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    • Posterous<br />User Guide<br />By Deborah Edwards-Onoro<br />Copyright © 2010 by Deborah Edwards-Onoro<br />No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system without the prior written permission of Deborah Edwards-Onoro unless such copying is expressly permitted by federal copyright law. Address inquiries to Deborah Edwards-Onoro at 6524 Durham, Canton, MI 48187 U.S.A.<br />Printed in the U.S.A.<br />All brand and product names mentioned in this manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders, including the following:<br />Adobe Acrobat ®<br />Blogger ®<br />Microsoft Word ®<br />Posterous ®<br />WordPress ®<br />Table of Contents TOC o " 1-3" h z u Introduction PAGEREF _Toc259461628 h 1Creating a Blog PAGEREF _Toc259461629 h 2Step 1: Sending an email message PAGEREF _Toc259461630 h 2Step 2: Viewing your post PAGEREF _Toc259461631 h 3Creating an Account PAGEREF _Toc259461632 h 5Step 1: Adding a site name and password PAGEREF _Toc259461633 h 5Step 2: Completing your profile PAGEREF _Toc259461634 h 7Step 3: Customizing the site name PAGEREF _Toc259461635 h 8Step 4: Customizing the look of your site PAGEREF _Toc259461636 h 9Updating Your Contact Info and Notification Settings PAGEREF _Toc259461637 h 11Logging In and Logging Out PAGEREF _Toc259461638 h 14Resetting Your Password PAGEREF _Toc259461639 h 15Changing Your Password PAGEREF _Toc259461640 h 17Posting via Email PAGEREF _Toc259461641 h 18Autoposting PAGEREF _Toc259461642 h 19Tagging Content PAGEREF _Toc259461643 h 22Method 1: Adding tags when posting by email PAGEREF _Toc259461644 h 22Method 2: Adding tags to published post PAGEREF _Toc259461645 h 23Adding an Image PAGEREF _Toc259461646 h 25Method 1: Attaching file to email message PAGEREF _Toc259461647 h 25Method 2: Adding file within email message PAGEREF _Toc259461648 h 27Adding an Image Gallery PAGEREF _Toc259461649 h 29Adding Video PAGEREF _Toc259461650 h 30Method 1: Adding by direct URL PAGEREF _Toc259461651 h 31Method 2: Adding by attaching file PAGEREF _Toc259461652 h 32Adding Audio PAGEREF _Toc259461653 h 33Method 1: Adding by direct URL PAGEREF _Toc259461654 h 33Method 2: Adding by attaching file PAGEREF _Toc259461655 h 33Adding the Posterous Bookmarklet PAGEREF _Toc259461656 h 35Using the Bookmarklet to Add Content PAGEREF _Toc259461657 h 37Adding images or videos PAGEREF _Toc259461658 h 37Adding text PAGEREF _Toc259461659 h 39Managing Comments PAGEREF _Toc259461660 h 41Finding Other Posterous Bloggers PAGEREF _Toc259461661 h 42Following Other Posterous Bloggers PAGEREF _Toc259461662 h 43Index PAGEREF _Toc259461663 h 44<br />Introduction<br />Posterous is a free, simple-to-use online blogging application that allows you to post content to your own blog by email. As Posterous founders explain, “Posting is dead simple.”<br />Whether you’re a first time blogger or have been blogging for years, Posterous makes it easy for you to create your blog within seconds. All you need is an email address to quickly share text, videos, images, photo galleries, whatever type of content you have, on your blog. <br />No need to know how to write code, create an image gallery or add a video player to your blog. Posterous automatically formats your content correctly, creates a snappy interactive image gallery, and adds Flash players for your video and audio content. <br />Want to share your Posterous posts on your other social media networks? Done! One message sent to Posterous can update your accounts, including the following:<br />blog<br />Flickr<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Xanga <br />other social network accounts<br />Depending on which social networks you’ve added to your Posterous account, you choose which network will be updated when you send your email message. <br />There are lots of features that extend Posterous’s functionality, but I’ll cover the basic ones in this user guide. You’ll learn how to send your first post, create an account, add photos, video, audio, and more.<br />I’ve used several blogging applications, including WordPress, Blogger, and Blogsite. There’s nothing simpler than Posterous.<br />If you’ve been waiting for a quick, intuitive way to start blogging, Posterous is for you! I hope you’ll discover how easy it is to use Posterous, as I have.<br />Creating a Blog<br />Posterous makes it easy to XE " create a blog" create a blog; you simply send an email message to post@posterous.com with content for your first blog post. <br />Step 1: Sending an email message<br />Log in to your email program.<br />Start a new email message.<br />Enter post@posterous.com in the To field.<br />Enter the title of your first blog post in the Subject field.<br />Enter text for your first post in the body of the message (Figure 1).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 1: Create Email Message<br />If you have an automatic signature at the end of your email messages, delete it, or the signature will be included with your post. If you don’t want to remove the signature manually, add the word #end at the end of your post; Posterous will ignore any text found after it.