Web 2.0 Wednesday – Posterous

I am posting early because I will be out of town tomorrow. I am very excited about this week’s Web 2.0 tool. Posterous‘s tag line is: The place to post everything. Just email it. So what is Posterous?

Posterous lets you post things online fast using email. You email us at post@posterous.com and we reply instantly with your new posterous blog.

If you can use email, you can have your own website to share thoughts and media with friends, family and the world.

What I love about Posterous is that you can attach any type of document to your email and they will post it for you in blog format. The blog is fully editable and you can choose your own blog name. You can attach documents, photos and even videos. At first glance this product doesn’t seem that special, boy was I wrong! Posterous doesn’t just post your information, it does something special with it.

If you attach one photo (of any size, even direct from your camera!), They will  resize it to a web-friendly size and post it. If you attach more than one photo in the same message, They will automatically create an image gallery.

If you attach a sound file, they will drop the music into a web MP3 player so that your readers can listen to it right there in their web browsers.

Video will be transcoded so you can see it in a flash player right there in your browser. They will even host the file too.

They will also turn any URLs into links. But they will do smarter things with certain links. If you past a link from a site like You Tube, they will automatically turn it into an embeddle You Tube video player. They currently automatically embed players for the following sites: YouTube, Google Video, Hulu, Omnisio, MixWit, Justin.TV, Fliggo, Vimeo, TED Talks, Viddler, Dailymotion, and Brightcove.

Big News, Pay Attention – I noticed that Teacher Tube was not supported. So I emailed them and asked them to support it and this was their response.:

5:01 pm
Hi Heather,

Thank for the email. We’ll add support for teachertube in the next
couple of days for you. We have a lot of teachers using posterous and we
really appreciate that.

Thanks for the email!

2:34 am
done! it’s now supported

This is what I love about Web 2.0 tools. I don’t think I would have gotten that service from a commercial vendor. So I gave it a whirl and it totally works. Thanks to Posterous and Sachin Agarwa for their quick response.

Posterous also offers autoposting to Flickr and Twitter and your RSS feed doubles as an iTunes ready podcast feed. So give Posterous a try. I think it has many possibilities. To see what it looks like in action check out my test Posterous. I uploaded video, images, audio and a SMART Board file.



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