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May 24, 2013

The real origins of Tumblr 

azspot:

Tumblr took the best of what Projectionist and anarchaia had to offer and combined it in one platform: anarchaia’s simplicity met Projectionist’s design appeal.

But what Tumblr did most importantly was bring the tumblelog to the masses. Karp, who at the time was sharing an office space on New York’s Park Avenue provided by studio owner Fred Seibert, allowed users to register their own Tumblr URL, customize their blog, and easily share videos, text, and GIFs. Tumblr marketed itself as a home for artists and paid homage to Projectionist on its FAQ page.

Anarchaia (though the creator now is active at another tumblelog site — Trivium) and Projectionist were the impetus behind me eagerly jumping aboard Tumblr back in 2007 (I believe I am Tumblr user #752).

There also was a link blog (cannot recall precisely but think that the blogger moved on to work with Al Franken or some other liberal webzine in the pre HuffPost era) that inspired, though it was entirely textual as opposed to the multi-variate post types supported by Tumblr.

And now after ingesting this Tumblr trivia moment I shall return you to the normal stream of numinous posts…

Be sure to check out this article. It’s super-interesting. 

One thought I had after reading this last night that’s relevant here:

Also, the article doesn’t mention it, but the person who came up with the term “tumblelog” was why the lucky stiff, an important early figure in the Ruby on Rails community.

15:54 // 10 months ago
May 22, 2013

richardselby says: don't you think there's gonna be a great deal of contention between companies with er... unscrupulous labor practices using Tumblr as an ad platform and the large and vocal social justice community on the site?

» SFB says: Newspapers cover the social justice community too, and sometimes they run ads from companies whose interests don’t match their own. That doesn’t mean it affects the content being created. It’s what folks in the newspaper business call a “church and state” thing. I’d recommend everyone take a wait-and-see approach. If it turns out we get an ad like this Atlantic ad, then we should probably complain. — Ernie @ SFB

13:45 // 11 months ago

maxistentialist:

Tumblr’s new ad sales pitch deck“Brands finally are front and center.”

Your take, people of Tumblr?

(via maxistentialist)

13:30 // 11 months ago
newsweek:

In this week’s Newsweek, a little something about Yahoo & Tumblr’s marriage. And a request: “Please don’t mess with any of our favorite Tumblrs, like the beauties below.”
BEST TUMBLR FOR BREAKING NEWS: SHORTFORMBLOG 
MOST LOL-WORTHY ANIMAL TUMBLR: CATS THAT LOOK LIKE RON SWANSON
BEST CROWDSOURCED TECH TUMBLR: THE INTERNET WISHLIST 
MOST CHARMING VINTAGE-Y TUMBLR: QUESTIONABLE ADVICE AND ADVERTISEMENTS 
MOST STIMULATING ART-AND-DESIGN TUMBLR: HELLO YOU CREATIVES 
MOST GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY TUMBLR: FOTOJOURNALISMUS
TRAVEL TUMBLR THAT’S ALMOST AS GOOD AS AN ACTUAL TRIP: THE TRAVEL NETWORK 
MOST POP-CULTURE-SAVVY FASHION TUMBLR: TEXTBOOK 
BEST BOYFRIEND TUMBLR: YOUR LL BEAN BOYFRIEND
Congrats everyone! Now go follow those tumblrs and get them up in yo’ dashboard. Sorry about the caps, btw, we copy/pasted straight from the website and did we feel like going through and rewriting these headilnes? No we did not. We are too busy applauding. Click through though to see what we wrote about each winner.

Here’s the full list, which we’re proud to be a part of. :)

newsweek:

In this week’s Newsweek, a little something about Yahoo & Tumblr’s marriage. And a request: “Please don’t mess with any of our favorite Tumblrs, like the beauties below.”

Congrats everyone! Now go follow those tumblrs and get them up in yo’ dashboard. Sorry about the caps, btw, we copy/pasted straight from the website and did we feel like going through and rewriting these headilnes? No we did not. We are too busy applauding. Click through though to see what we wrote about each winner.

Here’s the full list, which we’re proud to be a part of. :)

12:24 // 11 months ago
May 21, 2013
20:01 // 11 months ago

popculturebrain:

Watch: PCB gets a visual shout out on GMA’s Yahoo/Tumblr report

At the 41 second mark!

Congrats to PCB, and that interview had painfully obvious talking points. Stephanopoulos called Karp a hipster, leading to awkwardness all around.

13:18 // 11 months ago
pewinternet:

13% of internet users ages 18-29 use Tumblr.
Compare Tumblr user demographics to other social networking sites: http://pewrsr.ch/VBAYby

Hey Pew, can you break this down into Dr. Who fans vs. Arrested Development fans for us, and see where the audiences overlap? Thanks.

pewinternet:

13% of internet users ages 18-29 use Tumblr.

Compare Tumblr user demographics to other social networking sites: http://pewrsr.ch/VBAYby

Hey Pew, can you break this down into Dr. Who fans vs. Arrested Development fans for us, and see where the audiences overlap? Thanks.

(via prweek)

12:00 // 11 months ago
May 20, 2013
19:37 // 11 months ago
17:29 // 11 months ago

Wordpress has found itself flush with a few new users following news of the Yahoo/Tumblr deal

  • 400-600 posts per hour are typically imported from Tumblr to new Wordpress blogs, according to founder Matt Mullenweg, prior to the company’s recently announced acquisition by Yahoo.
  • 72,000 posts per hour have been imported since news of the buyout first broke, though that’s hardly a number for Yahoo/Tumblr execs to worry about, given the site’s 75 million post per day average. source
14:08 // 11 months ago