I’m leaving Tumblr this month. It’s a a good time, with Tumblr moving into a new and even better stage with Yahoo, and though I’m happy about the decision and excited about new opportunities, it’s still bittersweet.
David is very charming, and clearly very very bright, and understands the product,” said an executive who talked to Tumblr about the role. But, “he’s incredibly confrontation averse, and there’s almost a ‘Game of Thrones’ palace feeling to the management team.
Oh god, as someone who worked for both Yahoo and Tumblr — I am at a loss for words. And who’s this ‘source’ with this crazy quote? It just makes me start putting roles to people: Joffrey, Sansa — who the heck is Tyrion?!
Keep on shipping cool stuff, guys!
PS I love how this executive who shall not be name threw in the word “incredible” in there.
But David held firm. He wanted Tumblr to be a positive place on the Internet. The entire design of the service was with that in mind. There were loves (upvotes) but no downvotes. If you wanted to talk about someone’s post, you had to reblog it to your tumblog and then add whatever you wanted to say. David thought that would eliminate trolling.
Also: David has held firm on any features around chat or messaging that veers too much into email (sometimes the lonely voice of dissent). And Tumblr is the better for it. Holding firm to your vision is one of the top 2 lessons I ‘borrowed’ from David when I worked at Tumblr.
Jessica in the middle of one of her interviews with a Tumblr creator.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist - and after middle school daydreams and college writing courses and a brief stint as a wannabe travel writer in 2006, I realized what a tough business it was and quit.
But my love for the craft of long-form journalism stuck, and in the last year, the rise of editorial teams within large tech platforms heralded a possible new age where original content and user-generated content could have co-existed. Twitter Stories, Facebook Stories and Tumblr Storyboard all tried to mine what their communities were doing.
Except Tumblr was different. More than just a mouthpiece that relayed how these platforms made users lives better, Storyboard had bonafide journalistic credentials: they were reporting on what people were doing creatively and were not just marketing case studies.
And Storyboard exemplified — perhaps in a vaccum of 2012 — how Tumblr thought of itself: not just as a technology platform, not just a user-generated content community, but in interviews and logo design and pitches and blog posts, as a place for creators. Tumblr always aspired to be the intersection between tech and liberal arts, using a well-designed technological foundation to spur humanity’s creative output. It’s that ambitious. It’s one of the reasons I loved being part of the team. More than just a platform for self-expression, Tumblr wanted to be a platform for creativity.
Tumblr proves that the issue is less about public vs. private and more about whether you are findable and identifiable by people who actually know you in real life.
Disagree with the overview of what the Tumblr community comprises, but with regards to privacy models and product development: YES. Spot on. In other words, make things simple, stupid.
Actually, the more accurate quote would be:
Tumblr proves that the issue is less about public vs. private and more about whether you are findable and identifiable by people who you care about. [emphasis mine]