How Posterous Is Changing Blogging

21222v1-max-150x150WordPress makes blogging simple. Posterous makes blogging easy. In my eyes, simple and easy are different. WordPress is great for many things. For example, I don’t see TechCrunch (Disclosure: I am an employee of TechCrunch) using Posterous to post news online. But I do see people using Posterous for those spur of the moments kind of events.

I’m sure you have all heard that email is dead, but I beg to differ. For me, email is still the biggest form of communication and I often tell people to email, and not to call me. With the phone, I feel like your obligated to reply or answer the phone call. With email, you can save it for later, and reply at your convenience. Anyways, that’s a whole different post. Back to Posterous. Posterous is bringing email back, one post at a time. Posterous’ plan is simple, just like their platform. You want to post something online? Easy. Just email it to And, as of a few weeks ago, thanks to PicPosterous, iPhone users can upload pictures and video from their iPhone to their Posterous blog. Now that’s dead simple, which is why Posterous has gotten so much praise over the last couple of months.

With most blogging platforms, you have to login online, and post your content there. With Posterous, it’s anywhere in the world. And did I mention that Posterous supports almost every type of media file? From documents, to PowerPoint’s, to PDF’s, to music files, to images, to movie files, Posterous supports it all.

Posterous was founded in 2008 by Garry Tan and Sachin Agarwal, and was part of Y Combinator, a startup incubator in Silicon Valley that has incubated startups like Reddit, Omnisio and Zenter. Other successful companies that went through Y Combinator include Loopt,, Weebly and Scribd. That’s just to name a few. CrunchBase has a full list of Y Combinator companies.

My point is that Posterous rocks, and if you don’t have an account, start posting, because you don’t need to sign up! How cool is that? Oh, and you can find my Posterous blog here.

33 thoughts on “How Posterous Is Changing Blogging

  1. Great post Daniel. I definitely think you hit on it right on the mark. I had created a Posterous account a while ago but only recently figured out what I wanted to do with it. Since I do blog on a somewhat serious basis, I don’t think I’d rely on using Posterous as the platform of choice. However, I’ve started using Posterous as a method to post my thoughts “on the go” – meaning things that may or may not be relevant to my original blog PLUS also for when I’m not near my computer, I can post photos, video and others. This is especially helfpul for me as I go to conferences and decide to liveblog the panels and keynotes (it’s a bit hard to do, but good to have if I don’t have my laptop with me).

  2. Thanks, Ken! I think that’s what Posterous is great with as well — your “stuff” on the go. I’m in Lake Tahoe right now, and went on a hike. Right when we got back to our cabin, I uploaded pictures from the hike. It would be much harder to do that on the go with WordPress for example. Posterous just rocks. Kinda like Dropbox 🙂

  3. I’m a fan! Plain and simple.

    I’m a big fan of technologies that make it easier for you to do things. Posterous is one of ’em. It allows me to create multi-media content (from anywhere) and share that content liberally with my network (and across multiple platforms). And THAT’s what I like about it…

  4. Sad to say that I haven’t tried Dropbox, but I do agree with you on Posterous.

    Funny you mention uploading pics of your hike in Lake Tahoe…I was walking down the Great Highway a few weeks ago during one of the Sunday Streets events in San Francisco and took pics with my Blackberry and it was helpful for me to have a place to upload all the photos AND include a story along with it – don’t think I could have done that with Twitpic or Zannel.

  5. Daniel, couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been raving about Posterous since I found them a year ago. I’ve already got myself 5 blogs on Posterous and I can only keep up with them because it’s just *so* easy. In my opinion, their biggest asset is their founders – Sachin and Garry. Super smart and totally down to earth. See my fanboy review of Posterous here:

    Oh and btw, I’m subscribed to your Posterous. Tahoe really is that beautiful 🙂

  6. I like being able to post pictures from my iPhone by emailing them to the posterous email address right from the camera roll without having to go to another application. I have my posterous set up to automatically upload anything I post to facebook & tumblr at the same time so I can easily post to all 3 places at once.

  7. Posterous is a great blogging platform. It is easy to use and they have great customer service. I love the clean appearance and being able to access other interesting blogs with ease. I recommended Posterous to 2 other friends who both started blogs. No complaints here. 🙂

  8. As a bit of a non geek, I was introduced to posterous by a good friend, @LStacey (a full-on geek) and I got to grips with it straight away. (Well how hard can it be to send an email) I’ve never tried using any other blog sites so I really have nothing to compare it to, but I can’t imagine any thing being as quick to set up or easier to use. I will not use any other platform because I have no need to, my posts go direct to twitter and facebook and I sometimes wonder how this non-geek managed to do it. I am parading myself around with all the geeks as a geek and nobody would guess the wiser.

  9. I like everything about Posterous. The founders have been ahead of the pack, and they GIVE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. And …. I just discovered ((nogallery)) … It just keeps on getting better.

  10. Posterous rocks! They are constantly innovating – ex. their latest image uploads in different styles. Gives easy control over content display. We simply love it.

    Here is our Posterous post in which I experimented with image uploads (images and their layout are essential aspects of our business) – Oh BTW, if you like the dragon images – please let us know.

  11. Since i started to use Posterous i found that you are not going to stop blogging anymore you just email it.
    simple and easy and wonderful
    keep going Posterous O.^

  12. Daniel, I can relate to your comments on the versatility of Posterous.

    I just started using Posterous regularly about three months ago. As a loyal and dedicated user of WordPress, my biggest frustration was being able to quickly capture ideas, images, and experiences “on the go”. When I discovered how intelligently Posterous manages content and how easily it connects to WordPress, Flickr, Twitter and other tools I realized Posterous could be the missing link I had been searching for.

    I’m still exploring new ways to use Posterous but there is definitely a ton of potential there.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  13. Hey Daniel,

    Just thought I’d join the chorus of fans raving about posterous.

    I’ve been using the service to share cool things I find for just over a month now and I love it. Posting by email or the iphone app is awesome, though I’ve found the share applet the most useful tool in thier offering. It quickly pre populates media from any web page and boom, post.

    The biggest benefit for me is that it’s simplified my social network posting since it allows me to syndicate to my twitter, FB and a host of other services (should you wish)

    Love it. Rock on man.

  14. Yeah I am affiliated with them and I use Glue myself for many things. We have a few people who volunteer their time to build glue. We have a new version of the Glue service coming out in early 2010. You can read more about the features at

    I guess a few ways Glue is different from Posterous is that Glue provide feeds for you to customize for other sites as well. We’re also branching into many other types of portable feeds like events, single blocks of content and so on.

    One site I built recently on Glue was I donated the time as I wanted to experiment with building a site using Glue on HTML 5. It’s pretty awesome. I’m really loving HTML 5 with Glue and it solves a lot of the custom feed issues we had about using tags semantically. 🙂

    – Jordan

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