24 Feb 2010 3 pm eastern

Tumblr v. Posterous

Business Insider: Why Tumblr Is Kicking Posterous’s Ass

Posted via web from Does This Zeldman Make My Posterous Look Fat?

Filed under: architecture, Blogs and Blogging, Design, Publications, Publishing, Tools

5 Responses to “Tumblr v. Posterous”

  1. Bob Monsour said on

    Au contraire, I’d suggest that Posterous will become the A-K-er over time. With their simplicity of importing from other blog platforms (I moved a small 70-post MTv3 blog to posterous in a most painless manner), to post via email, to a broader set of auto-posting destinations…

    I would agree with some points of the comparison regarding some aspects of the tumblr design, but I think that posterous remains simpler to use.

  2. Jeffrey Zeldman said on


    I use both and currently find Posterous easier to use.

    Neither produces semantic markup. When I quick-blog from Posterous and let the post come here to zeldman.com as well, the markup does not validate and there is not a single semantic element.

    It’s not hard to recode by hand in WordPress, and that’s what I generally do, within a few minutes of sending a post from Posterous.

    Having to do such stuff kind of defeats the purpose of the tool, however.

    Even when I manually write correct, valid, semantic HTML over on Posterous’s site (by clicking the “supplied” content and manually editing it in Posterous), Posterous exports crap markup here—it ignores my painstaking manual corrections, forcing me to make them a second time in WordPress.

    Obviously not a tool I’d use for ongoing serious blogging—that’s what WordPress is for—but a good tool when I’m in a hurry and need to share something in multiple venues after writing it in just one.

  3. DN said on

    Did you post this while visiting Silicon Valley to give a talk about web dev in NYC? It’s the only way I can see more cross-signification happening.

  4. Leandro N. Camargo said on

    So, Zeldman, your one and only point here is about valid markup (reflecting a bad semantics) ? I thought the idea was to discuss the whole thing about each of both tools, regarding design, usability and which one would catch on the fastest and be embraced by the most users.

    In this manner, if you start bugging out because code validation and semantics and ignore what really matters for the end-users, well, maybe you’re missing the real point. Of course, it’s totally worth to say that I guess both services aim to achieve the majority of common cases of bloggers, not the really professional and code-and-standard-quality-concerned bloggers. And yet, at least tumblr seems to have a big social appeal, which is not the purpose of services/softwares (like WordPress) that aim pro-bloggers. That’s where my 2 cents would go to.

  5. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    I made no point here. I linked to an article that made points.

    Read the linked article. That’s where the value is.

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