Posterous

I’ve never been one to only do one thing at a time or in moderation. Therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise to note that I have a number of blogs (I’m not going to mention exactly how many!).

One of the things I’ve been doing with my iPhone is playing around with photo apps. There are a number I like but one that took my fancy is called Instagram – and it’s great because you can post your photo (suitably filtered) to a number of sites including Tumblr and Posterous – for me it’s been a way to ‘backup’ some of my images.

After reading a news  email from Posterous today I thought I’d check some different features out.

I’d already discovered the photo gallery – perfect if you have a bunch of photos you want to display on the same subject (this is an example: http://dragonsinger57.posterous.com/butterfly). Posterous has made it easy to do this by enabling you to email the photos as attachments – whatever you put as the subject line becomes the title (here’s an example of emailed gallery: http://dragonsinger57.posterous.com/disney-memories).

There are also a couple of iPhone apps – PicPosterous which allows you to upload pictures; and Posterous which allows you to upload text, pictures and video. I’ve tested both of these and they worked very well. One thing I’m always worried about is the quality of the speech but it seems to be just fine (see this video: http://dragonsinger57.posterous.com/testing-the-video-function).

The last thing that I’ve tested is the podcast function – this might be the thing that sells it for others. Very simple. I recorded a message using Voice Memo on the iPhone. Then I emailed it to Posterous. Within a minute it was up and ready to listen to – only a short recording – but I’m very impressed. (http://dragonsinger57.posterous.com/podcast-testing)

The sheer ease of this podcasting makes it ideal for a classroom setting. Last year my podcasting was cumbersome and I ended up not doing a lot of it. This year – with posterous – i think it will be a lot easier.

Another feature I haven’t tested but am interested in (Clair/Kirsten/Anyone?) is the group feature – from what I understand you can create a site that is a group site – and once again I think that could be handy for a classroom setting where you have teachers and classrooms wanting to collaborate.

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