Posterous, a blogging service known for its simplicity that was acquired by Twitter back in March last year, has announced that it will be shutting down its services on April 30.
The company made the announcement via a blog post:
Posterous launched in 2008. Our mission was to make it easier to share photos and connect with your social networks. Since joining Twitter almost one year ago, we've been able to continue that journey, building features to help you discover and share what's happening in the world - on an even larger scale.
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.
Posterous is letting users backup their data via a special page that it has set up. Users can submit request to backup individual blogs and Posterous will notify them via email when it is ready for download. Users can then go back to the same page to download the same. However, it's been almost 24 hours since we submitted a request to backup our blogs and we're still waiting for those 3 magical words: "You've got mail."
If you're looking to move your Posterous blog to some other platform, there are plenty of official as well as unofficial tools to move your data to Tumblr, WordPress, Squarespace, as well as other services.
Posterous launched as a blogging platform funded by Y Combinator back in May 2008. It became popular due to its simplicity, especially the ability to post to blog via email. It later added mobile apps, post.ly service, group sharing features and more, before it was acquired by Twitter in March 2012.