Category Micromedia

Pownce No More…

Today on the Pownce Blog, Leah Culver announced that the service would be closing in a few weeks and that the team would be moving to SixApart, makers of MovableType, TypePad and Vox blogging software. I was really excited about Pownce when it began because it seemed to take the next logical step from where Twitter was and enabled actual sharing of files and media. Perfect for my team and making a more social-enabled workflow. Immediately, I signed up for a Pro Account, to show support (although when it came time to renew, it was difficult and I quickly gave up) and distributed most of my invites. At the time it was the “New Shiny Thing” so a lot of Twitter conversations ported to Pownce. Unfortunately, even before coming out of beta, most ported back.

Acccording to the SixApart announcement, the incredible Leah Culver and Mike Malone are joining the SA engineering team (I see that as hugely important as the annoucement last week that Rael Dornfest is joining the Twitter team). Huge coup for 6A. Many people are taking that to mean that Pownce will be absorbed into the SixApart universe in some fashion, but I don’t think so. Too many microblogging platforms exist, all of which can be imported into any platform – why have another? Especially when there are so many features that I can see this team producing, adding immediate value to 6A – especially to TypePad!

It seems that Pownce Pro users will get their own free TypePad account for a year and that Powncers are able to export their posts and can then import them to other blogging services such as Vox, TypePad, or WordPress.

Thanks to the Pownce Team for all of their work and a platform that I think might have been slightly aheaad of its time – I’m looking forward to seeing where SixApart goes from here.

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It’s All About the Media Snackers!

I was tagged last friday by Geoff Livingston (who did a great video for his response). This meme was started by Jeremiah Owyang and has included amazing viewpoints from Connie Reece, Connie Benson, Chris Brogan, among others.

Jeremiah has also coined the term “micromedia” which is the perfect description of this social media subset.

Micromedia that I use:

- Twitter to update my network and co-workers on things I’m working on. Sometimes my updates aren’t such great content, but I’m really starting to focus on making them worth people’s time.
- Jott, which I use for mobile updates to my blogs, network and also to create reminders for myself.
- I send out short video messages on facebook (and I mean short, 20 sec or less).
- I’ve just started using Utterz this weekend while I was at PodCamp Boston. It allows me to update facebook, Twitter, my blogs, etc. while on the road.

To answer Geoff – I uttered this.

Thanks Geoff for giving me the opportunity to participate. I’m now tagging Aimee Kessler Evans, Beth Kanter (who had a fantastic session at PodCamp!), Angela Penny, Tamar Weinberg and Laura Fitton (another Twitter/PodCamp friend, who led a great session first thing Sunday morning – not the best time, but GREAT value).

BTW: Now is Gone – Geoff’s new book with Brian Solis – will be available in 14 days. He and Brian have also put together an accompanying podcast. Download it today.

EDIT: 10.31 (Happy Halloween!)

Angela Penny’s post

Beth Kanter’s answer

Tamar has joined in!

Thanks so much for participating!