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The feature that will make Posterous better than Edublogs is…

…themes! Or at least backgrounds and the ability to change the colours on your blog home page – à la Twitter.

<<< Rewind! For those who haven’t come across Posterous, it’s a great blogging platform that just works. You can blog by logging into your account as with normal platforms, but the real power of Posterous comes through it’s ability to ‘intelligently’ deal with anything you send to post@posterous.com.

In fact, sending an email is all you need to do to set up a blog in the first place. I love how straightforward it is to use – it certainly sticks to the 7 Essential Guidelines for Functional Design as far as I’m concerned! Text formatting from your email is retained on the blog post, links to YouTube become embedded videos, PDFs and text files become Flashpaper-like previews, and images become galleries. Check out my test posts here and here! :-D

As far as next year and my E-Learning Staff Tutor role, this is perfect for recommending for classroom teacher blogs. It’s just so easy to get stuff up there and online! For students, however, a Twitter-like ability to change colours, backgrounds, etc. needs to be there before they’re likely to be sold on it… :-p

Thanks to @tombarrett and @johnjohnston for making me aware of Posterous!

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  • http://edublogs.org James

    Hi Doug,

    You want editable backgrounds… we’ll get them for you :)

    And actually there are already a whole heap of themes we offer that you can change all the colors and formatting (not to mention provide custom headers on)

    And you can blog by word2007, your iphone or any other service with ease too!

    As ever, we’re open to suggestions!

    Oh.. and we also offer subscribe by email to comments facility… which you could do with offering here ;)

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks James – can’t just see how to change theme?

  • http://edublogs.org James

    Hi Doug,You want editable backgrounds… we'll get them for you :)And actually there are already a whole heap of themes we offer that you can change all the colors and formatting (not to mention provide custom headers on)And you can blog by word2007, your iphone or any other service with ease too!As ever, we're open to suggestions!Oh.. and we also offer subscribe by email to comments facility… which you could do with offering here ;)

  • http://blog.larkin.net.au/ John Larkin

    Doug, I agree. Posteous is excellent. I have been emailing the developers with ideas for future inclusion. They respond promptly. Drop them a line with your ideas. Cheers, John.

  • http://blog.larkin.net.au/ John Larkin

    Doug, I agree. Posteous is excellent. I have been emailing the developers with ideas for future inclusion. They respond promptly. Drop them a line with your ideas. Cheers, John.

  • Guest

    Hello Doug,

    I’ve tried it out, looks good. At conferences and shows you always get a few bloggers blogging throughout the talks and presentations, this would suit them down to the ground! :)

  • boxoftricks

    Hello Doug,I've tried it out, looks good. At conferences and shows you always get a few bloggers blogging throughout the talks and presentations, this would suit them down to the ground! :)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks James – can't just see how to change theme?

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  • http://www.jrowing.com JRowing

    I disagree – my students actually were not bothered by backgrounds – they’d rather save all that for personal blogs and keep the class one clean and sharp.