Posterous Groups: Get Your Group On

Blogging tools are getting more sophisticated and feature rich every few months or so. Platforms like WordPress have so many features they’ve stopped being blogging platforms and transformed into Content Management Systems. Even Tumblr has a learning curve. For an average user with or without the knowledge of technology, so many features means added complexity.

Interested in care free blogging that just works? You should definitely check out Posterous then. All you need to you know is how to send an email and Posterous will make you a blogger!

Overview

Posterous lets you run a blog by just sending an email to a preset email address. It’s the no frills blogging service you will come across, ever. To get your content up, all you have to do is send an email and watch it magically show up in your blog. Yes, WordPress and other modern day blogging platforms have a similar feature built in but they are nowhere perfect or simple as that of Posterous.

Overview

Overview

Posterous accepts all kinds of content — text, photos, video, documents etc. — to be sent via email for auto posting. The beauty is, you don’t have to optimize the content before sending it in. For example, if you mail them a photo, it will be automatically resized and posted. Sending a video? They will convert it for optimized viewing on the web, documents get embedded in posts — in short, they will do all the hard work.

As soon as the post is up in your blog, it’s promoted to popular social sites immediately. So if you post once, you post everywhere. Options to send your post to any number of popular sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr are available as well.

Posterous Groups

Creating a New Group

Creating a New Group

Posterous launched the Posterous Groups feature to their service few months ago and they have since then made it their major focus. Posterous Groups is a new feature that helps you communicate privately with your friends, family and colleagues. Every time you post to the group, all members will receive the full content as an email.

Getting Started

Creating a group is as simple as getting a blog post up by simply sending an email. Just send an email to [email protected] and you are up and running. Posterous makes everything uber simple for its users and in particular group administrators. New members of a group don’t to have sign up individually.

Group Details

Group Details

Add the email addresses of people who you want to be in your group and they will become part of the group. This should be a welcome feature that helps you bring technologically challenged people into your digital fold. Every time you post to the group, all your members will receive the full content as an email. They can reply directly to your email and everyone in the group gets the update.

Posts in Email

Posts in Email

Posteous Groups handles rich media as brilliantly as the personal version does. To share photos, a video or audio file, just attach it to your email. All photos are displayed in your emails without attachments and the group’s threaded web view will automatically host and embed videos, audio files or any file that you send. Just address it to Posterous Groups and it will do the right thing.

Privacy

The default privacy setting is set Private in Posterous Groups and you have full control over who sees your photos and who participates in your group. This should comfort people that their content is sent only to the hand picked audience.

Privacy

Privacy

While checking out their web app, don’t forget to give the Posterous Groups iOS and Android apps a try. The group features on the apps are just mind blowing!

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Can blogging get any more easier? Will this feature make you adopt Posterous?


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  • I’ve been using Posterous for personal/journal blogging for a couple of months and it’s been great. I haven’t tried the Posterous groups feature yet, but I can say that using Posterous to blog is very easy and fun, especially when you’re emailing your posts. :)