Buttondown vs. Revue
Revue supports a nice Twitter integration and link aggregation, and that's sort of it.
Revue is a tool focused for publishers like Vox Media, Fast Company, or other significant
content agencies with hundreds of full-time journalists building out content. It's great
for building out digests of relevant links or roundups of industry news, but is probably
not the best fit if you're an independent writer or smaller team without those kinds of resources.
Buttondown focuses on making it easy and affordable for you to build out a great newsletter.
Features like smart embedding, scheduling, and analytics let you grow
and publish as quickly as possible.
A lot of people are particularly interested in Revue due to the recent Twitter acquisition and its posture
as a "first-party" newsletter solution within Twitter. To that, I have two comments:
- To quote Gergely Orosz, "there's a difference between when newsletters working is the single most important thing for your business vs when it’s outside the top 30 priorities".
- You can use a tool like Pollinate to get the advantages of a first-party newsletter CTA in Twitter while still using Buttondown.
|Free for your first hundred subscribers|
|Drag and drop image uploading|
|Free RSS support|
|Clean, usable design|
|'Pay what you want' mode|
Kind words from happy writers
Your settings page is a joy to use and everything about Buttondown makes me happy.
have been on Buttondown for ~18 months and I can't recommend it enough.
You really do make ALL other customer service look terrible by comparison.
There is a caring person on the other side of this software, which is one of the things I like the most about Buttondown.
Film & TV Producer
I’d also like to add that @buttondown is an absolute joy to use. Hats off, Justin!
Elliot Jay Stocks
Creative Director, Google Fonts
for building an amazing bootstrapped product for newsletters, all while being very open to feedback and connecting directly with customers 🙏
Easily one of the most enjoyable product experience I've had.
Head of Ecosystem, Netlify
if you are looking for "newsletter tool for hackers" i tentatively believe the answer is @buttondown
full api, compose in markdown, good docs for setting up domain auth, simple subscribe form HTML that you style yourself (or not)
Brian David Hall
Author, Your Website Sucks
I really like @buttondown as a blogging platform, it has the simplicity of Substack but the corporate culture is less toxic.
I worked with @buttondown and asked for some new payment support beyond the supporter single tier / pay-what-you-want options.
Justin was great and built it in just a couple days.
Author & consultant
I write nonfiction and I use @buttondown buttondown.email/Changeset - indie, GREAT personal customer support, very nice default styling, all the options I want including ones to protect my readers' privacy
Open source maintainer
I use @buttondown because it does exactly what I need (manage subscribers and send markdown emails), not more and not less 👍 As a bonus it's made by an indie dev which I love!
If you’re considering running an email newsletter, or if you already run one and are considering a change of provider, I highly recommend @buttondownemail. Super-easy app, very fair pricing with a generous free tier, and exemplary support. 💯
Technologist and speaker
imo @buttondown is easily one of the best-designed services i’ve used in recent years, if you have a substack you should really consider switching!
It feels incomparably good to be able to email just like a guy named Justin when you have a
question 15 minutes before you’re about to blast a Geistlist email. (Not a guarantee but wow this guy is human-level good.)
Designer About Town