WordPress 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Justin.tv, 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.