<br />Click Send in the email program.<br />Step 2: Viewing your post <br />Once your email message is received, Posterous publishes your post and sends a XE " welcome message" XE " confirmation" confirmation message (Figure 2).<br />Congrats on publishing your first blog post!<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 2: Confirmation Email Message<br />To view your post, click Your new post in the confirmation message.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 3: Your First Blog Post<br />Creating an Account<br /> XE " create account" XE " account:create" Creating an account in Posterous is optional. You don’t need to set up an account to post to your blog via email. However, there are benefits to setting up an account, including the following:<br /> XE " create account:benefits" XE " account:benefits" having a custom URL (Adding a site name and password on page 5)<br />setting a custom site name (Adding a site name and password on page 5)<br />creating a profile and profile photo (Completing your profile on page 7)<br />setting a password to securely manage and update your blog on page (Adding a site name and password on page 5)<br />posting via web interface (not discussed in this user guide)<br />tagging your posts (Tagging Content on page 22)<br />linking your Posterous account to other accounts, including Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger and more (Autoposting on page 19)<br />subscribing to other Posterous blogs (Following Other Posterous Bloggers on page 42)<br />Step 1: Adding a site name and password<br /> XE " site name:add" XE " password:set" XE " add site name" " See site name: adding" Posterous creates your site name based on the email address using the format http://youremailaddress.posterous.com. But you can modify the site name to whatever you would like, as long as no one else has claimed the name! <br />Open your email program, and in the confirmation message sent from Posterous, do the following:<br />Click get your own in the Setting a Password section. <br />The Set a password page displays in the browser.<br />If you want to change the name of your blog, enter your custom site address (URL) in the Choose a name for your Posterous site field. <br />If the name you’ve chosen is available, a confirmation message displays below the field.<br />If the name you’ve chosen is not available, an alert message displays recommending you select another name.<br />Enter your password in the Enter password field. Be sure the password has at least five characters (Figure 4).<br />You’ve heard it plenty of times, but select a password that is hard for others to guess. For your security, include numbers, special characters and upper and lower case letters in your password. Make it complicated enough that others can’t guess your password, but not so complicated that you can’t remember it. <br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 4: Set a Password Page with Name and Password<br />Click Sign up.<br />The Complete your profile screen displays where you can add information about yourself.<br />That’s it! You’ve created a custom site name and password for your blog. <br />Step 2: Completing your profile<br />Adding information in your profile allows you to share details about yourself with your blog visitors. Do you have an interesting hobby? Or do you want to talk about your work? Add as few or as many details as you like in the XE " profile" Complete your profile screen (Figure 5) using the following steps:<br />Enter your first and last name in the First name and Last name fields.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 5: Complete your profile Screen<br />Enter a XE " nickname" XE " profile:nickname" nickname in the Nickname field (optional).<br />In the XE " profile:add photo" XE " photo:add to profile" Your Photo section, click the Choose button to browse for a photo to upload for your profile (optional). There is no need to resize the photo; Posterous will size the photo for you.<br />Enter information about yourself in the XE " profile:biography" XE " biography" Your Bio field (optional). <br />Your Bio information appears in your profile and on every page of your blog. Add information about your work, interests, and activities that you’re comfortable sharing with others online. <br />Click Next in the bottom right of the page.<br />For now, click Skip in the bottom right to skip the Find Friends and Invite Friends screen. The Manage Your Account screen displays.<br />Step 3: Customizing the site name <br /> XE " site name:customize" XE " site name:URL" XE " URL:custom site name" Posterous uses the name from your email address as the name of your site. For example, if your email address is lee@yahoo.com, the name of your Posterous blog would be Lee’s Posterous. <br />Change the name of your site to something more meaningful with the following steps:<br />In the left sidebar, in the Your blogs section, click the first item, which is the current name of your site. <br />Click the Settings tab.<br />Enter your preferred name in the Site Name field (Figure 6).