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Importing my blog from Posterous - can WordPress do auto-posting to FB, etc.?

  1. With the Twitter buyout of Posterous I'm concerned about the couple of years I've invested in building up my Posterous blog. Right now I'm importing it to my wordpress blog just in case.

    There are so many unknowns though. I tried searching for answers to these questions, but couldn't really find anything:

    1. Does WordPress also have the ability to auto-post to FaceBook and Twitter? One thing I really like(d) about Posterous is the ability to send email to my blog (with tags) and have the post auto-posted to FaceBook, Twitter and Tumblr. So it was a one-stop, easy way to publish everywhere. I know it is possible to set an email address to post to WordPress, but is there a way of then having my entries auto-posted elsewhere?

    2. Can subscribers to my WordPress blog reply with comments by email?

    3. WordPress is currently importing my Posterous post. It says it is also bringing in attachments. So far the status is:

    Posts: 665
    Comments: 871
    Attachments: 387

    Will the attachments actually be stored at WordPress?

    4. This one is a little woolly. I actually started my blog with a self-hosted WordPress blog in my Hostgator account. When I imported that blog to Posterous I believe it just imported references to the attachments instead of the attachments themselves. So I've kept that old self-hosted WordPress blog running so make sure there aren't old broken attachments. I wonder how the WordPress.com import will deal with this.

    5. In fact, I wonder if it is best to just return to my own self-hosted WordPress.com blog at Hostgator. Anybody have any thoughts about that (features only here at WordPress.com, etc.?)

    Thanks!

    doug

    The blog I need help with is douglerner.wordpress.com.

  2. I set douglerner.wordpress.com for my blog when submitting the above post, but it submitted under the name newsharbor anyway. I don't see a way of editing the post, but thought I would mention it.

    Thanks,

    doug

  3. The import finished successfully. Interestingly enough, it appears that even pictures which Posterous didn't import (instead they referred to the previous location) actually seem to be imported and stored now at WordPress.com. If I am interpreting the URLs correctly.

    For example, this old post from 2007:

    http://douglerner.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/edo-no-koku-edo-era-time-keeping/

    has a picture of a timepiece. The image URL seems to be here at wordpress.com. Over at posterous it was actually a link back to my old self-hosted blog at hostgator.

    Am I correct in assuming that WordPress actually got the original media and is now storing it?

    Thanks,

    doug

  4. 1. Does WordPress also have the ability to auto-post to FaceBook and Twitter?
    Publicize is used to share your WordPress.com posts on Facebook, Twitter, Messenger Connect, Yahoo!, and LinkedIn.
    Facebook integration
    Twitter Widget

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/email-notifications/

    5. In fact, I wonder if it is best to just return to my own self-hosted WordPress.com blog at Hostgator. Anybody have any thoughts about that (features only here at WordPress.com, etc.?)
    See here please > WordPress.com vs WordPress.org:The Differences
    See also > On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/ The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/

    Re: your import attachment question see here > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/importing-from-posterous-failing-to-pull-images?replies=4#post-848014

  5. Hi, Timethief. Thank you for your reply.

    With regards to (1) I did discover that since my last post and tested it. It "works" but unlike Posterous it doesn't have a feature to post an image directly to a FaceBook gallery. So people must click to go to the WordPress post itself.

    It also leaves some undesirable text trails, such as this ill-formatted: "Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post."

    With regards to (5), thanks. I will look all that over. I did glance at it earlier. I am already paying for the other hosting, so that part is not an issue. But I am concerned about backups.

    About the import attachment question, I posted a followup to the thread you referred me to. To me it looks like the attachments are actually imported. But maybe I'm misinterpreting the image URL in the post.

    Thanks,

    doug

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