After using Posterous in the last few weeks more frequenlty, I feel that I like it more than before. It feels right. These are 10 reasons why I like Posterous — and why you should love it, too.
1. Email-friendly, of course
One of the internet feature I regularly check is email inbox. Sometime, I want to post something directly from email sent into my inbox. Posterous is about working directly from the email — web-based email or email clients.
It’s a free service. Right now, I have 1 GB of free storage. Since it does not offer types of account (free or paid account), Posterous said that we can have more than 1 GB if we hit the limit. If I have to pay to get more storage or features, I will consider to subscribe. But, I hope it offers the right price/package. And, we can have multiple Posterous sites using a single email address.
How many social media accounts I have? How to distribute or send something to those service easily — if I want to share something using those services? The autopost feature is just perfect. I can send photos to Flickr, send videos to YouTube, post something to my own blog. But, I can do them all automagically from Posterous. And, I can choose whether I want to share them directly or not. Or, I can share only to specific targets.
4. Send and relax
I don’t have to be bothered with editing or customization process like resizing images, upload media files and embed them to my own blog (if I have a self-hosted blog). Posterous handles all emails sent properly. I sent multiple images, they will be displayed as a gallery-like entry. I send an audio files, it will have an embed audio player. For videos sent, they will be displayed in a video player. I sent a YouTube link, it will be transcoded into an embed player. So, it’s like send and forget.
5. Smart file handling
It’s related to the above reason. Posterous works together — in term of cross-service — with other online services. For example, we can automatically send PDF documents directly to Scribd, but not to my Flickr page. Posterous will recognize uploaded files — as long as we integrate Scribd with our Posterous account.
6. Personalized domain/website address
I can have a personalized domain for my Posteorus page. Right now, my Posterous site is posterous.orangescale.com. So, every photos/images/articles I sent to Posterous will have permanent link with my own domain.
8. Multiple authors and emails
This will be useful for a collaborative site. For example, a group of people want to report something together — from different locations. They can have their own email addresses added to a Posterous-powered site and all emails sent from those addresses to Posterous will go to one (or multiple) Posterous site(s). It depends on the settings.
9. Subscriptions to email
10. I have 9 reasons above :)
The last reasons, I found many useful features I need for now as I mentioned above. Or, this last reason is to complete the list, since I’ve mentioned “10 reasons” in the title? Well, having 9 good reasons is just more than enough. :)