<br />The Site address field is pre-populated with the URL of your blog (optional). It may already be customized with the name chosen in Step 1: Adding a site name and password on page PAGEREF _Ref257980314 5.<br />Add text in the Site subhead field (optional) to customize your blog with another heading or details.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 6: Settings Screen<br />Step 4: Customizing the look of your site<br /> XE " theme" XE " custom look and feel" " See theme" Posterous has built-in themes that change the font, color, and background of your site. Or, if you’re adventurous and have knowledge of cascading style sheets, you can create your own theme for your site. <br />We’ll take the easy way out, and select one of the built-in Posterous themes using the following steps:<br />Click on the Theme and Customize My Site button in the Look and Feel section .<br />The Customizing screen displays (Figure 7).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 7: Customizing Page<br />Click on the thumbnail image of a theme at the top of the page to review the different themes.<br />Once you’ve selected the theme you want for your site, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and click Save, I’m done.<br />Click Yes in the dialog box asking you to confirm the changes to the site.<br />You’re done! View your site name and theme change by clicking My Posterous in the top right of the page.<br />Updating Your Contact Info and Notification Settings<br /> XE " contact info" From the Contact Info page, you can modify your contact information and manage the notifications sent to you when something happens on your blog.<br />Click Manage in the top right of the page.<br />In the left sidebar, in the Settings section, click Your Account.<br />The Your Contact Info page displays. <br /> XE " contact info:email address" XE " contact info:mobile phone" XE " contact info:notifications" <br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 8: Your Contact Info Screen<br />In the Your Email Addresses section, enter email addresses you would like to use to email posts to your blog in the Email Address field.<br />If you want to add a post by text message, in the XE " mobile phone:add" Your Mobile Phone section, enter your mobile phone number in the Your mobile number field (Figure 9).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 9: Your Mobile Phone Section<br />In the XE " alert" " See notification" XE " notification" Notification Settings section, you can update the settings for the following:<br />when a new post is emailed<br />when someone subscribes to your blog<br />my subscriptions<br />when someone comments/favorites my post<br />when a post needs moderation<br />posts and comments on sites I contribute to<br />Posterous newsletter<br />Modify settings to your preferences via the drop-down menu to the right of each setting (Figure 10).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 10: Notification Settings Section<br />Click Save notification settings.<br />Logging In and Logging Out<br /> XE " log in" XE " log out" It’s easy to log in to your site. Posterous provides two methods to log in from:<br />the Posterous website at http://www.posterous.com/ <br />your website URL at http://myURL.posterous.com/ where myURL is your custom URL or the URL Posterous automatically set up for your blog<br />Navigate to either page and use the following steps to log in:<br />Click Login in the top right of the page.<br />Enter your email address and password (Figure 9).<br />Figure 9: Login Page<br />Click Login.<br />To log out of Posterous, click Logout in the top right of the page.<br />Resetting Your Password<br /> XE " password:forget" XE " forget password" " See password" If you forget your password, use the following steps to reset it:<br />Click I forgot my password at the bottom left of any Posterous log in page. <br />The Forgot your password page displays (Figure 11).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 11: Forgot your password page<br />Enter the email address for the blog in the Email address field.<br />Click Email me.<br />Posterous will send an email message to the submitted email address.<br />Log in to your email program and open the Forgot your password message from Posterous.<br />Click Click here to login in the email message.<br />The Reset Password page displays (Figure 12).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 12: Reset Password Page<br />Enter a new password in the Password field.<br />Click Update.<br />Posterous will update your password and log you into your blog.<br />Changing Your Password<br /> XE " password:change" If you want to stay safe and secure online, change your password periodically. When you’re logged into Posterous, use the following steps to change it: <br />Click Manage at the top right of the page.<br />In the left sidebar, in the Settings section, click Your Account.<br />Click the Change Password tab. <br />The Change Password screen displays.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 13: Change Password Screen<br />Enter your original password in the Original password field.<br />Enter your new password in the New password field.