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Type of site
|Social network service and Micro-blogging|
|Created by||Sean McCullough, Adam Duffy, Ryan Merket|
|Launched||7 March 2008|
Making an update on Ping.fm pushed the update to a number of different social websites at once. This allowed individuals using multiple social networks to update their status only once, without having to update it in all their social media individually. Ping.fm grouped services into three categories – status updates, blogs, and micro-blogs – and updates could be sent to each group separately.
Ping.fm was created with the intent of making it as easy as possible to post updates to multiple social networking sites simultaneously for free. This service has been discontinued.
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 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.
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
In May 2012, Seesmic announced in its blog that Ping.fm would be closed in June 2012.
- Snyder, Chris (2 September 2008). "Ping.fm is 'Open for Business'". Epicenter from Wired.com. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
- "Status Updating Service Ping.fm Now in Open Beta".
- HootSuite Acquires Seesmic - HootSuite Blog, 6 September 2012
- Seesmic has been acquired by HootSuite - Seesmic Blog, 6 September 2012