What Sprred offers is another option to share your thoughts, photos, videos and links. It could be used as a great accompaniment to your main blog, or could be another blogging platform for major online services and products to get messages out to their users. And because of its very simple, easy-to-use interface, it’s the ideal option for the more technologically challenged users amongst us.
To sign up to create a free blog on Sprred, enter your email address, password and username, which will also serve as part of your URL. After you’ve logged in, you’ll be taken to your dashboard, where you can choose a blog title.
Sprred takes a similar approach to Tumblr. Posts are divided into Text, Photos, Videos and Links, but are displayed in a slightly different way. On your home page, all the posts appear in one single feed, but they are separated on the page by category.
Your blog is also tabbed, with each category appearing under it’s own individual tab, allowing visitors to browse each category individually if they so wish. Photos and videos are displayed in a grid, while blog posts and links appear in a list.
When writing new posts, you can publish them immediately, save them as drafts, or publish them privately. Each post can be accompanied by any tags of your choice. When writing new text posts, enter a title for your post, and the text. Text formatting is available for these entries.
When adding new photos, they are uploaded directly from your hard drive and posted on your blog. There is currently no way to link photos that are saved elsewhere on the web, a feature which would probably come in handy.
When adding new videos, the process is exactly the same as photos – uploaded directly from your hard drive. And like photos, you cannot link to videos that are saved elsewhere, which would not only be handy but is pretty much necessary. With both photos and videos, you can’t add captions; so if that’s a dealbreaker, Sprred won’t suit your needs, but the name of the file serves as the title. There doesn’t seem to be any limit on file size that we can tell.
Adding new links is exactly the same as Tumblr – adding the actual link, while the title is automatically generated from the website. You can, of course, change it if you choose to.
Using the Sprred web interface is not the only way you can update your blog. According to the site, you can also update your blog by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org from the email you used to sign up, but the emailed post hasn’t showed up on our Sprred blog so it looks like there are still a few kinks to work out.
For the time being, there are only 3 themes to choose from, the Default baby blue theme, a minimalist white theme, and brown and yellow theme.
Like Tumblr, when it originally launched, there is no way to integrate or accept comments on your blog. Opening up any given post, regardless of category, visitors will have a quick and easy way to share your content through Facebook and Twitter. That, however, is the only form of interaction available on Sprred at the moment.
If you’re also active on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll be happy to know that you can auto-post from your Sprred blog and broadcast all of your latest updates to your followers and friends.
Your Sprred profile is divided into two separate pages. The first page consists of your personal information, your interests, birthday, gender, and an “˜about’ section, amongst other things. The second page consists of your “˜professional’ information, namely your education and work.
Sprred is definitely a step in the right direction, but with a few minor tweaks here and there, it looks like it will be a real contender for bloggers looking for an alternative to Posterous or Tumblr.
Have you given Sprred a try? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.
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