The rise of Posterous was fast and glittering. I started using it around January 2010, and never looked back. By far the slickest and best, at everything, it provided a one stop sharing and writing platform with associated media hosting all in a single interface, AND offered multiple ‘autopost’ functionality like no other blogging platform had ever provided before. A seamless user experience, and very pleasing to the eye, both in the creating of the content, and the published article.
I began to use it to feed into my main site (Expression Engine 1.6.9), two subject specific university blog/websites (WordPress 2.5 and Drupal 6), a variety of social media channels (Facebook pages, profiles, Twitter accounts…), and a beta university Elearning site (Expression Engine 2). All with a single click. It all worked (almost) totally reliably, and even provided a tracking system in case it didn’t.
The media hosting was the best. Using Zencoder for images as well as audio and video, it allowed for upload of high res images and inline provision of gorgeous quality good sized images plus the ability to click and download the high res version. Video and audio uploaded quickly and auto comrpessed. Beautiful.
Tagging, publish date control, draft saving, all made so easy in one interface. It truly was a blogging marvel. A lesson to anyone making a user generated content driven application.
I am stunned that Twitter have made the decision to close Posterous down. It’s mad. Why not sell it? Why not develop it on as the Twitter blogging platform? Why not bring some kind of simple monetization to the back end perhaps? So many possibilities, while others struggle so painfully to make anything actually good.
My Posterous sites:
My Exported sites:
(Now on self hosted WordPress)
I loved you, Posterous. I will miss you bigtime.