<br />Click Save.<br />Posting via Email<br /> XE " post by email" XE " publish by email" " See post by email" Posting by email is the easiest way to add a post to your blog. To post by email, use the following steps:<br />Send an email message to post@posterous.com from an email address registered for your blog.<br />Enter a descriptive title in the Subject line; the text in the Subject line becomes the title of the post.<br />Enter the post content in the message body. <br />Text in the message body becomes the content of your post. Feel free to add bold, italics, or other styles to the post; Posterous retains the formatting when it publishes the post.<br />URLs included in the message body are automatically converted to links.<br />Files added to the email message are added to the post. Images, video, and audio files display within the post. Video and audio files will automatically have video and audio players with controls added to the blog post.<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous will publish your post and send you a notification email message. If you decide you want to delete the post, the notification message has a link to delete the post.<br />For additional details on adding files to a blog post, see:<br />Adding an Image on page 25<br />Adding an Image Gallery on page 29<br />Adding Video on page 30<br />Adding Audio on page 33<br />Autoposting<br /> XE " autopost" One of my favorite Posterous features is the ability to autopost to a blog or other online accounts. You update Posterous once, and based on your settings, you can update any or all of your online accounts. <br />To post to another online account, all you need to do is add the account details to your Posterous account. As of April 2010, Posterous allows you to link to the following online accounts:<br /> XE " Facebook" Facebook<br /> XE " Flickr" Flickr<br /> XE " Twitter" Twitter<br /> XE " Blogger" Blogger<br /> XE " Livejournal" Livejournal<br /> XE " Movable Type" Movable Type<br /> XE " Tumblr" Tumblr<br /> XE " TypePad" Typepad<br /> XE " WordPress" WordPress<br /> XE " Xanga" Xanga <br /> XE " add a service" XE " add online account" " See autopost" XE " autopost:configure" To add an online account (Posterous calls them services), use the following steps:<br />Click Manage in the top right of the page.<br />In the left sidebar, in the Settings section, click Autopost.<br />The Autopost screen displays.<br />Click the Add a service button (Figure 14).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 14: Autopost Screen<br />The XE " add a service" " See autopost" Add a service screen displays (Figure 15).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 15: Add a Service Screen<br />Click on the icon or name of the service you want to add.<br />The Add an autopost service screen displays (Figure 16).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 16: Add an Autopost Service<br />Click the Add button to authorize the Autopost for the service.<br />After you have confirmed your username and password in the service, the Autopost page will be updated with the service’s configuration settings (Figure 17).<br /> XE " Twitter:messages" Twitter messages use the post title up to 130 characters, and add a shortened url (post.ly) to the blog post.<br /> XE " Facebook:newsfeeds" Facebook profile newsfeeds are updated each time you post to notify your friends. Photos can be autoposted to your photo album.<br /> XE " Flickr:photostream" Flickr photos are added automatically to your photostream. Multiple images attached to the post are posted in the order received.<br /> XE " Blogs" Blogs are updated with all the content; images, music, and files are hosted by Posterous.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 17: Autopost Screen with Twitter Account Configured<br />To autopost to:<br /> XE " autopost:all online accounts" all your online accounts: send to post@posterous.com <br /> XE " autopost:one online account" one online account: send to servicename@posterous.com <br /> XE " autopost:more than one online account" more than one online account: add the character+ in the email address. For example, twitter+facebook@posterous.com will add the post to Twitter and Facebook<br /> XE " autopost: Posterous only" Posterous only: send to posterous@posterous.com<br />Tagging Content<br /> XE " tags" Tagging is a great way to organize your posts and make it easy for you and others to find posts about a particular topic. Posterous offers many ways to add tags to your posts; two methods are described below.<br />Method 1: Adding tags when posting by email<br /> XE " tags:emailed post" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page PAGEREF _Ref257980202 h 18.<br />In the Subject line of your email message, include the syntax ((tag: xxx, xxx)) where xxx is the tag you want to add (Figure 18). <br />Note: the tag syntax is surrounded by double parentheses in the Subject line. Separate tags with commas.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 18: Tags Added to Subject Line<br />Once the post has been published, the tags display to the right of the post (Figure 19).