Version Reviewed: 3.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Posterous has been around for a few years now offering simplistic but useful blogging functionality. Supporting integrated and automatic posting to other social media tools like Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it's no wonder why people set up accounts with them. It takes out all the effort while ensuring users can network with a wide breadth of different people across different platforms. Now Posterous has switched to a more social network kind of feel in its own right and the new Posterous app shows exactly how it's done for the most part.
To give it its full name, Posterous Spaces represents quite a change much like the website. It's extremely simple to use. There's a Reader section that clearly displays what friends are doing within the service and a tap of Popular opens up a selection of the latest and most popular entries. It's simple to browse entries quickly while a tap of the relevant post opens it up to reveal more information. It's a sign of how eclectic Posterous users can be when at the time of writing, I could view a recipe for baked potatoes, a complicated looking technical data sheet and a photo of someone's child holding a pencil. It's pretty cool.
Perhaps the most exciting addition is the Spaces tab that allows users to create different spaces all under the same account. Public spaces are available but also Private ones are also possible, ensuring that content is only viewed by chosen people. It's potentially a great way to socialize with family members while not worrying about work colleagues seeing things as they could have their own private space.
All the typical features are there such as adding images, blog posts or GPS data. It's all neatly enclosed so nothing feels too difficult to get to grips with. It's not without its flaws however but these seem to be being fixed quite quickly. For instance, last night while reviewing the app, I was unable to add images to any posts without also including location data which I didn't want to do. Fortunately for Posterous and its users, an update this morning appears to have rectified this making Posterous once more simple to use. Indeed, this latest update appears to have improved everything when it comes to speediness.
Teething problems aside, Posterous is a satisfying social networking app. It's easy to use and if it wasn't for having already built up a following on Wordpress, I'd be sorely tempted to swap over to it permanently. The ease in which users can add entries is second to none and there's just enough flexibility too without getting overwhelming.