A tipster informs us that Power.com is no more and that the domain name will be sold through an auction that ends on August 17, 2011. Interested parties can pre-register on the hideous, superlative-laden website in order to receive detailed instructions for the auction in May 2011.
Power.com originally made its debut in November 2008 as a site that aggregated data from a variety of social networking sites in a single, Web-based interface.
All our coverage of the company that followed was about litigation: Facebook promptly sued Power.com, after which they were forced to make some changes to the service (they also bumped heads with MySpace at some point).
Power.com then moved to countersue Facebook over data portability back in July 2009, but the lawsuit was dismissed fairly quickly, and a federal judge later ruled that violating a website terms of service is not a crime.
We don’t know much about what happened to the startup, which raised $6 million in funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Esther Dyson, but I assume they simply faded away into obscurity until someone finally decided to pull the plug.
We’ve contacted some of the people who were involved to learn what happened.
Power.com launched in August 2008 for Orkut users and publicly in November 2008. The service lets users log into multiple social networks simultaneously. It also lets users move content from one network to another easily, and contact people across all of their social networks. The company was involved in a lawsuit with Facebook, in which Facebook accused Power.com of violating CAN-SPAM Act. In April 2011, Power.com shut down its service.