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September 14 2012


Posterous vs Soup.io

Reposted from listenorshutup-deactivated20120




So I’ve went through both briefly, and both have their advantages and disadvantages.

The biggest advantage both have is that we can still talk to each other and not stay in the white supremacist club that is Tumblr.

So I decided to make a list of pros and cons for both so that people can decide for themselves which they would prefer to use, if not both.  I specifically looked into privacy settings because we’re all very concerned about that.


  • For their privacy settings, you can make your Space public, followers only, or password protected.
  • For comments, you can allow everyone to comment on your posts (and I’m assuming this also includes anonymous posters), only “logged in users” to post, or nobody evar.
  • HOWEVER.  “Logged in users” also includes Facebook and Twitter users.  Any Facebook or Twitter user can still comment on your posts even if they’re not on Posterous, and I would guess that, like on other social networks, your posts will show up on their feed/tweets when they comment.  This might be a concern for those of us who have RL privacy concerns and do not want our family members, friends, past people who’ve harrassed us, etc. posting or commenting on our things and letting RL people know what we’re up to.  I believe if you make your Space “followers and members only,” it can prevent this, but I would not suggest keeping your Space public if this is a concern for you, or just be very vague about who you are so that no one will find you.
  • BUT!  You have the option of moderating comments as they come in.  Any comment not approved by you will not be posted.
  • There is no “reblogging” feature on Posterous, meaning people can only comment, and I didn’t see a way to respond to comments.  This means there’s very limited interaction on this site.
  • There is no way to import your Tumblr blog on Posterous.  They did have import features, but they did away with them, apparently. They’re planning on enabling it…sometime.
  • The site is very simple to use, and the “Reader” is just like the Dashboard on Tumblr
  • Can make certain posts private so that only you will see them
  • Can upload images, audio, video, documents, etc. from your computer and attach them to posts, but there’s no special interface for each like there is on Tumblr
  • Not so sure if, while commenting on a post, you can post with an image or gif (lol sorry glee fans)


  • Privacy settings:  Your blog can either be public, friends only, or stealth (where no one can see you evar).  There’s no worrying about Twitter or Facebook on soup.io. There’s no moderating comments like there is on Posterus, but I don’t believe that non-soup.io users can make comments on your posts.  And if your blog is “friends only,” only friends can see your posts and comment
  • Like Posterous, there’s no “reblogging” on soup.io, either, however, when someone makes a “reaction” to your post, you can respond to them via the dashboard unlike on Posterous, which enables a bit more interaction.  And you can leave images, links, etc. as reactions, so I’m assuming gifs will work.  There is also the “repost” feature which lets you just repost posts (who would have thought?), but there’s no “reblogging” and adding commentary with “repost.”  If you want to add commentary, you have to “react.”
  • OVERCAPACITY!  OVERCAPACITY EVERY 5 SECONDS!  LOL.  Though this is probably because many of us are moving on this site
  • Not as clean as Posterous — the site does look kind of cluttered
  • There’s no certain “dashboard” for soup.io, but you can see pages of your friend’s blogs, friends of friends, and “stalkers”
  • Yes, stalkers.  Anybody who follows you, but you don’t follow them, are called a “stalker.”  And that’s amusing to me.
  • Well, unless you get enough people to follow your blog.  Then, they become “followers” :(.  I liked “stalkers” better.
  • CAN import Tumblr blog onto soup.io, though I’ve personally had some difficulties with it.  Maybe because people are joining.  But it IS possible.  Just try it again when the site isn’t so busy.
  • Though the overcapacity and importing issues might be signs of bad servers
  • No way to make certain posts private (from what I’ve seen)
  • Has a very Tumblr-like interface for posting.  You can make seperate posts of texts, or make separate posts for links, audio, video, quotes, etc.  There are also options to make posts for events and reviews (if you’re a critic or something)

Both of these sites enable you to tag posts.  Also, I’m not so certain about accessibility issues on either site.

This is what I got so far.  Personally, I’m leaning towards soup.io more because I like the privacy settings better (Facebook and Twitter users can comment on my stuff?  lol nooooo.  If soup.io doesn’t work out for me, I might have to have a strict rule about that because NO).  Also, there’s more interaction with others than on Posterous. 

If I missed anything, or if I got something wrong, feel free to say something.

Edited the post to add things/clarify/correct grammar/etc.

All my cries to see you leaving, and you’ll be missed. There’s so many people moving, I might myself, but IDK. If I do, it will probably be just to keep in touch with people. Or something. Hm. But. Hm.

But aahh, you shall be super missed D=

Somewhat fair points, and a good comparison. And Soup doesn't get that much overcapacity THAT frequently (though maybe this review is written before Soup pretty much improved) and lol, the dashboard is in your main page but we have a different dashboard for reposting our friends' posts, and 'stalkers' have now been renamed to 'followers'. And if you follow them back they become 'friends'.

I've always wanted to try Posterous one day, seeing that it's also good and it lets you autopost through email, but since Posterous changed to Posterous Spaces & went all Google+'s Circles-like, I'm not sure if i'll make it a blog or not. And WTH Tumblr isn't a white supremacist place... there are loads of social justice blogs there, Tumblrites are pretty much craving for equality of all kinds in society.

I still think I like Soup better than Posterous, for you can repost and react with gifs & images. Soup FTW.

August 20 2011


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Between TwitterJaikuTumblr and Pownce, everyone has been trying to simplify things as much as possible. Soup.io, the first startup founded by YEurope (a European version ofYCombinator, YEurope is also a VC company that invests in startups in very early stages of development. YEurope and YCombinator are not affiliated in any way), takes microblogging a step further, enabling you to start using the service without even signing up for it.

Of course, to make your microblog/lifestream site public, you need to sign up after all, so this no-signup business is largely there to attract new users, but it's a clever trick that works. Unfortunately, after the signup, Soup.io doesn't deliver enough novelty for us to immediately declare it the new microblogging champion. It mostly resembles Tumblr with some of the Pownce functions, like sending images and videos; it also adds quotes to the mix, but it lacks Pownce's events, and its sleek interface.

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