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 19: Post from Email Message with Tags<br />Method 2: Adding tags to published post<br /> XE " tags:published post" Log in to Posterous.<br />Navigate to the post to which you want to add tags. <br />With your mouse, hover over any post content.<br />Above the post title, a menu displays the following options: Edit, Tag, Delete, Autopost (Figure 20).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 20: Post with Editing Menu Above Post Title<br />Click Tag.<br /> XE " tags: edit" In the Editing Tags popup window, enter the tags for the post. Press Enter after each tag name. For example, typing Web 2.0 followed by the Enter key will add the tag Web 2.0 to the post.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 21: Editing Tags Popup Window<br />Close the Editing Tags popup window by clicking the X in the top right of the popup window.<br />Once the post has been published, the tag box displays to the right of the post.<br />Adding an Image<br /> XE " add image to post" XE " image:add to post" XE " photo:add to post" There are two methods to add images to your blog post: one by adding images within the post, the other by adding an image gallery (Adding an Image Gallery on page 29).<br />To add individual images to a post, follow the steps using either of the two methods described below.<br />Method 1: Attaching file to email message<br /> XE " add image:attach file in email message" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page 18.<br />Attach a file to the email message (Figure 22).<br />If you’re adding more than one image file to the message, in the Subject line of the email messages add the following syntax after the text: ((nogallery)).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 22: Email Message with Attached Image File<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes the blog post and automatically adds the image file inline in the post (Figure 23).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 23: Post Created by Email Message with One Attached File<br />Method 2: Adding file within email message<br /> XE " add image:add file within email message" XE " image:add file within email message" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page PAGEREF _Ref257980202 h 18.<br />Embed the image file within the body of the message by copying and pasting the file (Figure 24).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 24: Email Message with Inline Image<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes the blog post and automatically adds the image file inline in the post (Figure 25).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 25: Post from Message with Inline Image<br />Adding an Image Gallery<br /> XE " image gallery" XE " slideshow" XE " photo gallery" " See image gallery" Posterous makes adding an image gallery as simple as attaching multiple image files to your email message. It’s easy to do and there is no limit to the number of images you can add. Posterous creates an attractive, easy-to-use image gallery with thumbnails and navigation. <br />To add an image gallery, use the following steps:<br />Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page 18.<br />Attach multiple image files to the email message.<br />Enter text in the message body (optional).<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes the blog post and automatically creates an image gallery (Figure 26).<br />Note: Once a gallery is published, there is no option to remove images from a gallery, add new images to a gallery, or add captions to individual photos in a gallery. <br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 26: Post with Image Gallery<br />Adding Video<br /> XE " video" Adding video to your post is as simple as adding the video URL to an email message or attaching the video file to the message. What could be easier?<br />If the URL for the video is from an online video website, Posterous embeds the player for the specific video into the post. For example, if you provide a link to a XE " YouTube" YouTube video, Posterous embeds a YouTube player in your blog post. Otherwise it adds a Flash video player.<br />As of April 2010, Posterous automatically embeds the players of the following popular video websites:<br /> XE " Blip.tv" Blip.tv<br /> XE " Hulu" Hulu<br /> XE " Viddler" Viddler<br /> XE " Vimeo" Vimeo<br />YouTube<br />as well as the following video websites:<br /> XE " Brightcove" Brightcove <br /> XE " Dailymotion" Dailymotion<br /> XE " Fliggo" Fliggo<br /> XE " Funny or Die" Funny Or Die<br /> XE " GodTube" GodTube<br /> XE " Google Video" Google Video<br /> XE " Justin.TV" Justin.TV<br /> XE " MixWit" MixWit<br /> XE " Motionbox" Motionbox<br /> XE " Omnisio" Omnisio<br /> XE " Revver" Revver<br /> XE " Seesmic" Seesmic<br /> XE " TED Talks" TED Talks<br /> XE " TeacherTube" TeacherTube<br />Method 1: Adding by direct URL<br /> XE " video:direct URL" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page 18.<br />Type the URL of the video file into the message body (Figure 27).