Blogging-based social network Posterous is taking a page out of Google+'s book with the launch of Posterous Spaces, which offers users more control and simplicity for selective sharing.
These new intuitive privacy controls will allow a user to accommodate the full range of groups in his or her life, such as friends, family, colleagues and others online. The company claims that this will help prevent those "oops" sharing moments where users accidently make public information or content that they want to be private.
Prosterous saw that private group sharing on the site was growing three time as fast as public sharing, and they attributed that to the recent focus on privacy across all social networks. They saw the demand for features that foster selective sharing and took the opportunity to create Posterous Spaces.
Some of the new features include:
- Full sharing control: Posterous Spaces makes it super easy to expand privacy settings and posting options. Managing multiple Spaces can be done from a single dashboard that provides full control over who can see each post. Posts can be shared with a select few individuals or broadcast widely via auto-posting, which reaches 26 services including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and others.
- Permanence: As opposed to a fast-moving stream like many social networking services, Posterous Spaces has a permanent archine of all of your posts and photos for everyone in your Space to enjoy or re-visit at any time.
- Customization: Each user can make his or her Space unique by customizing it's look and feel, as well as linking it to their domain for free.
"Social networks are now embedded in our daily routine, but it's harder to control who sees what you share online and it's forcing us to share less than we'd like," says Posterous founder and CEO Sachin Agarwal, "As a result, mainstream private sharing is still stuck in the inbox,"