Moments before American Eagle employee/Tumblr creator David Karp appeared on last night’s The Colbert Report, he blogged that “this is going to be a disaster. YOLO.” It wasn’t that bad–the visibly nervous Mr. Karp made it through the six-minute interview without twirling off the side of his chair. Read More
I Tumbl For You
When you’re as stylish as Tumblr CEO David Karp, who needs to sweat the small stuff? Case in point: his company’s profitability. During an interview at a conference hosted by paidContent, he informed the audience that Tumblr isn’t making money—but it’s “not a metric that is particularly important to us.”
Late last week, David Karp announced a number of changes to Tumblr triumphantly billed as “An upgrade, years in the making…” In order to make room for “BIG new” features, such as customizable drag-and-drop photoset creation, faster uploads, and inline reblogging, he said, “we’ve reduced creation on Tumblr to its essence, while carrying over every single feature.”
But a number of Tumblr users–more than 18,000 of them, in fact–don’t see the change as an improvement. They’ve signed a petition on Change.org–a platform more typically used to advocate for social justice–to “Undo the 1/24/2013 update that screwed up the posting procedure.” Read More
There is currently an inflatable rat stationed outside Tumblr’s offices on 35 East 21st Street, according to one of the building’s occupants. The New York City District Council of Carpenters has installed the familiar oversized rodent as a symbol of what the union calls a “labor dispute” with Tumblr.
Although the two platforms, which both grew out of empowering community and self-expression, may share a similar trajectory–explosive traffic, scads of funding, sky high valuations–he argued that Tumblr has modern social media’s emphasis on the news feed (for elegance of consumption) combined with a different approach to advertising. Read More
If you’re a painter trying to explore themes of exhibitionism and voyeurism, one microblogging site has you covered. And how! “There must be 50 million unique Tumblr sites and I think 49 million of them must be of nudity!” Portland artist Dan Gluibizzi “jokes” to Wired.
Twitter only recently started to mission creep over to the media side, but microblogging platform Tumblr has always chosen to define itself as a media company. In fact, in an interview with IT Pro published today, CEO David Karp said explained how that self-perception informs their long-awaited attempts to monetize. Read More
If you happened to drop by Tumblr this afternoon, you may have noticed some confetti icons streaming down your dashboard. The occasion for the impromptu celebration was a posting milestone. “We’ve just hit our 10 billionth post! Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome journey,” read the banner. It’s Read More