Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm On Posterous

In keeping with my goal of learning some new technology "thing" every weekend, I spent a little time recently learning "posterous," which I had read about several months ago and had been meaning to try. I have also seen some of the bloggers I follow such as Michael Martine, use it as a quick blogging platform when you just want to get something going. In about an hour, I was able to: set up a profile, do some experimental posts, try posts via web posting and e-mail, and set up autoposting with all my social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Blogger (which I am using directly now since I could not find a scheduling option), and Flickr and YouTube. Not bad for an hour.

Posterous is basically a platform that converts e-mails into a blog/web site page. Just set up your free account, your profile, and any preferences, and go ahead and write your e-mail. The subject line serves as the blog title, and the body of the e-mail is the post itself. So, this is a very useful tool for those who want to multitask, communicate with a bunch of people at once, and also post to all your social networks at once by setting up the autopost feature under "Manage My Account," and filling in all the profile information. You can also isolate each social network so your message will only go to those you specify.

Posterous Pros:
  1. Very easy to use and walks you through the steps
  2. Saves time since you can combine e-mail with blogging
  3. Easy to add video, photo, and music links, just include the URL and it automatically embeds the file
  4. Good customer service. I e-mailed a question to the help link, and got an answer in about 20 minutes.
  5. Good subscriber display: when you subscribe to someone else's posterous site, your photo appears and your name will also appear as a nice pop up, so it's great for visibility. Better than Twitter, which has a more limited screen for this.
  6. Good Facebook customization, and you can even set up your own Posterous Tab on your profile page.

Posterous Cons:
  1. Could not find a way to advance schedule blog posts.
  2. Linked In not yet available to autopost to. Apparently they are working on getting permission for this now.
  3. No way to add nav pages so unfortunately will not work as a web site in its own right.
  4. No page aggregator that has a URL to all your social network sites, such as Unhub.
Overall, I give it a 7 out of 10. Have you tried it? What do you think?

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