Twitter Acquires Posterous

Just got this in the mail not long ago.

I’m thrilled to announce that Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!

The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier to bring our technology and expertise to hundreds of millions of users around the globe.  Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.

Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.

You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.

Finally, I’d like to offer thanks to everyone, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made Posterous better, and I really appreciate everything you’ve done.

Thanks again and I look forward to building great things for you at Twitter.

– Sachin

So the question on my mind is, why did Twitter acquire Posterous? Is it to compete with platforms like Tumblr? Or, are they thinking of a mashup to become a hybrid of Pinterest?

Well, I guess only time will tell.

Website Review: Churp Churp Redesign

Before I start talking about the new ChurpChurp website, here’s a trick question to the Churpers or even, Nuffies working in ChurpChurp office.

How many times have the ChurpChurp website been redesigned?

5? 10? 1? 3? Well, jump into the time machine thanks to Archive.org and let me show you some of ChurpChurp’s older website designs.

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Still remember this?

Back then everything was kind of flat. And gloomy? Probably because of the darker hues.

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I see the light

It started to look more pleasant thanks to the lighter hues. Then in that white empty box was where you’d see a Slideshare about ChurpChurp and what it was offering to publishers.

But the redesign didn’t end there.

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Mucho better

I’d say this was the most drastic redesign from the previous. The content area was revamped and the focus began moving into campaign sharing. Even the inside of ChurpChurp was streamlined for publishers to access their paid campaigns. In addition, this was the redesign when ChurpChurp’s team implemented the sign in using Facebook.

Then finally, approaching the end of 2011, ChurpChurp’s team introduces a new website design.

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Be-a-u-tee-full

The newly designed ChurpChurp to me is a much cleaner and organized website now. No more feeling of my eyeballs jumping from corner to corner scanning the website. Though like any redesign, they’d still have quirks to think about.

Double sign in with Facebook and Twitter buttons

Maybe they’re trying to save bandwidth. But they seriously should create another button for the sign in with Facebook and Twitter. Just having the header say Sign Up isn’t the same as the button reading; Sign up with Facebook.

Responsive web design for the win

Hell yeah! Great effort from ChurpChurp’s team implementing this to the new website. And if you didn’t know, responsive web design is basically optimizing a website’s layout to the screen resolution. Here’s an example of it on ChurpChurp.

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Left - Desktop / Right - Mobile

The screenshot on the left is my browser resolution at 1024 x 768 and the right is what you would see when viewed on your iPhone in portrait – works in landscape too.

The first screenshot of the new website above is for resolutions larger than 1024 x 768. My browser resolution was at 1680 x 1050 for that view.

For a deeper yet clear explanation about responsive web design, have a read through this article by Smashing Magazine.

Share it like it’s Facebook

One of the interesting additions to this new rendition is the story exploration. Think of WordPress.com and Facebook combined. In WordPress.com it encourages other publishers to read featured blogs.

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Now where have I seen this before?

Like Facebook, when you post a link, it’ll also try to retrieve the first image of the post. Thinking about it, I’m wondering if this is powered by Facebook. Or, did the ChurpChurp technical team manage to come up with a similar script. Hmm…

Hashtag it like a #churp

Honestly, this was a feature I never knew existed and I wonder if it works and how will it work.

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#churp

Apparently, all I have to do is tweet with a link and hashtag it as #churp for it to be posted under ChurpChurp’s stories. Please do let me know if you successfully did it. I’m also going to experiment with this.

Now I’m not sure if it’s because this feature is new, but I believe most of the posts in Stories are right now by the Nuffies. And I’m wondering, how does this compliment their other blog aggregator; Innit?

So, what’s next?

Well, ChurpChurp definitely needs to look through their responsive web design again because it’s not there yet to me. Other than that, maybe Timothy and Ming should look at integrating all the services closer – Nuffnang, ChurpChurp and Jipaban. As right now, each of it stands on its own. But hey, that’s just me living in my spaced out world. 🙂