5 Ways to Share Images on Twitter – Use the Posterous API or email to Posterous

Posterous (Posterous reviews): The email-based blogging service Posterous recently noted on its own blog that its API can be used to upload photos to Posterous using just Twitter credentials. Essentially, users can email photos to Posterous, which are then automatically posted to Twitter (and Facebook) in addition to being added to their Posterous blog site.

What a strange article. They list 6 twitter image sharing services but don’t mention us even though we’re already integrated in almost all the leading Twitter apps on the desktop and iPhone.

But then when we are listed under the email section, Josh links to our blog post announcing our Twitpic API. The fact that you can email Posterous and we’ll update your Twitter has nothing to do with that API and has been available almost since we launched last year.

It would also have been nice to mention that we accept multiple images, audio, video, and documents… but hey, any mention is free press for us ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Sachin,I have been using Posterous for a week or two now and I love it. I especially like the ability to update other services (e.g. Tumblr, Flickr etc.). Currently I have configured my Posterous to post to my Tumblr blog. Unfortunately, this process is not automatic. After every post, I have to click ‘Publish to Tumblr’ to reflect the post on my Tumblr blog. Is there a way to automate it?Thanks,Jd

  2. Sachin,I love you guys, but please don’t make the mistake of expecting that other people (including tech bloggers, etc.) automatically get everything about what you guys are doing. This is called "The Curse of Knowledge", that we tend to make assumptions from our own informed/involved state about what other people will understand about the topic we ourselves are expert in (as in your own service that you guys have created from scratch, your baby so to speak).Rule of Branding 101: YOU need to actively communicate to people what you want them to think about your brand. Assume nothing. Obviously, there will still be plenty of room for people thinking in unforseen and surprising ways, but the core message needs to come from YOU. (I.e. send Mashable et al. well-crafted PR/branding releases about new features and the intended use cases/benefits behind them. Again, assume nothing.)If you want to delve into the "curse of knowledge" problem a bit more, read the chapter from "Made to Stick" if you haven’t already.All that said, where is my Posterous custom CSS and sidebar feature? ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

  3. @Ramta Looks like you set up your account under 1 email address, but then you are posting to your site from a different email address. That’s why you need to confirm each post.You should go here and add your other email addresses to your account:http://posterous.com/main/editemails

  4. @Alex The Curse of Knowledge is very dangerous. I hope here at Posterous we don’t, and never well, fall to that.We want to build a product that reaches hundreds of million of people, not a geek tool. So we have to assume the user knows/understands nothing.We build our features around this, making the best decisions we can. If we later get email questions or other feedback and realize the user doesn’t understand what we did, we change it. We never assume we’re right and the user should know.However, this is different. This is coming from a writer who (I assume) focusses about writing about tech.So I have two issues here:1. I know I can’t assume he knows anything about Posterous. But given he’s writing an article about this, one would hope he would do more research about the companies, or maybe even email us "hey can you guys tell me how you work with twitter?" but that’s asking too much i guess2. he should understand tech. And I think that’s where I get really upset when I read the snippet I posted above. It actually doesn’t make sense. The API has nothing to do with email. It’s just bad english. It makes it sound like the email to twitter flow is a result of the new API that just came outI like your idea of sending publications like mashable a release with general info about who we are and what we do, a really simple breakdown of our various features and how they are used

  5. Sachin,I did add different email addresses after I signed up. Anyway, I added them again and it is posting to Tumblr without manual intervention. Thanks, Posterous rocks!RJ

  6. Congratulations Sachin… I checked out Posterous and immediately fell in love with it.. Indeed, mashable article is a bit strange.You have one of the most coolest UX that breaks all the entry thresholds!

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