Over the past two years we have seen an explosion of blogging and micro-blogging platforms take-off. Of course the big names are still there. Most everyone has at least heard about WordPress, Blogger, and Twitter. But have you tried SquareSpace? Posterous? Tumblr? Pinterest?
SquareSpace and Posterous are both online blogging platforms much like WordPress and Blogger and the results are what you would expect a blog to look like. SquareSpace offers more customization while Posterous is purposefully scaled back to minimize distractions.
Tumblr has been around for a little bit but was mostly used by kids. It is set up as it’s own ecosystem so once you are on Tumblr it is super easy to post a photo or a few words of your own or you can browse other Tumblr’s and repost other people’s posts. As Tumblr has become more popular they have developed the backend more so that people can now use a Tumblr blog (or Tumblog) to live blog events, distribute podcasts and more.
Pinterest launched recently and is still invite only (hit me up if you want an invite) but it is growing very fast. Oddly the userbase of Pinterest is divided: In the US it is predominantly women while in the UK it is predominantly men. The basis of Pinterest is creating differently themed boards that you virtually “pin” images you find on the web to and share to those that follow you or your board. While it is not a blog per se, the result is indeed a web log of images you have curated and says something about you.
We will be prepared in the tech room to help you with whatever platform you want to work on or discuss the pluses and minuses of each platform.