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Congrats Tumblr team. This is one of my favorite moments from the early days.
Lots of thoughts about my two former companies coming together - excitement, wariness, expectant, hopefulness — but just today, I’m simply grateful to have worked with amazing and talented friends who dedicated themselves to the task of making the world a more expressive place.
The road ahead is paved with the best intentions.
Dedication to his art
Man, now I’m all reminiscing about Tumblr. 2 years ago all of 40 people maybe piled into a rental in the Hamptons. That summer was fun times for the company. :)
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.
Getting kind of crowded on the post headers there.
WTF happened to Tumblr’s logged out page?
Proportions of logo, copy and fields are all off. I’m hoping that this resulted from some hardcore funnel/metrics analysis. Otherwise it looked like marketing threw up on what was such a clean and elegant design.
Also - interesting to note that the copy is much more geared towards a mass market approach vs a ‘creators’ network. And who the fuck cares about ‘blogs’ in 2013?
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.
Obvious prediction: Tumblr and Flipboard will start to meet in a middle ground at some point as their product converges. Both are social content experiences based heavily on curation as the juice around engagement. The interesting thing to me is that they’re approaching the same problem from quite different perspectives.
Let’s not forget Facebook, either.
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.
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]
So Posterous is shutting down. But never forget - because however great their product was, I couldn’t respect their cheap tactics (and it’s not even true). It’s fine to compete, but don’t be dirty - and do it by making better products. Don’t do it like this:
But blogging on Tumblr is sort of like being in high school. But you know deep-down that you can’t be in high school forever. Eventually, you have to move on.
It’s the same with blogging. After you get your feet wet, you need comments and the ability to moderate them.* You need to add different media types to each post. Your sharing needs are more complex, and your site needs to grow with you.
Face it. You need to leave Tumblr behind and graduate to Posterous.
Long live Tumblr.
Found an old photo of Rich at TumblrHQ when it was an empty floor with 9 peeps. (and we had just installed the crazy mood lights)
The staff at Tumblr are the best! Esp the help desk team for dealing with the volume with the class and grace that they do every day.
A thoughtful post about Tumblr by Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch. Two things I’ve been thinking about quite a bit recently related to Tumblr:
1) The tags remain a pure goldmine. The mobile discovery features are great, but the desktop experience still needs a lot of work. I wonder if something as simple as a giant search box at the top of the page isn’t the answer…
Often, on mobile, I find myself getting lost in the tags pages. “James Bond” “Hemingway” — they’re all pure gold. Search for anything you’re interested in and there’s bound to be a huge amount of great content. And unlike Twitter, where it’s mainly text-based, this content is almost all visual. It’s a true treasure of consumable and shareable content.
I think Tumblr should make tagging far more automated — it’s still not very easy to tag — or offer a much more robust content search to take full advantage of this.
2) Along similar lines, it strikes me that Tumblr could be the property to reinvigorate true brand advertising. That is, rather than the search-based links that still dominate the online ad landscape, Tumblr could harken back to the heyday of advertising when it was truly a creative endeavor meant to get people to remember your brand when they do eventually make a purchasing decision.
Tumblr’s visual appeal seems perfect for this. And that’s especially true if people are searching for something (see: above).
#1 - Search is fucking hard. Seriously and ridiculously hard at scale. But all content web services eventually have to get this right.
#2 - Making it easier to tag content is the one thing that can juice Tumblr’s discovery which will drive advertising and monetization. Autocomplete is an easy feature to start with. Reworking the highlighted and curated tag section to be more robust and self-serving is an intermediate, if not incredibly resource-heavy, task.