by Brian Solis

Interesting news in the micromedia space today. Just read over at the Pownce Blog that Six Apart has acquired the company and will essentially shut it down – in its current state – on December 15th. Leah Culver and Mike Malone are joining the Six Apart engineering team, most likely to focus on integrating a community infrastructure that ties together the company properties, such as Movable Type, TypePad, and Vox.

In the post, co-founder and developer Leah Culver expressed, “We’re bittersweet about shutting down the service but we believe we’ll come back with something much better in 2009. We love the Pownce community and we will miss you all…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.”


Shot at BarCampBlock, Palo Alto

Good luck Leah and Mike! Stay tuned everyone…

UPDATE (email from Pownce to its users):

We are sad to announce that Pownce is shutting down on December 15, 2008. As of today, Pownce will no longer be accepting new users or new pro accounts.

To help with your transition, we have built an export tool so you can save your content. You can find the export tool at Settings > Export.

Please export your content by December 15, 2008, as the site will not be accessible after this date.

Please visit our new home to find out more: http://www.sixapart.com/pownce

Our thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the Pownce community,

The Pownce Crew

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Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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