
Anyway, looking forward to see you guys stand for your core user base.
The verbiage chosen is VERY careful to not mention the future of posterous itself. That means that they don't know what to do with it, and/or don't want it, or have already made a decision to ditch it, and they're just going to let it die.
I'm sad - because I love this service, and how stupidly easy it's made maintaining a blog. I've been looking forward to the day when I could actually fork over money for a premium membership to help ensure that the lights stayed on. I've worked for small companies and consulted at start-ups, and I know that it's a brutal uphill battle, and there's no guarantee that a service, no matter how great, will survive. But if this is it, man... guys... just be honest and say "Look, it was a great run - we tried hard to make it work, and we appreciate everyone's support, but we had to make the hard choice to keep food on the table, and bailing on posterous to go work at twitter was the only real choice". I can get that, and any reasonable person reading that would have been down with it too.
If you're not shuttering the service... man, I think you need to clarify things a bit. And if you are, just be straight with us. I'll buy you a drink if I see any of you guys out in SOMA, and thank you for the years you did give us.
I volunteer my work for non-profit organization in organizing their website. Late last year, I had made the recommendation to them in migrating their current website to Posterous and I was in the final stages of migration (including domain name transfer).
I've learned the news of the acquisition today. From your statements in the FAQ, I am seriously questioning that whether Posterous is in for the long term, and that migrating the organization's website is a serious risk in future service disruptions. (Statement such as "for users who would like to back up their content or move to another service" is not a sound of confidence to me.)
As a result, I am recommending to the organization of placing the website migration plan on hold.
A great shame, Posterous made things so much easier for those of us who like to blog regularly and share content as widely as possible.
This is your "ample time notice" guys. Get cracking on "exporting your content"...
Good Luck Posterous Team