I had a few odd moments today to take a closer look at Posterous and I was a little stunned at some of what I found. This program, which sucked me in by being the place which would take an emailed blog post (like this one) and send it to my Twitter, FriendFeed, FaceBook and blog accounts, is starting to look like an extremely well-thought-out — dare I say, next-generation — Social Networking tool.
Here are just a few of the things it says it can do (I haven’t tested these yet but I plan to do so soon):
- post (and host!) images, videos and sound files, including enough intelligence that if you post a link to a YouTube video, it substitutes the YouTube player tuned to that movie in its place
- create an iTunes-ready podcast from an mp3 file attached to your email (I’m anxious to try this one right away; I’m launching a podcast later this year) and/or drop your attached mp3 file into a Web music player right in your post
- allow a private, password-protected blog/site
- create a cool image gallery to go with a post that includes two or more photos (it also resizes images to make them suitable for Web display automatically)
They call this rich content blogging and as far as I know this is the first tool on the market that makes this process so easy. Watch for more comments in coming days and weeks.
"I give thanks for everyone who is contributing to the evolving consciousness of global peace enveloping the world."
That is the closing paragraph of today's "Daily Word" meditation. (Here is the entire meditation.)
Peace is impossible for the world and inevitable for each of us. The key is to get enough individuals to be the peace we want to see in the world. When that happens — not if — the world will find itself suddenly and magically transformed into Peaceful Planet.
Well, it appears that Posterous is the solution to the problem of multi-network posting that I've been seeking. I'm posting this note via my gMail account and it promises to appear on Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed and my brand-new WordPress blog. Posting Nirvana!
I'll want to experiment with things like embedding images and media in an email to see how it handles that more complex stuff, but for now it's cool to have a single way to post to all of those services when I have something I'd like to say on all of them.
I've been looking for some time for a way to post comments in one place and have them automatically update my Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed and my personal Drupal blog. Looks like I might have found it in Posterous. I'm just finishing up round one of my experiment with it and this is the first post I've tried since I set it up to auto-post to those locations. So we'll see what it does with this information.
I'm trying out this service someone told me about as a way to post from email to all my social networks and my blog. If it works, it's what I am looking for.