Tumblr vs Pinterest
Tumblr and Pinterest are both social networks, products of the diversification of social networks that’s been going on pretty much ever since we realized you could use different ones for different purposes. They’re both different, but at their core, they’re apps for looking at things and making friends on.
Differences and Similarities
Both Tumblr and Pinterest have easy post-sharing options, and make it simple to put photos you like on your own profile. All you have to do is click a button to copy the image. They both allow you to make friends and chat with people, like all good social networks should.
However, the two websites are fundamentally different. Pinterest is an image-based social network; Tumblr is a microblogging platform. Unlike Pinterest, it doesn’t have a visual focus. You can post videos, chats, text, and audio on Tumblr as well. Pinterest is more focused and specific, concentrating on one thing it’s good at.
Tumblr Pros and Cons
There’s lots of great things about Tumblr, but a few annoying ones too.
- Unique tagging system: Tumblr users tend to use tags for communication, but you can still search through them pretty easily, then “track” them so you can regularly see when they update. Keeping up is much easier.
- Plenty of communication options: Want to talk to someone? You can reply to a post, send them an ask, or send them a message. Tumblr recently implemented messaging and restored its reply function (which functions like comments, but not quite so public), making messaging options myriad.
- Multiple blogs: You can create a nearly-unlimited number of blogs from your main tumblr. Sideblogs have their own rules, but are easy to set up and use, and easy to delete if you’re done with them.
- Frequent app-breaking updates: The staff is notorious for pushing updates that everyone hates. They change the appearance of the website and app and make things function strangely for a while. You get used to it eventually.
- Not the most intuitive: Tumblr is a little bit hard to get used to. Once you do, you’ll find it as easy as breathing, but there’s a learning curve.
- Hard to filter: The tags are great… But you can only search one at a time. Rumors of a way to look through multiple ones float around periodically, but none of them work for everyone, so you’ll probably have to stick to searching #cute cats instead of #cute cats and dogs.
Besides, it will be useful for you to check out our full Tumblr review here!
Pinterest Pros and Cons
Pinterest is a great app, but it has some vexing features as well.
- Easy organizing: Pinterest makes it nearly impossible to just throw everything on the same board. You’ll be drawn to organize more clearly and cognizantly, making it easy for you to find your references.
- Specific searching: Searching for something on Pinterest can be very detailed, and multiple search terms can be quite easily employed. Though there’s no tagging, you’ll probably be able to find what you want.
- Public commenting: Unlike Tumblr, you can actually post comments, rather than reply, to posts, and then reply to those comments easily.
- Fussy interface: Pinterest isn’t very much fun to use on a browser particularly; in general, it could be a lot easier to put things on your boards.
- Poor messaging: The messaging system, recently implemented, is not the best. Although it works for the purposes you probably need it to, it’s not very easily-accessed. You’ll most likely wind up doing your talking on Facebook.
- Messy dashboard: The feed on Pinterest is not very clean. Recommendations are mixed with posts from people you’re following.
The Verdict: Tumblr or Pinterest?
Overall, Tumblr is a slightly better choice if you’re going to download only one of these apps. Tags on your blog can function almost like pins, so you’ll still be able to reference them. Both take some getting used to, but you’ll be able to use either without much trouble.