Posterous, acquired by Twitter, announced back in Feb 2013 that it would shut down April 30, 2013. They have now issued an email reminder and steps to archive your content.
On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.
Right now, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.
Here are the steps:
You are also able to import or move into WordPress, Squarespace and some other platforms. While all of these provide a way out, it strengthens the argument of what happens to a product or site when Twitter buys it. In two moves Twitter kills the ecosystem of smaller partners and companies. One could also counter that Google does the same. I would agree and say they both follow the same optimistic path of buying good talent and closing products down.
A founder of Posterous started Posthaven, a paid service, to continue on what Posterous offered. Outside of buying an application with a one time fee, so many of us are hesitant to pay monthly for anything. It is not in our new social DNA. Companies are fighting to make free products, reduce advertismenets to appease users and stay afloat.
What ar your thoughts? Did you use Posterous? Are you surprised that Twitter shut them down as well? Are you migrating or giving it up?