How to Use Posterous as an Alternative for Twitter Photo Services

Twitpic used to be my primary method for posting photos from my iPhone.  Several months ago I began researching ways that I could automatically post my iPhone images to multiple sites including Facebook, Flickr, FriendFeed and Twitter. I looked into using Tarpipe, Pixelpipe, and several other services but none of them offered a simple workflow to do this. Then I discovered Posterous which I have found to be the easiest way to do this and have been very happy ever since.

Similarly to myself, today  I came across this post that discusses one users migration from Twitpic to Posterous that I thought was worth sharing. One thing the author doesn’t discuss worth mentioning is that Posterous also offers an iPhone app with extended functionality for posting photos.

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From the post:

I would call Posterous a “mini-blog platform”: just like Tumblr, it allows you to easily post and share your post amongst other users. The niche Posterous fills is that it automates shares your content amongst other social media services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Vimeo, Blogger, WordPress, Xanga and… Twitter.

Unlike Twitpic, Posterous is a blogging platform, so it allows me to customize the look and feel of “my” blog, but also allows me to use my own domain. So I thought: “How about using Posterous as an alternative for Twitpic?”…. And it works like a charm.

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  1. Are you kidding? Did you really even look at Pixelpipe? Posterous is pretty nice, but pixelpipe is dead simple. The number of sites you can send it to far exceeds posterous, and posterous itself is included. The iPhone app is so much better then PicPosterous. I can easily scroll through my Photos, add a title and caption (wish the text field expanded, but you can put a lot of text in there) and upload multiple photos at once. You can't control where you post with PicPosterous, you can with PixelPipe, and it handles blog posts and updates too. Posterous will with email of course, but I fined the short cuts for PixelPipe makes it faster if I want to send to only specific services. You might want to check it out again.

  2. cjlacz, thanks for getting me to try Pixelpipe again. Not sure what happened when I originally tried both the web & iPhone app but I was not impressed and didn't find it overly simple to use. I looked again a for a little bit tonight and both appear to have gotten much better from last time. I will give them both a try. However posting mobile photos are just one of the aspects I like and use Posterous for. I also use it for other things and therefore will probably continue to use it as my primary tool. Tonight they also added autoposting support for their bookmarklet which should open up more doors for my usage.

  3. Well, I agree with that. For photos I think Pixelpipe edges out PicPosterous a bit on the iPhone, but if you need to do anything else posterous probably has an advantage. I thought it deserved a little more love then you were giving it.

  4. Mark, I personally use and love Mobypicture.com especially for its integration with all mobile platforms and most twitter clients.

    Speaking of posterous, people say they use it as their lifestreaming (a-la-friendfeed) but I can't seem to find a way to import data. Is there any?

  5. No Flavio, there is no native way to import into Posterous. However since posts are done by using email I'm sure that a hack could be done to email individual items from an RSS feed. Hmmm…now you got me thinking 🙂

  6. I had tried with direct emailing but it didn't work as there's no way to verify those “secret emails” that services assign you to post. But now that I think about it, FeedBurner delivers emails using your own email address, which can be registered as allowed email on Posterous. No clue how it renders though, worth a test.

  7. Yes, if a service provides a unique email you can add it to your contributors list to allow it to post to your Posterous.

  8. posterous is more of a conduit than an aggregator. the way i understand posterous is that its main function is to disperse, not collect information.

    i use posterous to disperse my updates across the web, including to my wordpress site, which aggregates all my posterouses along with updates from other services into a single lifestream.

  9. i tried the picPosterous ap, and it seemed to make sending photos more difficult.

    the ap appeared to be especially counterintuitive to using posterous as a twitpic replacement because it only sends updates when an album is initially created, not each time a batch of photos is added to the album. the other huge drawback was having to add photos one by one, instead of being able to select multiple photos for a batch.

    is there something i'm missing? it just does not seem functional.

  10. Kelly, I agree with you regarding Picposterous. They don't appear to have added those feautures on the latest update as I would have expected them to. I personally started using email once I realized how to control the auto-posting and hadn't used the iPhone app since. They really need to fix the issues you point out along with adding auto-posting options to make it viable over using email.

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