Shuttering of Posterous to disrupt homework postings

As I’ve mentioned, I set up a Posterous site to post homework for my classes each day. I did this in order to help my students always have the assignments available to them in case a question of what was to be done ever arose. It is called “Vogts’ Homework Repository.”

I think it has worked very well, especially since it gave me a place that was exclusively reserved for the homework posting. I even started a Twitter hashtag for it: #teamvogts (Get it? My last name is Vogts. Everyone in my classes are part of my team. Clever, right?). I did this so the students on Twitter could search that and find the postings quickly and without having to follow me if they didn’t want to. Of course, they could have simply navigated directly to the site — http://mrvogts.posterous.com/ — but I wanted to make it as easy as possible for them to access the homework.

This whole process is hitting a snag, though. Lately Posterous has been acting weird. My latest posts aren’t showing up on the home page, but direct links to the posts work. Strange and frustrating. Then I saw this from Posterous:

Posterous will turn off on April 30

Posterous launched in 2008. Our mission was to make it easier to share photos and connect with your social networks. Since joining Twitter almost one year ago, we’ve been able to continue that journey, building features to help you discover and share what’s happening in the world – on an even larger scale.

On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.

Right now and over the next couple months until April 30th, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to http://posterous.com/#backup.
  2. Click to request a backup of your Space by clicking “Request Backup” next to your Space name.
  3. When your backup is ready, you’ll receive an email.
  4. Return to http://posterous.com/#backup to download a .zip file.

If you want to move your site to another service, WordPress and Squarespace offer importers that can move all of your content over to either service. Just remember: you need to back up your Spaces by April 30.

We’d like to thank the millions of Posterous users who have supported us on our incredible journey. We hope to provide you with as easy a transition as possible, and look forward to seeing you on Twitter. Thank you.

Sachin Agarwal
Founder and CEO

Crap. Now what am I going to do? Sure, I can keep using Posterous until April, but what’s the point? I need to come up with a new solution. Now.

I think I have a few options. I could start posting all the homework on this blog, but that isn’t ideal since I want to reserve it for more in-depth thinking and announcements. I have a teacher website, but it would be too cumbersome to be constantly creating new pages or updating the same page for homework. I do have a Tumblr. This could work. I usually prefer to only post quick and fun things to it, though. Or I could just start posting all the homework to Google+. That could be good. It would give me more of an opportunity to truly explore the service. However, it could also greatly annoy my few followers on it. Of course, I could just seek out another service altogether.

Basically, I don’t know what to do. Do any of you have any ideas or a preference? If so, please let me know. In the comments. On Twitter. Via email. By text. I don’t care how you do it, but please give me some advice.

My main thing is that I need to be able to Tweet the posts and continue using #teamvogts.

Students, I would love to hear from you all as well.

Thanks, and I look forward to everyone’s thoughts.