Tumblr vs. Pinterest

What is the difference between Tumblr and Pinterest?

I have both accounts and use them regularly. For those who have yet to discover these innovative programs that have become so popular in the social media, let me explain the difference to you so you may have a better understanding of their ultimate purposes.

Each website has an “About” page that you can get a brief paragraph about their program.


“Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.”


“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

Here are my explanations:


Tumblr is a customizable blog about your life and interests. Like Pinterest, you can go to other tumblr accounts, as well as any other website, and reblog something you liked. When something is reblogged you can click the image to go back to the original source.  The difference from pinterest is that you can also upload your own work/creativity onto your blog. The nice thing about Tumblr is how you can customize the look of your blog to reflect your own taste and style.

Tumblr Interface
Interface of a tumblr account
Tumblr Edit/Post Page
Interface for editing/posting an image on Tumblr


Pinterest is an online bulletin board about your ideas, interests and inspirations. Like Tumblr, you go to other pinner’s boards, blogs, websites and repin what inspires you. When you click on the image, Pinterest immediately takes you back to the source you pinned it from (also explained above).  Although you can’t directly upload your own work/creativity onto Pinterest, you can easily upload your work/creativity onto your other blog (tumblr, instagram, wordpress, etc.) and then pin it onto your Pinterest board. When someone clicks on your image they will be directed back to your site.  The nice thing about Pinterest is how you can organize all your thoughts. For instance, you can have a board for you company logo inspiration and a separate board for images that inspire you for your next photo shoot. You can have an endless amount of boards ranging from home decor to workout routines. Unfortunately you cannot really customize the look of your Pinterest account. This being said, the titles for your different boards, the way they are organized, and what you have pinned in them reflect your style and taste enough.

Pinterest Interface
Pinterest interface for personal main page
Pinterest Interface
Interface for personalized boards on Pinterest

These are the best explanations I can give for these social networks and their differences. I hope they have been helpful! Now start blogging and/or pinning!

One thought on “Tumblr vs. Pinterest

  1. Great information deal here, can anyone recommend me some pinterest marketing ebook, as pinterest has got an important value for traffic i do want to leverage best from it.. i saw a guide at pinterestboardfollowers.com which claims that you can get 1 million pinterest followers, it is free to download but i am still looking for some reviews as most of the stuff like this is time wastage.

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