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Pinterest vs. Tumblr

I'm a fan of both Pinterest and Tumblr but there are certain things I like more about Pinterest than Tumblr and vice versa. I thought I'd try my hand at a very Beautifully Invisible-inspired post. Only those of you who know her will understand what I'm saying ;) Anyhow, without further ado, let us take a look at their differences and similarities, shall we?

Standard or Custom Layout

With Pinterest, every user has the same clean and basic layout that matches the website. I really appreciate the professionalism. This is one reason why I always favored Facebook over Myspace. It can be fun to personalize your space but there are people who make their pages a little too busy for my taste. With that said, I still enjoy having the ability to make edits to my Tumblr. Most of the layouts they provide are simple but with options to change the background, header, adding widgets and simple stuff anyone with basic html knowledge can handle.

Verdict: They both have my vote!

Photo Browsing

Honestly, there have been many times when I've used Pinterest's search bar and because the server was so busy my results wouldn't show. When they do, there are rows and rows of images that pop up and continue to as I scroll down which makes loading time much slower. For me it's not as efficient as when I use Tumblr's search bar. No more than a handful of images show at a time in a single vertical row. My eyes are able to focus and appreciate one image at a time. Once and a while when searching for a specific something I'll use Pinterest because I can see more at once but generally I like to use Tumblr for browsing. Although I will admit that Pinterest has a much larger selection of recipes, DIYs and the like.

Verdict: Tumblr!

Photo Options

Pinterest's Options are as follows:
- "Like" on Pinterest
- Repin
- "Like" on Facebook
- Tweet
- Embed
- Email
- Report Pin
- Add your pin to a category (Not shown)
- Add your own personal text (Not shown)

Tumblr's Options are as follows:
- "Like" on Tumblr
- Reblog
- Publish now or later (Not shown)
- Add tags (Not shown)
- Send to Twitter (Not Shown)
- Add your own person text (Not shown)

Nintey percent of the time I use Tumblr to "like", Tweet and reblog something I've seen. However, I use Pinterest's handy "Pin It" button (which I'll talk more about in a second) on Tumblr to categorize the photo I've liked.

Verdict: Tumblr!

"Likes" or Categories

I've "liked" 3,357 posts on Tumblr and it's a number that continues to grow on a daily basis. The bad thing is, if I want to go back and look at something I "liked" a month ago I have to go page by page searching for that one photo. It's such an inconvenience. Now, If I reblogged that photo I can look at my archives which makes it a little easier. But why go through all the hassle when everything can be categorized on Pinterest? They have separate albums which contain your individual "likes" by categories that you create. It definitely beats browsing all your favorites page by page on Tumblr with all the fashion mixed up with the food, quotes, Disney and random screencaps from your favorite movies and TV shows.

Verdict: Pinterest!

Pins, Tags, and Posting

The "Pin It" option is perfect for whenever you see a photo anywhere on the web and have to save it. A window pops up asking which category you'd like to pin it to, an option to describe your pin, and if you want to send it to Twitter. This handy button sits on your Favorites bar eagerly awaiting to be used!

Tumblr doesn't have a feature like this but they too have something Pinterest doesn't really use. Tags! The majority of Tumblr users use tags every time they post and that's how we find what we're looking for. You can also save tags that are of most interest to you. As you can see above, I currently have Disney, Rachel Zoe and Star Wars. It got a little out of control recently so I toned it down a bit. Since I follow so many people who have the same interests as me it wasn't really necessary for me to have all the saved tags. It's a really great feature though and I love it because it informs you of how many new posts under that tag there have been since your last visit.

Tumblr also has multiple different ways to post and since it's more of a blogging platform than Pinterest is, it makes sense. With a click of a button you can easily add text, a photo, a quote (one of my favorites), a simple link, chat (an open discussion post), audio or a video.

