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March 24, 2014
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The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. “Security” can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says “security” like Tumblr’s two-factor authentication. It’s available as an option in your Settings page as of right now.
You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard.
Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile. Learn more about two-factor authentication today.

Props to Tumblr for adding this.

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The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. “Security” can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says “security” like Tumblr’s two-factor authentication. It’s available as an option in your Settings page as of right now.

You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard.

Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile. Learn more about two-factor authentication today.

Props to Tumblr for adding this.

15:09 // 4 weeks ago
February 24, 2014

jusqu-icitoutvabien says: You guys were writing about possible alternatives to tumblr sometime in the past 6 months and I can't remember the site you mentioned, if you guys have any idea what I'm talking about any help would be appreciated. It wasn't Medium, I know that at least. If you have to answer privately 'tis chill.

» SFB says: I actually am pretty much an enthusiast of CMSes, so I’ll give this one some public love. I’m pretty sure the site I mentioned is Ghost, which is a budding open-source platform. It’s quite young, but it has a good community and will likely be in an amazing spot not long from now. I’m also looking at other options. But I’ll say pretty much the coolest thing I’ve seen lately is the Harp Platform, which is a web development platform reliant on a flat-file structure. You build a theme, load up a folder full of Markdown posts, and boom, you have a website. It also has pre-processors so you don’t have to convert your code when writing. I’ve been playing with an idea on it off and on for the last month or so, and being able to code natively in SASS and Jade rather than CSS and HTML is frickin’ awesome.

On this topic, a more general thought: I love me some Tumblr, but I gotta admit that the site’s approach to SEO leaves me willing to explore other options. By that same juncture, though, I wonder aloud if 2014 is the year that SFB gets reinvented or retired entirely. I think that five years of finding links on the internet is a good point to consider clearing a new path or finding a new approach. Maybe the goal is doing less better. Maybe the goal is working on a platform where I can create on the fly. Either way, the gears in my brain are working. — Ernie @ SFB

17:44 // 1 month ago
February 20, 2014

Hey. What’s up?
You should see what’s happening on Tumblr
Did you see this?
Right now on Tumblr

Wow wow wow.
Wow. What a week!
Special delivery from your Tumblr Dashboard
Right now on Tumblr

Wow. What a week!
Did you see this?
Brilliant.
Make your Dashboard even more awesome

Hey. What’s up?
Wow wow wow.
It’s all happening
Your Dashboard is literally on fire.

Tumblr email subject lines, a poem (via adomenighini)

Tumblr’s a poet, and it didn’t even know it.

(via bookoisseur)

16:15 // 2 months ago
February 3, 2014
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We’re up to 170 million blogs. Whatever, nbd. But the bigger we get, the more government requests for account data we receive. And since there may be a day when it’s your information they want, it’s important you know what they’re asking for.
Starting today, we’ll be publishing a biannual Transparency Report detailing the number of requests we get from different sources, why we receive those requests, and how we respond to them.
If the report is TL;DR, here’s the upshot: Tumblr received a total of 462 requests for user data in 2013, and responded with account data (e.g., email and IP address) 76% of the time. A small subset of those responses also included content of blog posts (e.g., text, audio, images, or video).
The remaining requests (24%) were illegal, vague, or inaccurate—so we refused to provide any data at all.
Striking the right balance between privacy and legal responsibilities is no small task, but we hope this report demonstrates our ongoing commitment to this community.

I like the transparency approach, but man, 76 percent is pretty high. Oh yeah, for tl;dr folks: "As of the date of publication of this report, we have never received a National Security Letter, FISA order, or any other classified request for user information."

staff:

We’re up to 170 million blogs. Whatever, nbd. But the bigger we get, the more government requests for account data we receive. And since there may be a day when it’s your information they want, it’s important you know what they’re asking for.

Starting today, we’ll be publishing a biannual Transparency Report detailing the number of requests we get from different sources, why we receive those requests, and how we respond to them.

If the report is TL;DR, here’s the upshot: Tumblr received a total of 462 requests for user data in 2013, and responded with account data (e.g., email and IP address) 76% of the time. A small subset of those responses also included content of blog posts (e.g., text, audio, images, or video).

The remaining requests (24%) were illegal, vague, or inaccurate—so we refused to provide any data at all.

Striking the right balance between privacy and legal responsibilities is no small task, but we hope this report demonstrates our ongoing commitment to this community.

I like the transparency approach, but man, 76 percent is pretty high. Oh yeah, for tl;dr folks: "As of the date of publication of this report, we have never received a National Security Letter, FISA order, or any other classified request for user information."

16:37 // 2 months ago
January 22, 2014
Fun little gaffe on the Tumblr staff blog. We’ve all been there.

Fun little gaffe on the Tumblr staff blog. We’ve all been there.

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October 25, 2013

bobbycaputo says: I think my last message got cut off: I heard the DCMA notices were actually spam of some sort and not from Tumblr/record labels. Apparently this is why some people are receiving the notices despite them not actually having the music mentioned in the email on their blog. Whether this is true or not I don't know.

helms-deep:

I spent a bit of time searching the DMCA tag this morning, and it seems like the notices are legit, with some people even receiving responses to Tumblr about it. I also read several posts from people who received them regarding artists they never posted music from, which again is strange. Sounds like this organization is doing a lot of blanket notices using some sort of algorithm, but not going to the trouble of determining which specific artist they represent has had their copyright “violated”.

It’s all kind of bonkers.

In regards to this issue (we received one of these notices too, for a Cass McCombs song—which by the way, has nothing to do with Radiohead, the Spice Girls, Daughtry or anyone else besides Cass McCombs), the person listed as the requester is Jeremy Banks, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s director of anti-piracy initiatives. He’s an actual real human being who does this sort of thing for a living. If you’re offended by Banks’ poorly-executed campaign against Tumblr sites, I highly recommend you yell at them on Twitter. — Ernie @ SFB

11:39 // 5 months ago