One of the things I used to love about Technorati was when Dave Sifry would come out with his State of the Blogosphere address to all of us bloggers. It sort of gave us a pie in the sky look at the number of blogs and what was happening on the back end of the blogosphere. Those of us that consider ourselves old timers in the arena could sit back and watch as things began to unfold and we could talk about the good old days. Technorati recently did another State of the Blogosphere that was released at Blog World Expo and CEO Richard Jalichandra was instrumental in getting the word out.
Now there has been a new sphere of influence in new media, and I have been labeling it the micromediasphere. I know that others in my industry like Laura Fitton of Pistachio Consulting who refers to it as “microsharing“, and others are calling it something else like microblogging, but for the most part we are all talking about the likes of Twitter, Jaiku, Plurk, Yammer and up to an including today, Pownce. As of this writing, the folks at Pownce have given their 2 week notice that they are no longer going to be in the game. I know that is a shame for some as they were one company that was well liked by developers and someone that was pushing the others applications to not suck.
I’ll be talking about the State of the Micromediasphere tomorrow on my radio show over at Blog Talk Radio. My show The Social Mediasphere looks into hot topics like these and this is shaping up to be one of those topics. I am hoping to get some guests on the show that can also talk about the State of the Micromediasphere. I am inviting all to participate and give us your opinion and see what we can come up with and how things are looking for the future.
UPDATE: This email just received today from the Pownce people:
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:
Our thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the Pownce community,
The Pownce Crew