Posts Tagged ‘Tumblr’
While Tumblr is used by millions of people ranging from fashion artists, news organizations and professional bloggers, this is the first time the platform has been embraced by the US Federal government.
“GSA negotiated the Tumblr terms of service, and we are the first federal agency using Tumblr,” said GSA spokesman Robert Lesino. [...]
“We chose Tumblr because it is a rapidly growing platform,â€ said Jessica Milcetich, USA.gov Blog manager. “It not only is for blogging, but it offers social features so people can share, comment and connect.” (Federal Computer Week)
It’s unclear what the GSA was using before (note: does anyone else know?), although they imported all of their posts upon Tumblr from their previous platform.
The agency is also using Disqus to power their comment section, and seems to enjoy writing lengthy posts (which isn’t exactly typical of the average Tumblr user).
While it’s not surprising to see the government adopt blog service platforms (after all, the “much loved” TSA uses Blogger), Tumblr’s embrace by the agencyÂ signals that the micro blogging service has gone mainstream (which should please their investors).
Tumblr has crossed the 15 million blog mark and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
According to bothÂ Compete.com andÂ Quantcast, Tumblr has witnessedÂ explosiveÂ growth (as far as page views are concerned), and while the site does boast far fewer unique visitors than WP.com or Blogger, Tumblr’s community apparently is far more active.
While the site is popular amongst the youth (especially teenage girls), Tumblr is quickly gaining credibility as a professional tool as more businesses, celebrities,Â newspapers, and bloggers use Tumblr to either compliment their site or replace it entirely.
Tumblr’s growth has not come without pain however, as the site previously experienced over 24 hours of down time due to server issues, which hurt the companies uptime ratings when compared against rival services.
Currently Tumblr is the third largest blogging service online, with only WordPress.com (who recently passed 18 million blogs) and Blogger.com holding onto the silver and gold medals, respectively.
Although Tumblr has not officially revealed the revenue split between the company and theme designers, the micro blogging site did reveal some interesting facts regarding how much theme designers are generating every month.
Tumblr does charge for things like being featured in its directory orÂ $9 themes users can buy to spruce up their Tumblog. Karp notes that some theme designers are making tens of thousands of dollars month. (via TechCrunch)
In the interview (seen below), Tumblr CEO and found David Karp revealed that the company actually thought about launching premium features for Tumblr, but decided to opt instead for features that enhanced the community (like premium themes) instead. Read More
It looks like Tumblr is slowly giving up on the idea of a classifying blogs into hard categories (i.e. fashion, technology, science, etc.) and instead is embracing tags as a superior way to sort through the tumblverse.
Itâ€™s hard to organize Tumblr blogs by topic. A single one of your blogs may include your personal updates, your art, your opinions, and a YouTube video of a cat speaking Japanese, all in a single day. This has been a real limitation of the current Tumblr Directory. So, for the last few weeks weâ€™ve been experimenting with some brand new tools for exploring Tumblr.
The newÂ Explore page organizes and filters posts by tag. This means thatÂ every tagged post has a chance to show up in front of an audience of millions that might not otherwise see it. ThinkÂ Tumblr Radar by topic. (Tumblr Staff Blog)
Another advantage tags has over Tumblr’s blog directory is the fact that users will come across fresh content which will make it easier for users to discover relevant content as well as interesting blogs.
The Tumblr explore page also gives blogging pro’s choosing to host their blogs upon Tumblr (or use the platform as “a companion site“) another way to reach new users beyond the traditional social networks.
Although Tumblr will probably keep their blog directory alive (as it’s one of the few ways the company makes money), we will probably see less emphasis upon it in the future from the company.
Many bloggers, when they first start out, are unsure if they are going to continue blogging over the long term and either don’t want to spend the time or invest the money into securing a domain name of their own.
It’s an understandable decision considering that WordPress.com and Blog*Spot, along with a slew of other services, make it trivial to set up an account at their sites and get blogging within just a few minutes.
But while getting started on one of these sites might be a great way to get up and going, there is a hidden danger in it. Relying on someone else’s URL carries with it not only a lot of baggage, but a lot of risk.
If you’re serious about your blog and it is something that you want to take beyond a short term whim, even if it is just a “slightly more serious” hobby, securing a domain of your own is a rite of passage you need to undertake. Failure to do so will not only hold your site back, but may cause your site, along with all of your work, to simply disappear.
I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I need a Tumblr blog when I’m already using the greatest web platform known to geek-kind?”
While I won’t dispute your blog or convince you to embrace Tumblr as your primary platform, refusing to create a complimentary Tumblr blog could cost you in the future (literally).
Despite the fact that WordPress will be embracing many Tumblr like features in the future, here are 3 reasons why you should seriously consider opening a Tumblr blog to compliment your WordPress wonder. Read More
A long time ago at the beginning of geek time there were two types of bloggers. Those who blogged for fun (or passion), and those who earned a profit from blogging (the latter who were often referred to as “pro bloggers”).
Back then it was easy to tell the difference between the two as more often than not pro bloggers chose to self host their sites while the masses opted for the free version.
Fast forward towards today and many blog platforms allow users to pro blog on the cheap.
In fact by purchasing a domain one can turn a site like Blogger, Tumblr, or even OnSugar (for you Drupal fans) into a professional site for the price of the domain (which for most is $10/year).
Faced with those expenses, should a person even consider service hosting their blog instead of self hosting?
For those wondering whether self hosting is the best option for them, here are the pluses and minuses for service hosting one’s blog. Read More
Today is a sad day for Six Apart, who was unable to slow down Tumblr’s rise against Typepad, despite copying the former’s reblogging feature in 2009.
According to Quantcast, Tumblr is now receiving 10.7 million uniques when compared against Typepad’s 10.6 million stateside, although the gap between the two services expands once you include international users. Read More
Despite its popularity as a personal diary, the “half breed” known as Tumblr can be used as a powerful, yet inexpensive tool for blogging pros as well as newbie’s (which is geek for “new comers”).
Unfortunately Tumblr’s emphasis on simplicity often masks its true potential, which might explain why many bloggers overlook Tumblr as a decent choice and instead choose Blogger, WordPress or even Typepad.
For those of you who desire to become Tumblr Tycoons without having to worry about CAPTCHA’s, plugins or monthly fees, here are ten (10!) tips for problogging on Tumblr (without having to touch a single line of template code). Read More
It looks as if my Blackberry friends can finally stop drooling over my iPhone now that Tumblr has launched an official app for Blackberry smartphones.
The app was built by Mobelux, the same company who created the official Tumblr iPhone app (which was previously known as Tumblrette).
Just like its iSibling, the Blackberry Tumblr app can upload images, text and audio, as well as video too (which might explain why Tumblr increased the video size for Tumblr fans everywhere).
Tumblr has yet to be listed upon Blackberry App World (as a quick search reveals), although “BB fans” can download the app over here.
While it’s great to see Tumblr embracing both the iPhone and Blackberry platforms,Â hopefully they will consider launching an Android appÂ soon (as the only decent app available is Tumblroid, which will leave one $1.55 poorer).