Hi. I&#x2019;m Nate. I work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Kansas. This is my first time at SideLight and JCCC. I&#x2019;m grateful to be standing up here and sharing this thing called Posterous with you.
A few months ago, I wrote this in an email and quickly forgot about it, so let&#x2019;s all just soak it in.. into our grey matter...
So what the heck is lifestreaming? It&#x2019;s a running diary of your electronic life. It starts with your electronic birth certificate. Think of pictures, emails, software, quotes, reminders of what to do in the future, et cetera, et cetera.
So let&#x2019;s get started. First, you scan and fax in your driver&#x2019;s license, a second form of ID and a recent utility bill from your current residence. No no no. I&#x2019;m just kidding...
You just send them an email. From any account. To firstname.lastname@example.org.
They&#x2019;ll reply back with a link and you&#x2019;re off to the races.
Here&#x2019;s a rundown of my favorite features:
it&#x2019;s free. which is troublesome for the future, but okay for now.
hosted multimedia! photos, videos, whatever ya got. they do it right. and it&#x2019;s all free. and if you do something weird like attach multiple images to an email, they make an in-page photo gallery out of it and it&#x2019;s notably not crappy.
the commenting works well. anonymous or not, moderated or not, it&#x2019;s all up to you.
Tagging posts is simple and works as one would expect.
As seen on the right there, they have iphone-friendly themes out of the box.
Keep in mind that updates can come from practically anything. including your phone and one-click bookmarklets in your browser.
And lastly, I find this is a great fit for sharing both quick links AND your long-form treatises and pontificatory essays.
One thing I use a lot is &#x201C;private posts&#x201D;. If you want to send in a draft post to be fleshed out later, send an email to email@example.com and you can finalize and publish it using the web interface later.
Another thing I use a lot is their autopost feature. Which hooks into damn near everything.
Here&#x2019;s something I use when I know which audiences I am looking to reach.
Photos emailed to twitter@posterous get hosted to posterous and shared on twitter, but not facebook, livejournal, whatever.
If I have a video I want to archive, but I don&#x2019;t want to share it on my more social sites, I send it to flickr plus vimeo plus youtube at posterous.
And, you get the idea.
Posterous is also perfect for collaborative blogging. You, me and whoever can run multiple blogs just as easily as everything else I&#x2019;ve shown you.
I find this is great for ad-hoc committees, working groups, communities of practice, families, whatever ya got.
Posterous is currently campaigning aggressively to get folks to switch over from other sites. You give them your URL and they start up a new site that is backdated and everything. I think it&#x2019;s an interesting strategy to get people started and invested from the get go.
And if none of this struck you as worth your time, I recommend checking out these notably similar sites...
Which I hear good things about, but haven&#x2019;t really given a chance yet.
Twitter! Which I love almost as much as this mark double-U ess head guy you see there.
And facebook. Which I actively boycott because I think it is the death knell of my generation, but I&#x2019;ve been wrong before... so whatever. Why go with the lesser evil, right?
Finally, there&#x2019;s quite a bit more to posterous. And if you want to become an advanced user, feel free to talk to me about setting up custom domains, redoing the default themes to match your brand, and using google analytics to track your newly found awesomeness.
I will be at the web developers&#x2019; special interest group over in 175 after this. Feel free to harass me and my coworkers over there. And there are some info for your future reference. Thanks!
Posterous SIDLIT 2010
KU–Center for Research on Learning
e program says…
Posterous is a leading blogging platform with
some fantastic social media integration. We
will explore basic “lifestreaming” (posting a
video to Twitter/Facebook from a mobile
phone), collaborative blogging, and advanced
(setting up DNS entries; using Google
Analytics; and customizing themes) use cases.
• A stream or feed of one’s social activity
• Coined at Yale University in 1996 as a
replacement for the desktop metaphor
No setup! Just send an email.
No setup! Just send an email.
• No cost and ad-free
• Hosted video and photo
galleries with pleasant resizing
• Commenting with moderation
and spam ltering
• Quick and easy tagging
• Mobile device friendly
• Update with your phone or
your computer 6
Send an email to