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.