Ok, so after reading and following Steve Rubel’s switch to Posterous as his wholly inclusive way of ‘lifestreaming’, I naturally had to try this for myself. While the verdict is still out, I do like the idea that we can minimize not only our content streams and syndication methods, while presenting perspectives in a context broader than a simple microblog. Bravo.
However, a few things still leave me wondering...
With feature sets already similar to tools and utilities like Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook, why wouldn’t these other folks soon offer a similar capability?
How does the Posterous network truly differ from an expansive community like the one found on Tumblr or Blogger?
Will comment streams at some point soon be dynamically enabled (like on FB, FF and Twitter)?
Will the platform index and optimize its own data streams for improved social search?
What’s the exit strategy? (had to ask that one...)
Look, using email as a posting mechanism is just plain smart – aside from the obvious ease-of-use, imagine all the folks out there who are technophobes or are challenged with their media palette. Perhaps the Posterous genius lies in the fact that there is an opportunity to capitalize on an entire market share, and mindshare, of folks who float between the LCD and the so-called “elite”.
One thing’s for sure, I can’t seem to find anything “pre” about Posterous. And after giving Mr. Rubel some guff about his recent move, I soon may stand corrected.