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Posterous had an amazing growth spike in December (dustincurtis.com)
63 points by alaskamiller 3088 days ago | hide | past | web | 24 comments | favorite

Anyone else wondering if the mass exodus from Pownce had something to do with this? I am a former Powncer and strongly considered Posterous as a replacement.

Good thinking. I was attributing it to the Stephen Fry temper tantrum, but your suggestion is more logical.

Something equally impressive is Facebook's growth last month, which was around 21% (according to compete). For a six-year old site as massive as Facebook to experience 20% growth in one month is tremendous.

I imagine that it's related to the holidays.

I've evangelized various social webapps to my friends for years: Friendfeed, Tumblr, delicious, etc. Posterous is the first that I've seen immediate understanding, adoption, and excitement among them.

Congrats posterous guys! Thats pretty huge. Would you mind to tell us how :)

Thanks for the support from everyone on Hacker News!

1) Release something fast. Don't wait til it's perfect. Wait til it does one quanta of usefulness, and release.

2) Work on it tirelessly. Every day, all day. Well, take breaks, but you know what I mean. Treat your time as if it were worth $200/hr, because if you're a founder then it really is worth that, and potentially a whole lot more.

3) Communicate with your users. If they email you, you email them right away, as fast as you can. If someone writes a blog post or tweets about you, address their concerns if it's a complaint or problem. It makes a difference.

We're psyched to see how the product has been taken up by users of all backgrounds, from tech savvy to never-blogged-before. Can't wait to see what 2009 holds...

Garry do you think it had anything to do with the Google page rank update? Or what about more people taking photos during the holidays?

For pagerank update, I actually didn't see a significant change when that happened. And most sites see a big dip in December when everyone is home for the holidays and not really getting on the computer.

But it's certainly possible that the latter came into play, especially since we just launched group blogs (and multiple blogs per account) at the time.

A lot of people are starting to use Posterous for group family blogs, and I expect that trend to only increase when we introduce password protected blogs (coming soon)

Thanks for the advice, but I think he meant to ask if there's anything specifically about December which would explain the spike...

Yeah. I was interested to know what caused the spike in December specifically.

The spike itself? Announcing our funding on Techcrunch and the ensuing blog storm. ;-)

EDIT: We also did launch group blogs and multiple blogs per account. That helped quite a bit, (fallentimes jogged my memory below) since we did see people start family group blogs while at home for the holidays. I like to think of people talking about posterous over Christmas ham and egg nog.

Posterous appears to have a very large market for its product. Of course, its practice of releasing often, working hard, and communicating well has helped Posterous find a good product-market fit. But it's worth bearing in mind that lots of companies do 1-3 and still fail---typically because the market just isn't there.

Words to live and die by Garry.

This is because I started using it, obviously.

But seriously, it's dead simple to use, which is why I use it but haven't gotten around to trying 80% of the web startups that come through here.

I also started using it in December.

I hadn't known of it before, and read (perhaps on here) about it and figured that something that could do for blogging what tripit had done to my itinerary was just about perfect for me.

I've barely used it, but I've already evangelised to others about it. It just makes things simpler.

Posterous is great simply because...

1) They took a market which is too complex and made it dead simple...they still have ways to make it even simpler, I have already suggested them to them and they are working on it.

2) They are GREAT communicators, they don't just answer back in some standard way like "We are working on it, we will think about it." They reply really quickly.

3) They just keep on getting better with iterations.

Keep up the good work guys, you've got a fan here!

Congratulations Posterous! It's really renewed my interesting in blogging, and the simplicity is 100% to thank.

Have they really simplified their site design recently? I remember looking at posterous briefly when it was mentioned on here before and thinking "why would I want to post stuff from email?".

Now I look at the site and think "hey, that looks like a simple way to post stuff online". Maybe it's because they don't require signup anymore (I assume they did before).

I'd be interested to what the home page looked like before but the Way Back Machine comes up blank.

The posterous guys are great - and offer a great service.


Yup saw this on the scribd documet that listed all the incubators.



I sent them a Python file but it didn't show up.

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