Blogging made oh-so-simple

8 August, 2008 at 12:24 pm 9 comments

Blogging these days is not rocket science:  you sign up to a blogging platform, log in, write, and publish. But a new blogging platform launched in June this year makes the likes of Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr look complicated and time consuming.

It’s called Posterous , it works through your email and it’s dead easy.  No registration is necessary: all you have to do to start a blog is send an e-mail to [post at posterous dot com] and within a few minutes you’ll receive a validation e-mail with the URL of your new blog. Here’s mine.  

Multimedia
To start blogging, simply e-mail your post to [post @ posterous dot com].  You can send attachments –pictures, audio or documents –  which will be published on your blog.  It accepts pdf, mp3, jpg, gif, doc and png files.  Unfortunately, Posterous hasn’t made allowance for video attachments yet but if you include a YouTube url, it will immediately imbed the video into your post.   Each user gets 1GB of free space, and there are plans to develop premium features soon.

Furthermore, Posterous lets you publish your podcasts via e-mail onto your blog.  It plays using the site’s flash player or iTunes.

Just remember that you do have the option of registering your Posterous blog and posting directly from the Posterous site.  This way, you can edit your posts with the site’s rich text editor.  

Looks
Posterous is aesthetically pleasing.  It has a uniform theme,  but the clean, neat interface looks better than the usual Blogger and WordPress themes.  Posterous automatically rescales your images and if you attach multiple pictures, it automatically creates a photo gallery, giving your blog an organised and de-cluttered look.

Another plus is that it allows viewers to download a single photo or an entire gallery (in .zip file) in their original sizes.  If your content is copyrighted, you can alter your settings to turn off the download option.

Social Media
Posterous has also dipped a toe into social media by allowing users to autopost updates to Twitter and pictures to Flickr from their site. E-mail your .jpg files and posterous will automatically add them to your Flickr stream.

It also has a social networking capability: users can search for and follow other posterous bloggers, or track posts on particular topics.  The automatically created RSS Feed is also a definite plus.

Cross posting
A revolutionary feature of Posterous is that it allows you to post to existing blogs.  Currently, the service supports WordPress, Blogger, Xanga, Live Journal, Tumblr, TypePad and Movable Type.  Now there’s no need to log onto multiple blogs to post – simply set up your autopost, send one e-mail to Posterous, and your post will be published on your multiple blogs.

Mobile blogging
The biggest advantage of this minimalist blogging platform is that it makes mobile blogging much easier it currently is.  Posterous allows you to blog on the go by simply sending an sms to them.  This service is currently available in the US only, but if they manage to extend it globally, it’s sure to be a hit.

 

Killer App? 
There are numerous blogging platforms that have a larger, established presence on the web but the simplicity of Posterous is what sets it apart from the rest.  It’s just a few months old but it has awesome functionality and potential. Ofcourse, that its developers roll out new features all the time is a definite plus.

My verdict?  Posterous has the makings of the next killer app. When the e-lluminati start raving about it, just remember that you read it here first 🙂

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Garry Tan  |  8 August, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    HI there! Thanks so much for the review. We’re excited to see more people find out about posterous and use it! We’re growing 100% organically and so posterous couldn’t grow without help from great bloggers like you.

    -Garry, cofounder, posterous.com

  • 2. zk  |  11 August, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    hey this is cool but if i remember correctly when I started blogging on Blogger you could always mail your posts to your blog…never used the feature but i know a few friends who did and still do…
    think maybe this is a bit advanced from that…
    thanks for the info though

  • 3. bloggingsocialmedia  |  11 August, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    @Garry… thanks

    @zk: yes, Blogger does allow for mobile blogging but you have to log in, etc to do so. With Posterous, that step is unnecessary and it’s easier because it is done via sms.

  • 4. Tink *~*~*  |  25 August, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I mobile blog with Blogger all the time and I do NOT have to log in at all. You can send text or email to Blogger from your mobile device.

    Another service I like is Utterz. From your mobile devices, you can send text, photos and record a voice message and Utterz will mash them all together and post it to your blog for you.

    Tink *~*~*

  • 5. highwayafrica  |  19 September, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Email to blog is not a new phenomenon – but Posterous is certainly trying to make it easier and cooler. The usefulness of Posterous in our bandwidth scarce context is that email remains the Killer App for African journalists. Setting up a lowband blog via email is a fantastic way to get around bandwidth restrictions and the high costs of Internet cafes where most reporters check the web and their mail.
    Great find Q.

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