Ciao, Pownce

It was nice knowing you, Pownce.

The end of Pownce has come amid news Six Apart has acquired it, and it has no plans to keep it running. What Six Apart wanted was Pownce’s people so co-founder Leah Culver and developer Mike Malone will be going to Six Apart to work on a new project. Pownce’s other co-founders, Daniel Burka and Kevin Rose, will remain advisors to Six Apart.

In many respects, it was too bad Pownce didn’t become more popular given it had a richer feature set than Twitter, which has blown away any competitors. For example, you could send large files to friends using Pownce, while Twitter has nothing like that.

It does make you wonder whether Twitter has a stranglehold on the micro-blogging market, or whether there’s still room for someone else (e.g. Tumblr) to become a viable rival. The other scenario is competition may come a different kind of player such as Facebook or Yahoo.

For more, check out VentureBeat.

. Culver has a post on the Pownce blog about the deal, and how her and Malone are joining Six Apart’s engineering team.

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