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|Type of site||Micro-blogging|
|Created by||Sean McCullough, Adam Duffy, Ryan Merket|
|Launched||7 March 2008- 5 July 2012|
Making an update on Ping.fm pushes the update to a number of different social websites at once. This allows individuals using multiple social networks to update their status only once, without having to update it in all their social media individually. Ping.fm groups services into three categories – status updates, blogs, and micro-blogs – and updates can be sent to each group separately.
Ping.fm was shut down on 5 July 2012, to be replaced by Seesmic Ping.
Ping.fm was created with the intent of making it as easy as possible to post updates to multiple social networking sites simultaneously.
Open Beta 
After six months of being in closed beta, an announcement was made on 2 September 2008 that would no longer require private invite beta codes to be used to register and use the service. The launch into Open Beta was covered by outlets like Wired, and Mashable.
Comparisons with similar websites 
Ping.fm has been compared favorably to other websites with similar functionality like HelloTxt.
Ping.fm is powered by LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) with some .NET used in the core software. An API allows programmers to apply for an application key in order to develop third party applications. Users must apply for an API key through their user profile.
Supported services 
A user can configure his or her Ping.fm account to aggregate content to the following services:
Note: Google Buzz was discontinued by Google on December 15, 2011.
Acquisition by Seesmic 
Current Support of Service 
Several Ping.fm users have reported a service degradation over the last several months. User submitted support requests are accepted, but are being automatically replied to with a form email stating: "Regarding Ping.fm, several issues have been reported to our team. We have no ETA for a fix, but we assure you that we are working on it. We appreciate your support and patience until we resolve these issues". The tickets are then automatically closed by the support system without any resolution. When the affected user requests additional information beyond the form email, they receive only the same form response and their request is automatically closed.
In May 2012, Seesmic announced in its blog that Ping.fm would be closed in June 2012.
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- Seesmic has been acquired by HootSuite - Seesmic Blog, 6 September 2012
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- Ping.fm centralizes status updates
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- Composer.io is an alternative to Ping.fm that enables you to post to multiple social networks simultaneously.