Twitter kills Posterous
When micro-blogging giant Twitter bought mini-blogging Posterous last year, the news was received with mixed feelings. Early on, there were suspicions that Twitter was going to kill Posterous. For reasons unknown actually, as Posterous was not a Twitter, but rather a Tumblr competitor.
So 12 months down the road, Posterous’ death has been announced: As of April 30 2013, there will be nothing left of Posterous except a heap of burning ash, and thousands of frustrated ex-users.
It is a pity, though. Posterous, pioneering in the “easy blogging”-market, still has many users, and was one of the low-entry blog platforms. I, for one, use Posterous a lot, as an alternative to Twitpic, to easily post pictures from my iPhone.
Posterous now supports a function to export posts, so you can import them easily into WordPress. WordPress, though one of the best blogging platforms, is more complex to use than Posterous or Tumblr. This makes a move from Posterous to WordPress, quite a step for the (ex-)Posterous users. Atop of that, I don’t like WordPress over-complicated email-to-post function, something I use all the time for my Posterous blog.
It would be easier to move to Tumblr, Posterous’ arch-rival in the mini-blogging market, and offering the same ease-of-use and functionality. However, Tumblr does NOT provide an import function (yet). A hole in the market.. Tumblr, are you listening? Lifehacker does suggest a manual workaround, but right now, I sitting on 2,500 Posterous blogposts to migrate… Doing it manually is not a practical option.
So, Twitter: thanks a lot, guys..!
Planning on buying and sinking any other social media tools? Tell me as I’ll abandon them asap..!