…other social channels have collectively emerged in the space, most notably Tumblr, which was the cornerstone for several 2013 releases such as Anchorman 2. — Ad Week (via marketr)
Tumblr genuinely is younger than most other social platforms, and more diverse. A greater proportion of its users are people of colour than on any other major platform. Women users make up a higher percentage than anywhere else bar Pinterest. Teenagers over-index dramatically. And while Pew and other research agencies don’t tend to ask about sexuality or gender identification, LGBT visibility in Tumblr fandom is very high. What looks to dim outsiders as some kind of obsession with “social justice” often just springs from people talking about themselves, their lives and the shit that happens to them. —
Just one of many excellent parts in this piece by Tom Ewing (which is only a little bit about Tumblr.)
(The piece is about Marvel fandom, though that’s not apparent from this quote.)
(Source: jakec, via joestanley)
"What makes Tumblr unique? The platform is a hybrid of social and the web.” — blackfin360 (Tom Edwards – blog post at iMediaConnection)
"Exactly. You have the aesthetic control and SEO [search engine optimization] benefits of a self-hosted site, with all the social gestures and discovery benefits of a social platform." — bluechoochoo (Andréa Lopez)
From my favorite LinkedIn group:
tumblr for brands, agencies, and businesses
"Easy to use hybrid media posts, that are indexed through tagging, and a rich social network. This is the new TV/telegraph/radio/book/text/DVD/quill ink pen." —un (Esau Kessler at Massive Happiness)
Creepily enigmatic tumblr error message I got today…
(Source: best-ecards-blog, via geekyangie)
Do you develop themes? Great! Stand right here. Now listen.
We made a new Theme Management page. It looks nice and it’s been filled with useful numbers. Among them:
- Your daily, monthly, and all-time install counts
- A day-by-day graph of installs over the last 30 days
- The 250 blogs which most recently installed your work
- A chart of the relative performance of each of your themes (premium themes only)
Excited? Want to make a new theme just to watch it get managed? Go ahead and do so at tumblr.com/themes/new, which is another page we’ve gone and improved.
petition for tumblr staff to reset or delete all of the blogs with great urls that haven’t logged onto tumblr in like 4 fucking years
Why aren’t asks 500 characters in your dumb app?
Featured Tumblr Theme: Vienna
Designed by Jen Yuan, the Vienna theme features a clean grid design, topped with a customizable header image. Choose between two hover styles (or turn off hover effects altogether). Change the colors, activate infinite scroll, adjust post widths, link up social media and add up to five custom links. See more of Jen’s themes — as both zenhance and thejenyuan-themes.
Source for header image: Tumblr’s Facebook cover photo.
Big media has made it clear they don’t want you sharing music, writing about their music, mashing their music, and the same goes for videos of film, tv, news, & sports. They can use each other’s media without consent and your media without consent. They want to search your content but you may only search what they want you to. But they want you to put all your content in The Cloud. Their cloud.
Even though it’s your right to fair use, free speech, ingenuity, creativity, and expression. They want you to fear them, and fear what and how you talk about them and their interests. They want to control not just what you publish but what you do in your own privacy, and they have a sick relationship with the government who has all this private info. (They/The US Government has been busy redefining what private speech is.) They don’t want citizens of the world using these powerful broadcast tools to share their own ideas, thoughts, and expressions. They own these tools, and therefore would like to think they own your content.
The result is the internet is being ruined, video and music user data has been disappearing at a fast rate. They don’t even bother to send DCMA takedown notices, they just remove it from your blog. They don’t even notify you. They now want to and have been inserting their own content into your blogs and social media. The next step has started, they are scooping all the photographs. After that they’ll start scraping phrases and paragraphs. This leaves a large part of public communications empty. The turn of this century is marked by a massive government led war on the public domain, which is in tatters and contains little of what people care about, (or what big media thinks you care about.) Tumblr now owned by Yahoo is now Big Media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is The Man. They don’t care about users themselves, they care about their “experience”, and their market position and stock numbers.
How will people respond to this? Where is this all heading? And what can be done about it?
(Disclaimer: I am a writer, creative generalist, and futurist so I tend to see things from a dystopian worldview, I understand that terms like “they”, “the government”, and “big media” are ambiguous, and don’t fairly represent all the spectrum of different companies, their policies, and practices. I also understand that this is a perspective, a way to look at where the world is, not an accurate view. It could be far worse than I am suggesting.)