Taking a Tumble

Taking a Tumble

The Fashion Industry Wants Tumblr to Get its Fucking Act Together

What me worry?

Tumblr is reportedly in the midst of raising its biggest round to date, bumping the company’s valuation to a whopping $800 million. But while Tumblr has great growth to go along with this funding, it still has almost no revenue, outside of the chump change it collects on paid themes and the partnerships it has with established industries.

One of Tumblr’s biggest success stories thus far has been its relationship with the fashion industry. Tumblr had its bloggers featured during fashion week. Big brand and startups have both invested heavily in the platform. For some startups, Tumblr is the audience network on which they built their business.

But patience is starting to wear thin, even among Tumblr’s fashionable fans. Many are tired of being asked to pay for sponsorships, especially when they would rather be investing in basic analytical tools which Tumblr seems unable or unwilling to deliver.  Read More

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Dude Behind ‘Animals Being Dicks’ Tumblr Has a Puppy That Is a Total Dick


Oh, man, now we know why web developer  John Williams felt compelled to start a Tumblr called Animals Being Dicks, an moving display of gifs that showcase animals indulging in their worst behavior. Mr. Williams’ Tumblr has received 50 million page views from 3 million visitors since launching on June 9th. In an interview today on The Next Web, Courtney Boyd Meyers asks the tough question: Read More

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No Soup for You! Anthony De Rosa, SoupSoup, Leaves Tumblr for Now

Prolific and widley followed Tumblr SoupSoup, run by Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa, went on hiatus today. He clarified the situation for Betabeat by phone.

The thing that really freaked me out was that the layout on my Tumblr just changed randomly. I didn’t got in to change it or try any custom theme. For years I gave them the benefit of the doubt, when it was eating my posts or the site was going down. But this is something happening on the backend I can’t control. I’m not going to spend all this time tyring to babysit my Tumblr.

I’m not quitting, if the service got better tomorrow I would be back on. But right now I cant even get on to post my responses to people who are saying I quit.

Fear not, news junkies. In the meantime you can follow De Rosa on Twitter, Facebook and Google+

As Adrianne Jeffries reported for Betabeat several months ago, since the Tumblr team got serious about hiring engineers, downtime has been far better than in years past. But clearly stability is still an issue for the rapidly growing service.