I’ve been trying out posterous for the last few days, mainly because my friend Steve has raved about it several times. But I’ve also hit a few issues with it, in particular when trying to embed some HTML (badges from other sites etc). I know that isn’t the main focus of posterous, it’s more about “simple posting”, but it’s still a bit frustrating that those things don’t work. So I thought I would give its main competitor tumblr (which several other friends use) a quick try for comparison purposes, and have played around with that this morning and created a blog there

I tried doing some HTML embedding there and had a similar lack of success, though different things worked. On posterous I can display a badge from Google Latitude showing where I am now, but not badges from Tripit or Plancast (relating to where I’ll be, and what I’ll be doing in the future). On tumblr the Plancast badge worked but not the others. Also on tumblr I was able to imbed a flickr badge that didn’t work on posterous. I won’t go into all the details but neither seems very good on this front.

A quick search on reviews of posterous versus tumblr initially seemed to give tumblr the edge – for example these two (from early 2010). However this more recent one (from June) gave posterous the edge. One criticism of posterous in both was its lack of custom themes. However, I have to say I liked the themes in posterous better than tumblr, and much more quickly found one I liked. I found it a bit annoying that in tumblr I had to scroll past loads of paid themes before finding the free ones.

And in general I just like a few other features of posterous better. The way they expand links in emails is cool (in most cases), and their bookmarklet lets you select a photo from a page which the tumblr one doesn’t (at least I couldn’t figure it out from a quick try, and ended up dragging a photo in but tumblr messed up the aspect ratio).

So anyway, my test was far from comprehensive but I’ve decided I’ll stick with posterous for now. In general it just seems more friendly, and I get the impression that they are moving faster than tumblr. If anyone has views on which one is best I’d be interested to hear them!