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by Volker Weber

I started publishing what became vowe.net in 2000. Before that, I had a site with my german domain vowe.de, but vowe.net was something new. Hugh Pyle, a Groove business partner, had written a script that published Groove messages to a web site. How cool was that? I was hooked.

Later I experimented with Blogger.com, then with Movable Type. And I am still running an "ancient" version of that on this site. Years later, and the world has changed so much, that I probably wouldn't even bother to install software to run a site like this.

vowe.net is here to stay, but there is so much else going on. I have profiles on Xing and LinkedIn, but I use those strictly as address books.

I use Facebook and Twitter, but only casually. On Facebook I find the applications which force you to sign up somewhat annoying, so I block them on the first request. What I like is the conversation, and how people can comment on status updates. On Twitter, I find people annoying who use it as an IRC replacement and post every minute or so. But I do like it's simplicity.

Now I found something that looks compelling: posterous.com. It brings back the simplicity that got me hooked nine years ago. Send an email with audio, video or photos attached and posterous ads them to your stream. You don't need to worry about storage, sizes, design or such. It. Just. Works. Posterous will also let you post through to other sites, amongst them the aforementioned Twitter and Facebook.

That's what I am using it for now. Every day I come across dozens of odd things on the Internet, that would completely clog up vowe.net. For the time being I will post those to posterous.com and then link those posts from Twitter and Facebook. One of the interesting integration points is that you can comment on Posterous with your Twitter ID and post to Twitter at the same time.

vowe.net is not going away and will not be migrated to Posterous. Instead I am going to link one of my other domains there. See you on

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Comments

FWIW, me too.

Chris Linfoot, 2009-04-06

Seems even better than tumblr ... miss the normal comments there

Martin Hiegl, 2009-04-06

Nice, I really like it! Thanks...

Ingo Seifert, 2009-04-06

"serious.square.jpg" LOL.

(Interessanter Ansatz, muss ich mal ausprobieren. Und sei's nur als Email-Interface für andere Blogs ...)

Kristof Doffing, 2009-04-06

Very interesting. Thanks for the pointer. I like this a lot.

Rob McDonagh, 2009-04-06

Posterous just looks like Tumblr plus some extra integration with Twitter etc. Is it really more innovative that that?

Stuart McIntyre, 2009-04-06

Thanks Volker !

One of the best recommendations I got in the last months or so...

Oliver Barner, 2009-04-06

Are you saying that everything you've been doing so far was preposterous?

Cool name for a site ...

Bernd Juenger, 2009-04-06

Hmm, I just created one, but: 1: skip it, no setup, no sign-up. And then, in step 3, what do you do? Well, sign-up. Of course, how else would it work. Duh!

Joerg Michael, 2009-04-06

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