Soup.io is a tumblelogging service -- an easy multimedia blogging system. Users can easily post a text entry, upload videos, audios, links, photos, reviews and events. When users see something on the web that they would like to add to their Soup, they can simply click on the browser bookmarklet provided by the site to add it. Users can also easily import content from Digg, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, StumbleUpon, Twittr and other social networking sites. The user interface for adding and editing content on Soup.io is very easy to use. When logged in, the user can see their Soup by clicking on the My Soup tab on the top menu bar. They then have the option of editing the existing content, adding new content, or setting the options for their Soup. The Add Soup dialog brings up choices to add text, a link, a quote, an image, a video, a file, a review or an event to the user’s Soup.
The user also has tabs for My Groups, where the user can create and join groups, and My Friends, where the user can find and invite friends to join the site. Using the Options dialog, the user can change the layout, colors and fonts of their Soup, control the Elements shown on their Soup, such as Friends List, Groups and Galleries, and set up automatic importing of content from Digg, Flickr, Delicious, etc. The user can also set up the option to add posts by email and can set up a custom domain name for their Soup if they own one.
Vienna, Austria-based Soup.io was launched in 2008 by Christopher Clay and Lukas Fitti. Christopher Clay is currently Managing Director and Lukas Fitti is CTO.
Competition to Soup.io comes from sites such as Tumblr and Posterous. Both of these sites have simple blogging interfaces like Soup.io. Tumblr has been around for a while and has a larger number of available templates, while Posterous is the easiest site to post to via email. Both of these sites offer more customization than Soup.io, allowing users to edit source code for their pages.
There is almost no learning curve involved in setting up and adding content to your blog on Soup.io – it is one of the easiest blogging or microblogging sites on the web to use. File uploads are quite responsive as well. There is no advertising displayed on the Soup.io site.
Registration is free at Soup.io and is required to set up a blog. The URL of the blog takes the form of username.soup.io. The registration process asks for username, password and email address. Validation of the email address is not required. There is no premium membership offered to the Soup.io site.
Registration is free at Soup.io and there is no premium membership offered to the Soup.io site.
Soup.io is recommended to anyone who is looking for an easy-to-use blogging platform. It has one of the easiest to master user interfaces on the web, and is still quite powerful. The ability to automatically import posts from the major social networking sites makes it a good place to consolidate all of the user’s web content, as does the browser bookmarklet for adding content from any site the uses is visiting. Also, the ability to post via email is convenient.