Guy Behind “Why Tumblr Sucks” and IsTumblrDown.com Is Plotting a Tumblr-Killer–And a China Incubator Wants to Fund Him
Zach Inglis, a 25-year old web developer based in London and passionate Tumblr user (well, it’s complicated) hit Digg.com and Hacker News in 2010 with an inflammatory blog post titled “Why Tumblr Sucks” after frustrations with downtime, features, customer service, and ultimately, a bumpy attempt at hosting a Tumblr meetup in London, for which he did not receive the promised stickers. “I do think that their complete lack of care for their product should be known, so others do not make the same mistake I have,” he wrote at the time; he also created snarksite http://istumblrdown.com. Those efforts might be written-off by Tumblr as trollish frustrations.
But Mr. Inglis is taking his Tumblr beef to the next level: He plans to create the “Facebook to Tumblr’s Myspace.” He’s spoken to CHINACCELERATOR, a TechStars-affiliated incubator in Dalian, northeast China, which he says extended an invitation for him and a developer to join in July in order to work on a Tumblr competitor, Betabeat learned. Read More