Posterous is a blogging platform that sought out to simplify the blogging experience- you can email your posts directly to Posterous and it formats everything for you and even autoposts to your social networks. Posterous has recently made a play for business bloggers by creating the option to have multiple authors.
I’ve spent time investigating Posterous because I’ve advocated for them since their launch and brought many many people on board to create their own sideblog, it’s a great platform. It’s my responsibility to understand fully how the offering works since I cover technology AND I recommend the service so frequently.
In communicating with the guys at Posterous in the past, I’d asked numerous questions including if ad servers would be allowed in the future which they had indicated could happen, so I thought after a few months I’d ask about the progress.
I saw Google Ads on a prominent Posterous blog written by Guy Kawasaki and reached out to Posterous to inquire about how that works since I couldn’t figure it out in the settings of my own personal Posterous blog.
“So I asked in the past if embedding Google ads was possible yet and was told you guys were considering it but I don’t see any updates anywhere about it (although Guy Kawasaki has Google ads all over his posterous blog), so I’m wondering what’s up- is it possible and just not on the FAQ or blog yet? 🙂 -@LaniAR”
Sachin Agarwal responded, “sorry, still not available thanks”
I responded, “So is Guy Kawasaki’s blog not really a Posterous? I’m confused 🙁 Thanks Sachin!”
Sachin emailed back, “he has special powers because he is an investor :)”
I don’t care one way or another about Google ads, I’ve never used them on a site of my own before, so it was really a matter of whether or not people I’m referring to Posterous had that option. Is this the way of the future, tech companies choosing celebrity over their users? Twitter’s doing the same thing with insisting on first hand knowing who potential Verified Account holders are before granting them a Verified status. This class divide in the tech industry is growing and if Posterous and Twitter think you’re a nobody, which companies are next to declare their lack of support for their user base?