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 27: Email Message with Video File URL in Message Body<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes the post and automatically embeds a Flash video player to play the video in the post (Figure 28).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 28: Post via Email Message with Embedded Video URL<br />Method 2: Adding by attaching file<br /> XE " video:attach file" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page PAGEREF _Ref257980202 h 18.<br />Attach a video file to the message.<br />Click Send in the email program.<br />Posterous publishes the post and automatically embeds a Flash video player to play the video in the post.<br />Adding Audio<br />Like video, adding XE " audio" audio to your post is as simple as adding the audio URL to an email message or attaching the audio file to the message.<br />Method 1: Adding by direct URL<br /> XE " audio:direct URL" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page PAGEREF _Ref257980202 h 18.<br />Type the URL of the audio file into the message body (Figure 29).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 29: Email Message with Embedded Audio File<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes the blog post and automatically embeds a Flash audio player in the post (Figure 30).<br />Blog visitors listen to the audio file within the browser. How nice is that? No need to open another application to listen!<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 30: Post with Embedded Flash Audio Player<br />Method 2: Adding by attaching file<br /> XE " audio:attach file" Follow steps 1-4 of Posting via Email on page PAGEREF _Ref257980202 h 18.<br />Attach the audio file(s) to the email message.<br />Click Send.<br />Posterous publishes your post and embeds a Flash MP3 player for the audio file in the post.<br />Adding the Posterous Bookmarklet<br />You can use the Posterous XE " bookmarklet" bookmarklet to automatically post to your blog text, videos, photos, or other content you find on a webpage.<br />To enable this feature, first you need to add the Posterous bookmarklet to your browser. To do so, use the following steps:<br />Login to your Posterous account.<br />Go to the bookmarklet page at http://posterous.com/help/bookmarklet.<br />Depending on your browser, there are different methods to install the bookmarklet. <br />In Firefox:<br />In the right sidebar of the Posterous bookmarklet page, drag the Share on Posterous image to your browser bookmark bar.<br />In Internet Explorer:<br />In the right sidebar of the Posterous bookmarklet page, right click the Share on Posterous image (Figure 31).<br />Click Add to Favorites in the contextual menu.<br />Confirm you want to add to Favorites.<br />In the Add a Favorite dialog box, select Favorites Bar in the Favorites dropdown menu.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 31: Posterous Bookmarklet Page<br />The bookmarklet displays as a link on the Favorites bar in Internet Explorer (Figure 32) or as a link in the Bookmarks toolbar for other browsers.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 32: Posterous Bookmarklet in Internet Explorer Favorites Bar<br />Using the Bookmarklet to Add Content<br />With the Posterous XE " bookmarklet:add content" bookmarklet installed in your browser (Adding the Posterous Bookmarklet on page PAGEREF _Ref258244294 h 35) it’s one click to add images, text, video, and audio to a blog post. <br />To use this feature, you must be:<br />logged into Posterous, and<br />on a web page that has content you want to post on your blog<br />Adding images or videos<br /> XE " bookmarklet:add image" XE " bookmarklet:add video" Click the Share on Posterous bookmarklet in your Bookmark bar.<br />The Share This on Posterous popup window displays (Figure 33).<br />Posterous automatically titles the post with the name of the web page. If you would like a different title, modify the Title field.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 33: Share This on Posterous Popup Window<br />Posterous automatically detects all the images or videos on the web page and allows you to select which image or video you want to post.<br />Enter your comment on the image or video in the Your comment text box.<br />Optionally, click the Advanced Options link under the Your comment text box to add tags to the post and to select which social media channels to Autopost the new post (Figure 34).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 34: Share This on Posterous: Advanced Settings<br />Click the Post button at the bottom of the page.<br />Posterous displays the Your stuff has been shared! popup window (Figure 35).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 35: Your Stuff has been Shared! Popup Window<br />Click Close this window in the upper right to return to your browser or See your new post now to view the new post.<br />Adding text<br /> XE " bookmarklet:add text" Highlight the text on the web page by clicking and dragging the text.<br />Click the Share on Posterous bookmarklet in your bookmark bar. <br />The Share this on Posterous popup window displays (Figure 36).