Posterous has been around since 2008 and was purchased by Twitter last year. According to their blog, Posterous will shut down by the end of April and Posterous Spaces will no longer be viewable. If you have a Posterous Blog it’s not too late to export and backup your data before it disappears forever.
I’ve never used Posterous but it’s (or was) similar to Tumblr; a super easy, and free, blogging solution. Posterous was especially great for mobile blogging, allowing users to post via email and the recently released phone app. This move will impact a large number of bloggers. Jennifer 8. Lee tweeted that all of the linked images on her blog are sitting on Posterous’ servers. Not Good. There are businesses on Posterous, with expensive stationary, banners, advertising, etc.. What about the networks of people that have interacted with one another over the years, developing online friendships?
There is a lesson with every major takeover, buyout and shut down; whether we’re talking about blogging, social media or third party services.
I love sites like Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook and a ton of others but I feel that serious bloggers should post to their own domain, preferably with WordPress Tweet This!. It’s not free (Having your own domain, WordPress IS free) but it doesn’t have to be expensive either. It’s better to use these free services as a supplemental resource for your blog, not for it’s existence. That’s just my two cents and I’m not alone…
Posterous is closing. This is why you always post stuff in your own domain, not someone’s sub-domain. Tumblrs take note bit.ly/UoMWnj
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) February 15, 2013
Remember when all the “pundits” where saying Posterous was the future of blogging? Ridiculous.
— Brian Clark (@copyblogger) February 16, 2013
Does Blogging Need To Be Free?
Do You REALLY Need A FREE Blogging Option? I understand that blogging comes in many flavors and not everyone breaths, eats and sleeps blogging like I do. There are many levels to blogging; some people just want to post daily thoughts and updates, others want to post photos from their smart phones. So, I know a paid option is not in the cards for everyone but if you are a business, going to profit from your blog, or a serious blogger, I think you should consider getting your own WordPress blog on your own domain.
Posthaven will be an inexpensive option at just $5/month. I still recommend WordPress and your own domain [Tweet This!], however, Garry Tan seems sincere enough and Posthaven may be a nice alliterative for those just looking for a safe place for a personal blog without the upkeep of a self-hosted blog. Garry Tan, one of the original co-founders of Posterous, is working furiously on the new site that he pledges to never sell out or shut down. That’s quite a promise.
I’m pledging to keep your URLs online forever with our sustainable Posterous replacement posthaven.com
— Garry Tan (@garrytan) February 15, 2013
Posthaven – easy, simple blogs for $5/mo forever posthaven.com Posterous is gone, but Posthaven is here.
— Garry Tan (@garrytan) February 16, 2013
Your Call To Action
Every post needs a call to action so tell me if you use a free blogging platform, what you use it for, why do you use it and are you worried? Simple enough, right? What are your thoughts on the shut down?
NOTE: The image used in this post is a screen shot of the video, Posterous Office Tour | TC Cribs. In the image is Vincent Chu – Director of Engineering, Posterous CEO & Co-Founder – Sachin Agarwal and Jason Kincaid, formerly of TechCrunch (Who I dubbed Clark Kent).