I’ve been using Tumblr for several months now as an alternative to a proper blog. Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform which allows you to write quick, short mini-blogs, usually focussing on multimedia, photography, etc. I’m happy with my Tumblr, which I’ve been using as a replacement for this blog, which I’m hoping to relaunch soon on dzierza.com. But I also noticed many of my friends have been using Posterous, which in many ways is very similar to Tumblr, but its unique selling point is the fact that it allows you to post from everywhere via email and then repost to other services.
In other words, you can populate all or most of your social media properties by sending just one email. Send it and Posterous will take care of the rest by distributing the contents of the email to the sites you’ve defined on your profile. You can also select the sites you want to update/notify by simply modifying the email address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org, which will post a picture on your Posterous profile and add it to your Flickr photostream. Sounds clever.
Posterous has also quite a few other nice features, which I’m keen to explore, like automatic galleries created from individual email attachments. I’ll be experimenting with those and hopefully will post an update soon, comparing both services.