Way back in 2005 someone said "Email is the universal API". This is what came to my mind when I found out and tried Posterous, a blog-by-email service. I think this service has a lot of potential for casual bloggers, and already has a few rather cool features regarding media embedding.
Blogging by email has always been a core feature of WordPress (or at least I think so, been a user since 1.01) but it has never evolved. You can't assign categories, you can't tag it, you can't embed images or any other kind of attachments. You can't do anything but raw text, which is sort of lame.
I think there are definitely a few features the WordPress folks should steal and improve from Posterous. WordPress has a nice gallery feature, right? Interface it with blog by email. WordPress knows podcast: make things so that when you email an MP3 it's added as a streamlined or downloadable audio track. Basically, WordPress does anything, anything should be doable via email.
A powerful blog-by-email feature would be great for WordPress (and a killer thing to add to wordpress.com too). I'm not always near a web browser with a (non firewalled) internet connection, but I almost always have an email client in the vicinity.
Any thoughts, readers? Did you ever, or would you, use a blog by email feature ?
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