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 36: Share This on Posterous Popup Window<br />Posterous automatically titles the post with the name of the web page. If you would like a different title, modify the Title field.<br />In the Your Comment text box, enter your comment about the text.<br />Optionally, select Advanced Options under the Your comment text box to add tags to the post and to select which social media channels to Autopost the new post (Figure 37).<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 37: Share This on Posterous Advanced Settings Popup Window<br />Click the Post button at the bottom of the page.<br />Posterous displays the Post has been Shared screen.<br />Click the Close this screen link to return to your browser or the View Post link to view the new post.<br />Managing Comments<br /> XE " comments" If your blog is enabled to accept comments from anyone, comments are published automatically to a post. You can remove comments but you can’t edit comments.<br />To remove comments, use the following steps:<br />Log in to your Posterous account.<br />Navigate to the post that has a comment you want to remove.<br />Scroll down to the bottom of the post where the comment displays.<br />Underneath the last sentence of the comment, click Remove Comment.<br />Finding Other Posterous Bloggers<br /> XE " bloggers:find other" XE " Explore Posterous" On the main Posterous website, check out the Explore page at http://posterous.com/explore/ to find other bloggers (Figure 38). You can: <br />Scroll through the random blog posts in the main content of the page. Reloading the page displays more blog posts.<br />Use Search to find a name, type, tag, or other favorite topic in a post or user name.<br />Select one of the high profile bloggers highlighted in the right sidebar.<br />Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 38: Explore Posterous Page<br />Within the search results, you can order the results by:<br />best match<br />most recent<br />most interesting<br />Following Other Posterous Bloggers<br /> XE " bloggers:follow" Like many other features on Posterous, it’s easy to follow other Posterous bloggers. Once you’ve found a blog you would like to follow (Finding Other Posterous Bloggers on page PAGEREF _Ref258244462 h 41):<br />Click Follow on Posterous in the right sidebar. <br />If you are viewing a specific post on a blog, it’s possible the Follow on Posterous link will not display. Click the title of the blog, typically found at the top of the page, and look for the link.<br />Note: Depending on the theme used for the blog, the link may display in the right sidebar, left sidebar, top, or bottom of the page.<br />Index<br /> INDEX h " A" c " 2" z " 1033" <br />A<br />account<br />benefits, 5<br />create, 5<br />add a service, 19, See autopost<br />add image<br />add file within email message, 27<br />attach file in email message, 25<br />add image to post, 25<br />add online account. See autopost<br />add site name. See site name: adding<br />alert. See notification<br />audio, 33<br />attach file, 33<br />direct URL, 33<br />autopost, 19<br />all online accounts, 21<br />configure, 19<br />more than one online account, 21<br />one online account, 21<br />Posterous only, 21<br />B<br />biography, 7<br />Blip.tv, 30<br />Blogger, 19<br />bloggers<br />find other, 42<br />follow, 43<br />Blogs, 21<br />bookmarklet, 35<br />add content, 37<br />add image, 37<br />add text, 39<br />add video, 37<br />Brightcove, 30<br />C<br />comments, 41<br />confirmation, 3<br />contact info, 11<br />email address, 12<br />mobile phone, 12<br />notifications, 12<br />create a blog, 2<br />create account, 5<br />benefits, 5<br />custom look and feel. See theme<br />D<br />Dailymotion, 30<br />E<br />Explore Posterous, 42<br />F<br />Facebook, 19<br />newsfeeds, 21<br />Flickr, 19<br />photostream, 21<br />Fliggo, 30<br />forget password. See password<br />Funny or Die, 30<br />G<br />GodTube, 30<br />Google Video, 30<br />H<br />Hulu, 30<br />I<br />image<br />add file within email message, 27<br />add to post, 25<br />image gallery, 29<br />J<br />Justin.TV, 30<br />L<br />Livejournal, 19<br />log in, 14<br />log out, 14<br />M<br />MixWit, 30<br />mobile phone<br />add, 13<br />Motionbox, 30<br />Movable Type, 19<br />N<br />nickname, 7<br />notification, 13<br />O<br />Omnisio, 30<br />P<br />password<br />change, 17<br />forget, 15<br />set, 5<br />photo<br />add to post, 25<br />add to profile, 7<br />photo gallery. See image gallery<br />post by email, 18<br />profile, 7<br />add photo, 7<br />biography, 7<br />nickname, 7<br />publish by email. See post by email<br />R<br />Revver, 30<br />S<br />Seesmic, 30<br />site name<br />add, 5<br />customize, 8<br />URL, 8<br />slideshow, 29<br />T<br />tags, 22<br />edit, 24<br />emailed post, 22<br />published post, 23<br />TeacherTube, 30<br />TED Talks, 30<br />theme, 9<br />Tumblr, 19<br />Twitter, 19<br />messages, 21<br />TypePad, 19<br />U<br />URL<br />custom site name, 8<br />V<br />Viddler, 30<br />video, 30<br />attach file, 32<br />direct URL, 31<br />Vimeo, 30<br />W<br />welcome message, 3<br />WordPress, 19<br />X<br />Xanga, 19<br />Y<br />YouTube, 30<br />