Top Micro-Blogging Tools

The web today isn’t the same web your parents grew up with. Gone are the days of Lolcats and Rickrolls. What’s that you say? … that was 2008. Ah, right. Well, it seems like forever and a day.

Kidding aside, the web transforms at a rapid pace. Daily even. Ten years ago, when everyone was tying up their phone line and using Netscape Navigator, could we really have seen how we would be sharing information the way we do today? Things have even changed greatly since the idea of blogging started to gain momentum.

Today there seems to be no end of ways to publish your thoughts or stream your life. Microblogging is the flavor of the day and no one knows where this is going to stop. And while Twitter has claimed the top spot amongst the tech savvy crowd — and is still booming in popularity and gaining ground with the mainstream — what are the other good options out there?

Spend a little time searching and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Not to fear. We’ve done the work for you and have come up with a nice list of tools, what we think are the best of the rest.

Caveat Emptor

That is to say, reader be warned: Facebook is not included in this post. The overall purpose of the application is not microblogging per se. Even though the status portion of Facebook is similar to Twitter and many of these other tools, it was intended to bring you in touch with friends, old and new. But it is clearly not a blogging tool.

The Cream of the Crop

Tumblr is as easy as they come.

Tumblr is as easy as they come.

Tumblr

I have to admit, I have a bias here. I use Tumblr to run my personal blog.

But there are good reasons for doing so. It’s ease of use, theme-ability, and the community aspects are just the start. With Tumblr you can post 7 different types of content — and do it quickly. It’s very easy to create a theme, even with fairly rudimentary design skills (take my site for example) and there are plenty of great free themes available. Add to these reasons the community aspects — likes and reblogs — and Tumblr is simply fun to use.

Other features: twitter integration, user submissions, post tagging and many others.

Posterous makes great use of email.

Posterous makes great use of email.

Posterous

Another top option, mainly due to the same reasons — ease of use and the different types of content allowed. The key difference here is that you create your posts via email. Attach different types of media to your email and that gets posted as well. You can create one off posts, all with different URL’s or you can set up your own domain and have all your posts aggregated under a common URL (example chrisbowler.posterous.com).

Other features: a bookmarklet, custom domains, integrated Google Analytics and automatic posting to other sites and services such as Twitter and Facebook.

Soup.io is another solid option.

Soup.io is another solid option.

Soup.io

In a similar vein, soup.io is another free service that has a lot of similarity to the first two options. It’s very easy to post your content and allows various forms of media. It also adds an interesting option for grouping your friends. If aesthetics are important to you, soup.io is an option that will appeal to you.

Other features: customization, groups, aggregation of other sites and services.

Friendfeed — aggregator extraordinaire.

Friendfeed — aggregator extraordinaire.

FriendFeed

The team behind this app must have been doing something right as FriendFeed was recently purchased by Facebook. More of an aggregator, this site is built around the idea of connecting with your friends and pulling in your various streams from other web applications. These include popular services like Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, Facebook, YouTube and many more (58 in total).

You can also have all your blog posts included in your FriendFeed stream.

Other features: image uploads, themes and groups.

Plurk gives a unique visual look at your digital life.

Plurk gives a unique visual look at your digital life.

Plurk

This is an interesting service. Your updates are displayed in a horizontal scrollable timeline. All the updates from the people you follow also are displayed in this timeline. Hover over a particular entry (a “Plurk”) and you can view the entirety of its contents. It’s a unique way to view the stream of thoughts from your friends and acquaintances.

Other features: user “Karma”, embedded images or video, comments, and good privacy options.

Too Many to Count

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the services available. These are simply the top five I think stand out in the crowd and have caught my attention over the past two or three years. If you have some other favorites, let me know on the comments or via Twitter.


  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    Here’s the debate I’m having with myself. I run my blog for quite large scale posts, mostly on design related things and I’m un-sure about posting more life oreintated posts, does it really belong there, will the readers be even bothered by it? Should it belong on something in the middle, not Twitter but Tumblr?

    Twitter for quick tiny updates – Tumblr for my life bits and general rants etc… – And my main design blog for, well, design stuff.

    Maybe Tumblr is the answer, does anyone use this same idea or care to lend a hand?

  • http://www.davidturnbull.com David Turnbull

    I’m a fan of Posterous myself. I don’t really use it actively, but I figure it’ll make a good way to keep my family up to date of my travels once I go around the world. :-)

  • http://stream.usarzewicz.org Nathan

    I felt in love with Tumblr few seconds after my first visit to it – it’s simple, yet it has so many features, not mentioning the simple fact like “hey, finally a website allowing me to create my own CSS and put ads” lol.

    Plurk on the other side is something I don’t get it – maybe because I’m not “there” yet when it comes to my social networks heh.

  • http://www.smejemesenainternetu.cz Zábavná videa

    Next Facebook, Twitter. Oh no. What is it… Stop

  • http://computersservicing.blogspot.com/ venkat

    Now yahoo meme.

  • http://www.duellweb.com duellsy

    Another site similar to posterous is http://www.mailasite.com

  • John Cser

    Thank you for the wonderful information.

  • Riley

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!

    I’m Out! :)

  • http://myonlinebusinessstrategy.net Doug

    Tumblr by far is my favorite micro-blog where I can go just to rant and rave about whatever. It is so easy to use. I absolutely love it. I have used Vox some but have grown out of that one and Multiply for pictures is nice. Posterous…..well I’d have to put that one right behind Tumblr. It’s friendly and easy to use and the cool thing is all I have to do is put my thoughts in an email and send it on thru.
    Thanks for the great info here and if I think of more micro blogs, I will be sure to come back and give you a list.

  • http://www.myonlinebusinessstrategyinfo.org Karn Evans

    I am a BIG fan of posterious! Not only is it free it makes a lot of things seim-automated, I love being able to just send an email to posterious for them to distribute for you!

  • http://myonlinebusinessstrategy.co mobsguy

    This is a big help.. Good post!

  • http://myonlinebusinessstrategy.co mobsguy

    Good post!

  • http://gheadshots.org gheadshot

    this is a great post,thanks for sharing those great info about blogging tools.

  • http://www.decluttermyhouse.org/ Vanessa Lee

    I like your post! Keep posting!

  • http://cbcashgrenade.biz Andrew

    thanks for sharing the blogging tools list.

  • http://gsniper2.org Gsniper2

    i’ve never know about these blogging tools before i read this blog.

  • http://googlesniper2system.com/ Gsniper

    From these tools I only used the Tumblr but lately this has been a bit slow.

    Regads.

  • http://www.cheap-floor-lamps.net Lorne

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention identi.ca. I’m a big fan of it, since it’s both dofollow and bilingual (French-English).

  • http://theperfecttoys.com/ Jane K Elvisky

    Awesome list of micro blogging tools, I didnt know at least half of them. I am big fan of posterous though, I am using it daily to post my thoughts online.

  • http://ryusahre.co Linksstop

    It’s top social networks ??? Where FB, Google Plus ??

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