10 Glorious Reasons Why Tumblr Is Better Than Twitter

Tumblr is cruelly maligned when pitted face to face with Twitter in the public's eye. Here's why everyone is wrong...

As a WhatCulture writer, it would be utterly unethical of me to exploit my position of responsibility, and advertise both my Twitter and my Tumblr. Wouldn't it? No, it would. No excuses. But to be honest, I don't know if you'd bother following me on Twitter. It's been a boring existence for me on the site, as I use it simply as an avenue for those thoughts that weren't interesting enough for Facebook. You see, I believe that Tumblr is a better place, despite its whining, its fangirls, and that self-absorbed lot, as it's a social network where the posts are the celebrity. Sure, we talk about fandoms, fads, bands and bromances like there's nothing else on Earth to keep us occupied, but at least it's the voice of us: Twitter's great for echoing the sentiments of celebrities, but Tumblr's great for having your own opinion. Because whilst I like Twitter, I believe that Tumblr is cruelly maligned when pitted face to face with it. Here are ten reasons why we should value Tumblr a little higher than Twitter...

10. Tweets Are Too Restricting


Let's start with one of Twitter's most famous USPs: the 140 characters. And actually, I'm largely in favour of the 140 limit on Twitter, as it not only keeps things to the point and concise, but it encourages you to use your words for better. Anything that encourages thoughtful editing is good, right? But aren't tweets a bit too restricting? A lot of people have to cut their thoughts into three of four tweets, to start with, but at least on Tumblr, you can write something short and sweet and not worry about your word count. And if you want to write something short and include a picture on Twitter? Sorry, that picture takes up some of your word count too. Unless you shorten your URLs, that's also part of the word count. Tweets should have limits, otherwise you end up with painfully rambling Facebook-esque statues. But to limit everything into 140 characters? Isn't that a bit much?

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