Posterous vs. Tumblr
Ever since the word "Twitter" appeared, the whole world seems to have been gripped by the popular micro-blogging service. Previously, bloggers had vented their frustrations and musings on Web sites such as Wordpress.com, or similar places.
Services such as Tumblr and Posterous, sort of 'mini-blogging' as opposed to micro-blogging, have bridged the gap between the world of Twitter, and the world of blogs. In this comparison piece, we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each service, and come to a conclusion. Which one will win? Read on to find out more.
Tumblr is certainly the more popular of the two services; it's very social-oriented, and encourages interaction between you and your fellow 'Tumbloggers'. A main feature of Tumblr is its practically infinite levels of customisation. There are literally thousands of themes available, and Tumblr also gives the user full HTML and CSS customisation options, so you can mercilessly hack the life out of an existing theme to suit your own needs. Those of you who are more confident with hand-coding will also be able to create your own theme from scratch. Tumblr's dashboard gives you seven different media through which you can post: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio, and video. An excellent feature, which means that the user has no doubt about what they can post. Posterous is somewhat ambiguous about what you can post (I'll get to that later).
Where Tumblr really excels is in the social front. There is an entire community of Tumbloggers who are famously active, and whether you're a musician or a scientist, there's a Tumblog to suit you. Personally, I've found a great deal of cycling blogs through using Tumblr that I would never have come across otherwise.
Overall, Tumblr is an outstanding service that allows the user almost limitless levels of customisation, and is so impressive that it will run a stand-alone Web site happily without any issue whatsoever. In fact, if you add your own domain name to your Tumblog, then I'd go as far as to say that you're verging on turning your Tumblog into a free hosting site.
I found Posterous through noticing some post [dot] ly links that some people in my Twitter timeline were posting. Posterous is a much lighter and arguably less intimidating blogging prospect. The majority of Posterous sites that I've seen are image blogs, whereby the user has a main blog (usually running on Wordpress) and have Posterous to host the images that they post, as well as sharing them on sites such as Twitter and Facebook. This brings me onto what I believe is one of the strongest points of Posterous: the deep social integration that is available. In a strange way, Posterous reminds me of Android, where you can share anything on pretty much any social network you can think of. I have my Posterous post to Twitter and Google Buzz each time I post, but you can link it to Facebook, YouTube, MySpace (if you happen to be one of the few who still use it!), LinkedIn, the list goes on and on.Continued on the next page