If you’ve been toying with the notion of starting your own blog but are afraid that it’s too hard to set up and post new content, then posterous is probably just what you’ve been looking for. Posterous allows you to not only create your very first blog post just like you would send out an email, but keeps it that simple every time you want to share something new. To get started, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type your post title in the subject line and add your post text in the body of the email. You can attach photos, MP3 files, and documents. Then hit “send” and you should immediately receive an email from posterous with a link to your new site where your email has magically turned into your very first blog post!
You can continue on creating blog posts by emailing email@example.com but to really have control over your new site, you’ll want to click the link in your email that says, “Click here to set a password for this site”. From there, you’ll be able to create your own URL and add a password so you can edit posts and customize your site a bit more. You can create a short profile and change the name of your site and include a tagline. You can also subscribe to other posterous sites which have been recommended to you. If you included an MP3 in your emailed post, posterous will automatically embed a player on your site. Posterous also recognizes links from YouTube, Google Video, Justin.tv, Vimeo, and Omnisio and will automatically embed the video on your site if you included a link in your post. People can also comment on your posts, which you’ll receive email notification of, and you can reply to comments directly from your email.
Sure, posterous sounds a lot like previously reviewed Tumblr, but it’s a lot less complicated so it has a good chance of getting the attention of users that didn’t jump on the Tumblr bandwagon last year. Here’s my screencast tour of posterous:
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