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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Posterous : The Simplest Blogging Platform

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A few days back a friend of mine was complaining that her institution does not allow her to logon to Blogger or any other blogging platform, and thus she is unable to continue blogging. The only thing that they are allowed is checking their emails. So I introduced her to Posterous.

Launched in mid 2008 by Sachin Agarwal and Garry Tan, Posterous is the simplest blogging platform available today. I don't say that, Mike Arrington does and I do agree with him. You don't need to create an account, you don't need to login to their website, simply mail your posts to post@posterous.com and you're done. They would instantly reply back with your new posterous at http://yourname.posterous.com. The subject line of your email would be the title of the post, the body of the email would be the content.

What's more, you can even attach photos, video, MP3's, and files. The video would be displayed in a custom Flash player on your blog, the photos as an image gallery and other documents like PDF files would be displayed in a Scribd embedded widget. So the next time you take a snap on your iPhone, the new blog post of that photo is just an MMS away. Moreover, when someone comments on your blog, you would receive an email notification (if you choose to) and you can reply to that comment simply by replying to that post. You can even add a Posterous bookmarklet and start posting using that. It captures the photos, videos and text on a page for you to select, and once you have selected them and written your comments (if any), your next blog post is ready to be published with a single click.

Now if you have started thinking that Posterous is for first timers, then think twice. Some of the biggest names in the industry, including Mike Arrington, Guy Kawasaki also have their blogs on Posterous. And with the plethora of advanced features offered by Posterous, like Google Analytics integration, HTML in blog posts, automatic iTunes-ready podcast feed, autoposting to other sites and blogging platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, Xanga, Twitter, integration with custom domain, one can hardly call Posterous a beginner's blogging platform.

Posterous offers an XML feed for your blog. You can also subscribe to other's Posterous blogs, but for that you need to create an account. Creating an account is pretty simple, give you email id and a password for your login, customize your new blog and you are ready to go. They have a pretty comprehensive FAQ section, still if you need help you need to mail your queries at help@posterous.com.

So what are you waiting for, send an email to Posterous and start posting. You would find my blog here. And if you are a first time visitor on The Chronicles of R, consider subscribing to my RSS feed.


16 Comment:

Car desktop said...

Wow quite a lightweight blog system.

Rein Valdez said...

Thanks for this Posterous blog platform. Gonna try this out. Is this SEO friendly? Thanks

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Rein Valdez : Unfortunately Posterous is not SEO friendly. Although if you want to you can do some offline optimization.

Andrew Hedges said...

I've tried both Posterous and Tumblr and I prefer Tumblr. I don't need the system to set up a login for me that I'm going to want to tweak anyway. Tumblr adeptly handles all types of media in an interface so easy I have my 72 year old dad using it. I loved Posterous until I found Tumblr. :-) The great thing is that these services are pushing the envelope on ease-of-use which benefits everyone in the end.

Sachin Agarwal said...

Thanks for the great write up! We really appreciate it.
-Sachin
cofounder, posterous.com

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@Andrew Hedges : Quite true. After all how many has the patience and the technical knowledge to install Wordpress! It takes the fun away from blogging from many. But thanks to Posterous, Tumblr and such services, that blogging is made easier with each passing day.

@Sachin Agarwal : Thank you.

John Haydon said...

A lot of bloggers use this as a second place to post content that is longer than a tweet, but shorter than a full blog post.

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee said...

@John Haydon : Quite true, the main reason being that people don't understand it's true potential.

Banks That Don't Use Chexsystems said...

After John's comment I made a visit to the website and I saw just what he mentioned: a lot of people use it just for short posts that are longer than what a tweet allows. I thought it would be somewhat crippled, but it looks like a full-fledged blogging solution that has just been made easy to use. I wonder why I haven't heard of it until now. I don't want to sound hyperbolic but it is really good to be able to just write and post without having had to jump through hoops in the first place :-)

Cancer Medication said...

To me, wordpress (blogging) and joomla (cms) are still the best at least till now..

affordable seo services said...

I've never heard of Posterous. I am a huge Blogger fan only as I, just like you, use Blogger. I will tell my friend about Posterous because he is fairly new to the internet. Seems more basic than Blogger.

-Kai

Grants for Convicted Felons said...

I use Wordpress on most of my blogs but will definately check out this as a viable alternative. never heard of Posterous but your blog post definately has me intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia said...

IMHO Posterous is an interesting concept but it is hard to leave WP and Joomla with a huge amount of plugins, modules and components for a simple Blogging device.

Traffic Travis said...

Havent heard of Posterous before!.. Wow, very very good addition to my blog list, thanks!.. Guess there is more out of worpress, blogger, typepad, multiply and livejournal. Probably the simplest blogging device based on my quick check. Simple, fast, lightweight, my main criterias in choosing a software. But is it robusts? Does its simplicity affects its functionality in any way?.. Guess I'll give this one a shot!..

Thanks for posting again!..

James
Traffic Travis - PPC Management Software

Essay said...

Tumblr adeptly handles all types of media in an interface so easy I have my 72 year old dad using it. I loved Posterous until I found Tumblr.

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