Posterous is a cool site that allows you to post content simultaneously to multiple social media sites by email. You can attach almost any document or link and posterous will format it for you correctly and even embed the players if necessary. If you have multiple photos, it’ll even automatically create a gallery and reformat the pictures for online viewing, while retaining the full scale photos so that others can download them.
Today, I’m experimenting with posting to WordPress from email through Posterous. Posterous says they’ll format my YouTube link and embed the player. So, here is that super funny wedding entrance dance video that’s going around right now (only 12 million views to date).
You should be seeing the video in the YouTube player if it worked correctly:
As I mentioned above, the site is good looking. It has the type of modern, clean user interface that I love. Even their emails are nice looking. Looks aside, it’s easy to get started on posterous. They have a super helpful FAQ that answers pretty much any question you might have. They have password protected sites if you’re skittish about having your content in the public domain, and they have group sites where you can add the email addresses of your friends or family for group posting.
Also, if you tweet, this is an easy way to post content that is longer than 140 characters, add photos, etc. and have it all in one place. This is helpful, especially when posting from your smartphone. Currently, my photos go to twitpic, my tweets are texted to Twitter and my Facebook status is updated via the Facebook Blackberry app. Doing all of this via email to posterous could be a huge benefit. Also, you have the option to post selectively to each of the services you’ve added — just by modifying the email address you send to (i.e., email@example.com for a tweet vs. firstname.lastname@example.org for selective post to twitter and facebook only vs. email@example.com for everything).
Though some folks might use this as their blog, because it doesn’t offer all the customization that most bloggers would want, I think posterous would be good as an “unblog” — you know, all the stuff (read: noise, junk, crap) that you want to post and share but don’t really want on your real blog or Facebook.
Anyway, that’s about all I can say right now. I’m going to try out Posterous for a few weeks and see what happens. There are so many features to check out.
Thanks to Ed Richardson who posted a terrific article about Posterous on Social Media Today. http://www.socialmediatoday.com/SMC/112828 It was just the push I needed to get started.
Clicking the send button…now.