Buttondown

Buttondown vs. Bulletin

Facebook's new newsletter tool is a risky endeavor.

Facebook has made a bit of a habit out of short-lived experiments. Remember their Snapchat competitor? What about their Medium competitor?

There's no question that Facebook can make a good product. The question is twofold:

The reason that the newsletter ecosystem is so vibrant and freeing is that you don't have to rely on any one tool. At the end of the day, you own your audience and you can do whatever you'd like with them. Buttondown is a tool committed to empowering authors and writers — Facebook's Bulletin is not.

Feature Buttondown Bulletin
Free for your first thousand subscribers Because it shouldn't take a credit card to get a newsletter off the ground.
Free archives Because sometimes you don't want your newsletters to disappear into the ether.
Drag and drop image uploading Images are uploaded quickly and securely.
Smart embeds Embed tweets, Youtube videos, and more just by dropping in the link.
Autosaving Never worry about accidentally closing a tab ever again.
Paid subscriptions Buttondown makes it easy and painless for you to get paid for your newsletters. Want to have a free tier? That's possible, too!
Discussion threads
Embeddable widget Have your own personal site? We'll hook you up with the code.
Analytics Dive into individual email performance, client information, and more
Markdown support Buttondown also supports HTML and good old fashioned plain text: whatever your preference is!
Email scheduling Write an email on Thursday and send it out on Friday; queue up an entire month's worth of letters.
Free RSS support I mean, some people _really_ like RSS.
Clean, usable design Design is more than just how it looks, and Buttondown is designed top to bottom to make it easy to use.
First-party API Everything you can do on Buttondown's interface, you can also do with our REST-ful API.
Third-party integrations Setting up your Buttondown account to work with Zapier, IFTTT, Weebly, Squarespace, Ghost, and more.
Privacy-first Buttondown is GDPR-compliant — and then some. I don't collect any data about you (or your subscribers), and you can turn off pixel tracking and link tracking with a click of a button.
Multiple newsletters Want to run more than one newsletter from the same account? Buttondown's got you covered.
'Pay what you want' mode

Kind words from happy writers.

Screenshots of tweets from users who love Buttondown.
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