Six Apart Acquires Pownce, Plans to Shut it Down

December 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 am


Remember Pownce?  Well it was a startup that was supposed to kill off Twitter.  However it really did not catch on and now while Twitter’s traffic and popularity is going out the roof, Ponce is taking the back door.

Six Apart, the company that makes blogging tools like Movable Type, TypePad and Vox, acquired Pownce.  Well,  actually, Six Apart acquired the Pownce technology and talents and will shut down the service entirely.

Leah Culver of Pownce says in the blog, "We’re very happy that Six Apart wants to invest in growing the vision that we the founders of Pownce believe so strongly in and we’re very excited to take our vision to all of Six Apart’s products. Mike and I have joined Six Apart as part of their engineering team and we’re looking forward to being a part of the talented group that has created amazing tools for blogging and publishing." 

Six Apart’s Chris Alden on the other hand welcomes their new recruits and doesn’t spill much beans on what they’re planning. "We have been impressed not only with the vision for Pownce but the great work of Leah Culver and Mike Malone and are very happy that they will be joining us. We’re also very excited to welcome Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka as advisers to Six Apart. The Pownce team and Six Apart share the same passion for social blogging and we’re really proud to have them on board." 

So there, Pownce is set to close on December 15.  They are including an export function for their users to save their messages and the Pro users will get their instructions through email on how to go about the reimbursement of fees.  Moreover, Pro users of Pownce are offered free TypePad accounts for a year, courtesy of Six Apart.