When I heard about Posterous, I wondered if we really needed another social media platform. We already have Twitter for small posts and there are a ton of blogging and social bookmarking platforms out there for everything else.
Being curious, I signed up for an account and checked it out. At that stage, this was pretty much all I did, I couldn’t see where Posterous would help me and with 3 blogs, 2 Twitter accounts and a Facebook account, I was pretty busy on the social media side – especially since I have a real job as well.
So fast forward a while and I start to see more people using the Posterous platform. I read a couple of reviews and I start to believe that it might have something going for it after all.
The first thing you’ll note with Posterous is the nice clean page layout. This made me think that it would make a nice platform for a photoblog and that is what I’m going to be using it for. The site will have some iPhone pics of what we are up to along with some favorites from our wedding photo business. My aim is to update the site everyday.
Posts are uploaded by email. Want to upload a photo (or several) attach to the email message. Same with video or documents. You can register as many of your email address as you want with the site and just send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The site takes care of the rest, and puts your images in a nice little gallery if you attach more than one.
There are a couple of features with Posterous I really like. One is that you can use a custom domain, rather than just email@example.com. I happened to have davidholliday.net kicking around so that is what I’m using.
The other great thing is that rather than just trying to compete with the other social media sites, Posterous can compliment them. I’ve set up my account to automatically post my updates to my Twitter and Facebook accounts – there are a lot of others to choose from as well. Posterus is actually the simplest way I’ve found to upload photos to Twitter – better than trying to use Tweetie on my iPhone.
At the moment, Posterous is free. I believe there is a limit of 1GB of storage. The plan is to introduce paid premium accounts in the future that will include unlimited space. As long as the price is sensible, I’d get one of these for sure.
You’ve probably noticed that Posterous has converted me from a skeptic to a fan. Check out my efforts at davidholliday.net. You can get more info and set up you own Posterous site here. It is going to be really interesting to see how the platform develops in the future.
What about you, do you use Posterous or something similar? Do you see the need for a social media platform between blogs and Twitter or are there enough platforms already?