Today VentureBeat announced that Six Apart bought Pownce and is going to kill it off. One would assume the Pownce brains are going to work on something at Six Apart that involves microsharing in one capacity or another.
Pownce is probably the second-best-known micro-blogging service around, and its disappearance should solidify Twitter’s supremacy. Of course, Twitter’s challenge has less to do with trouncing the competition and more with making money and attracting users outside the tech crowd — now that it finally appears to have solved its reliability problems.
The tech behind Pownce was rather keen. It simply lacked the fervor of Twitter and the UI elegance of Plurk.
The thing that gets me is, no one seemed to have even noticed. The VentureBeat article didn’t even make it into Techmeme.