When I first read about the blogging site Posterous, I will admit that I was not overly excited. The site allows users to create blog posts by simply sending email messages to email@example.com (Try it–the site will automatically create a page for you with your first email.). Certainly easy enough, but not particularly exciting. After giving the site a test run, however, I have changed my opinion completely. Posterous is not only as easy as advertised, but it is a remarkably powerful and intuitive blogging tool with a surprising number of useful tools.
Some of the more notable features of the site:
- Blog via email to a single, easy address. Blog administrators can add additional bloggers simply by adding additional email addresses.
- Add images by inserting as attachments. Multiple images will be turned into a custom gallery, as seen below.
- Add video by either uploading or (even cooler) by simply including the link from YouTube or other video hosting site. Posterous will automatically embed the video.
- Attach documents, .pdf files, PowerPoint files by attaching to email messages.
- Receive and reply to comments posted through email.
There is very little I don’t like about Posterous, now that I’ve tried it out. It would be nice to be able to choose from a variety of templates for a custom appearance, but the site claims to be working on that very feature. The biggest challenge, to some, is that it does require email addresses for student participation. However, given the availability of free, monitored student email through sites such as ePals and Gaggle, this should be an easy issue to overcome. Ultimately, the site’s creators have done a very nice job putting together as user-friendly a blogging tool as I’ve encountered to date.