It is December 1, 2008. I sit, staring at my Tweeple just waiting for a chance to reply, and glance over at Twitscoop on Tweetdeck, and what do I see? I see, in trending topics, the phrase: down Pownce shutting. My instant thought was that Pownce had bought someone out and was shutting them down, but my thoughts were soon changed. As I clicked on the phrase, it brought it up to my Firefox window, and went to Twitscoop. I scrolled down to see what had happened.
As you may know, popular micro-blogging site Pownce has been sold to Six Apart, and then was shut down. Pownce was created by internet entrepreneurs Kevin Rose, Leah Culver, and Daniel Burka. The site opened to alpha users on June 27, 2007, and to the public on January 22, 2008. The site was kept up by pro users (who paid for extras on the site) and ad revenue. The site had two full time workers. Apparently this was not enough for the company, and they closed their door as of December 15, 2008.
I have been using Pownce for a long while. I used it way before I knew what a Twitter was. It was advertised on Diggnation, and other popular podcasts at the time of release. Because Kevin Rose was one of the founders of Pownce, it got even more promotion from the media. According to Kevin Rose, on an episode of Diggnation, they had about 500,000 registered members.