Verdict: That "Pin It" button is mighty tempting :P


I've been a Tumblr girl for a long time and I use it every day. I've used Pinterest a lot more in the last month or two and I've come to notice their differences and similarities and that's why I wanted to share them with you. I've realized that Tumblr is much more like an easy way to blog without really having to write anything at all (although some people do use it this way) and Pinterest is like a large organized e-album. Both are great and completely useful individually but they also work great together (like "pinning" a photo from Tumblr). I've seen both of them used in great ways to inspire people (even blog posts!), to help yourself remember a recipe or a photoshoot idea and I've also seen them expand blog readership. If you're interested, IFB recently posted an article on five ways your blog can benefit from Pinterest that I would highly recommend. You can read it here!

Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest and Tumblr!

My Pinterest
My Tumblr

Do you use both Pinterest and Tumblr or do you prefer one or the other? Do you use them any specific way? I'd love to know!



the Citizen Rosebud said...

Fantastic post! I hope it's in the next LALM round up!

anne m bray said...

Great. Found this through Mz Rosebud.

I'm on both. Both reflect my wide range of interests.
My Tumblr is chaos, like my brain.
My Pinterest is organized, like I am at work.
I plan on sending my students to my Pin Boards.
Only the brave would venture onto my Tumblr. No map there.

Karla said...

Thanks for sharing!

I have to be quite frank.. Tumblr gives me a headache with the million links and reblogs' that at the end are not even blogging.. I usually cannot find the original source of the picture unlike Pinterest. I prefer pinterest as it is more organized. I think Tumblr started as a blog platform and now turned into a photo platform without being open about it like perhaps 'WeHeartIt'... I had a Tumblr but just let it lose in the cyber space.. In my taste I find Pinterest more meaningful as you can connect or follow who ever pinned' something. Just my 2 cents :)

Casee Marie said...

So funny that you posted about this because I was just thinking about them both recently! I'm really liking Pinterest a lot more than Tumblr right now, namely because I use Pinterest with the idea of creating little individual moodboards. And I'm just all about moodboards right now. Whereas Tumblr, for me, is like one giant inspiration board with no particular theme, just a bunch of things I like. I love randomly going through my archives and seeing what I've reblogged or posted over the years, but anymore it doesn't quite fit the bill for how I want to organize my image inspiration. Does that make sense?

And I'm all about the Pin It button, I use that all the time! It seems like Tumblr used to have a "Tumble it" button, but I've tried looking for it more recently and it seems like they either did away with it or...I was dreaming? I hope not. ;)

Heidi said...

Great overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both! I just started Tumblr and I like it so far! I don't have Pinterest but I have heard good things about it. :)

Rachel said...

I used to use Tumblr for picture inspiration, but now I have Pinterest for that I use Tumblr for extra blog content, I much prefer it like that!

Kailey said...

Wonderful post! I have only recently started using Pinterest, but it is very useful and interesting! However, when it all comes down to it, I really am a Tumblr girl :D

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Anonymous said...

Great post..I always want to use either one, but am never sure which one is better!


Kate said...

I love both Pinterest and Tumblr for different reasons, and I use Printerest as a more organisational way of looking at my ideas and thoughts and likes, and use tumblr as just a random collection of images I like! Great post!


I have both, but I rarely use Tumblr and I haven't used Pinterest at all yet! I don't know why, but I just don't care to really use them at this point in my life. I don't feel like I have the time or motivation or need. However, the more I hear about Pinterest the more I become interested. I love that you gave Beautifully Invisible a shout-out, this is definitely up her alley! :)

Catherine said...

Great article ! x

Dan Baker said...

I'd go with Tumblr lol. Guys should check out this new network by the way www.Formvote.com , it's another pretty cool new network.

BOOM said...

Pinterest gets my vote because of the Pin It button... I really, really wish Tumblr had that feature. If it did, I'd go with Tumblr. I teach graphic design and have a lot of boards on Pinterest that I would like to show students, but don't really want them to also see my "personal" boards on Pinterest. So, I have a Tumblr for them to go to, but when I find inspirational images or articles I want on the Tumblr, I wish I could just click "Tumblr this" and it'd be on it!


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