Saying goodbye to posterous

I really liked  It was a great way to create collaborative blogs and an easy way to get people contributing to a blog who didn’t like the idea that they were “blogging” but didn’t mind sending an e-mail or two.

I used it particularly pleasingly for a couple of applications: Most Interesting, which allows flickr users to submit their “most interesting” picture (as defined by flickr’s interestingness algorithm), together with a little commentary.  It flicked along for a little while with some lovely results.  I also liked using it for the feedback blogs for GovCamp for the last couple of years.  But if you’re having a look at those links in 2020, say, I don’t want you to just find a gravestone to posterous.

In all I’m associated with 22 blogs on there.  I’m now looking at how to move and re-host those that I started, either as part of my own site or on their own.  I think it’s my responsibility to make sure these things don’t end up disappearing just because I happened to choose a platform that later sold out to Twitter (and from there, who knows…?)

So what to do?  There’s a importer so I’m going to start by trying that.  That seems better to me than either waiting for posterous to come up with a solution or for me to fumble around with the API on my own.

In addition, I won’t be posting anything new to posterous, so there’s  a job to do of letting people know that’s the case and to watch out here instead.  At the same time it’s helping me to think about what I’m doing, what I’m writing and what the flows and sinks are that need to be cared for.

To me this is just part of picking up the pieces after a burst of innovation, we’ve learned a lot from using these tools, but we need to move on and build our own solutions when it’s clear that a service provider may not be as reliable as it once seemed.

4 thoughts on “Saying goodbye to posterous”

  1. Whilst I appreciate your use of Posterous for collaborative blogs – and particularly giving people who don’t want to blog access via email – I never really got Posterous as a tool for me.

    It fell between two stools: the “difficulty” of long form blogging (notwithstanding the use of email: I only used that to access your Most Interesting blog, which I loved!) with the restrictions of short form Twitter. This may be because I started blogging on LJ (which I still think was way ahead of its time) and have always felt at home on WordPress.

    With anyone now able to use Facebook, it is easy to see why Posterous felt the need to change, though I didn’t understand its move to “spaces”. And its mobile implementation was awful!

  2. I’d agree that it’s important to embrace innovation and try things out, but to also be able to ensure they survive when proprietary companies come and go – it\’s why I\’m so glad I persevere with self-hosted blogs when so many avoid some of the cost and hassle. Whatever happens as long as I back up, I can restore and continue.

    I\’m always wary of investing too much into anywhere that doesn\’t let me export everything (Twitter and Facebook excepted – sometimes it can\’t be avoided)

    1. I’m still hopeful that in the future Twitter and Facebook can be avoided, or at least worked around, if only because sooner or later, they will fall down too.

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