The Twitter-owned blogging and community site, Posterous.com announced last week that it will be closing down and turning off its online and mobile apps on April 30th, and from then on will no longer be available either to view or to edit. Users are advised to back up their posts as soon as possible.
Posterous was launched back in 2008 with the goal of providing a way for users to easily share photos and blog posts, and connect content with their social networks. Posterous is sort of a mixture of Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress. In March of last year, Posterous was picked up by Twitter, which reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Perhaps Posterous has not been faring well in a very crowded blogger and social network market.
In his February 15th blog post, Posterous founder and CEO, Sachin Agarwal outlines how existing users can download their Posterous Spaces, including uploaded photos, videos and documents. The steps include the following:
- Go to http://posterous.com/#backup.
- Click to request a backup of your Space by clicking “Request Backup” next to your Space name.
- When your backup is ready, you’ll receive an email.
- Return to http://posterous.com/#backup to download a .zip file.
Agarwal says that Posterous users can also easily move their content to another blogging service such as WordPress and Squarespace, both of which offer importers for moving content to their individual sites. However, be sure to backup your Posterous Spaces before April 30th.
How will the closure of Posterous affect you? Which blogging platform will you move your content to?