I know I’m gonna get shit for this but…

…I like the Yahoo purchase of Tumblr (if it happens).

Tumblr needs something to happen.  This is clear.  The team in place has taken the company as far as it can go.  They are creators - builders of stuff - they are not managers.  This lack of experience has caused issues at Tumblr that have hurt the company in the short term and are potentially devastating in the long term.  They have lost a ton of good people over the last 18 months due to internal and organizational strife.  This needs to end.  David needs to be free to do what he does best: concept and build amazing things.

Yahoo has the potential to be a great home for Tumblr.  Marissa Mayer knows what she is getting with Tumblr: an extraordinary and special entity.  She is not going to allow Yahoo to make the same mistakes that they made with Flickr.  She understands product and the importance of good design, two key elements of Tumblr’s success.

Will there be more ads?  Yes.  But frankly the Radar ad product is awful and there needs to be iteration here.  You can’t be as big as Tumblr is and hope there will not be ads.  What we can hope for - no, what we can demand - is better ads that enhance the overall Tumblr experience vs. detracting from that experience.

Tumblr really can’t raise any more money.  At least not the kind of round that would put them on a path to satisfy the business goals of the board and investors.  And there is so much they need to do (FIX SEARCH).  An acquisition by Yahoo will allow these things to happen and remove pressure from David and his key people.

A sale will also result in Yahoo gaining some really terrific, brilliant and visionary employees.  These people can impact other Yahoo products and help Yahoo become great again.  There is value in this…for all of us.  I don’t want to see Yahoo fail.  Yes, a lot of what Yahoo has done and is doing sucks.  But there are smart exciting people trying to change that.  And we should support them.  Yahoo can be great again.  And Tumblr can be a driving force for that change.

Tumblr iPad App

Nice job tumblr. Worth the (long) wait.

Thanks!

Tumblr is back!

blip:

I’m glad we all made it through alive.

the LAST thing I need is another photo app.

apoplecticskeptic:

How about a working search function? Or a speedy responsive, you know, regular app?

Yup.

yellowonesdontstop:

A valued member of the Tumblr community is in need of our help.
Despair. Hopelessness. None of us are strangers to these feelings. We’ve all felt them at some point for many different reasons, each one incredibly valid to each of us.
This week, my good friend Ralph Helm and his family have experienced these emotions because they found out their primary family vehicle (a minivan that’s logged its share of miles) needs a new transmission to the tune of approximately $2000 (to repair) to $3000 (to replace). You can see Ralph’s explanation here.
This family of five has three young daughters, the youngest who only recently celebrated her five month birthday. Ralph’s wife, Stacie, works long, challenging hours as a nurse, and Ralph works from home doing media production via his own business, which has seen its share of the type of problems that come with owning your own business in today’s volatile economic climate.
But despite having to stretch their dollars like so many of us Americans these days, Ralph is always the first person to radiate a positive attitude, extend a hand to others or just offer whatever’s in his heart to whoever needs it.
Which is exactly why, when I saw how frustrated he has gotten over their run of luck in the past week, I knew he felt what we’ve ALL felt: despair and hopelessness.
Imagine not being able to take your family to get what it needs. Imagine not being able to (in Stacie’s case) get to work or (in Ralph’s case) get to client meetings. Add to this mess the fact that their other car (a small sedan that can’t safely fit all of them) seems to also be headed down the rabbit hole of automotive repairs, and it’s an incredibly frightening prospect to be a family with three very young children and no means of transportation.
We met Ralph through Tumblr, a microblogging site that is quick to say its difference lies in being more than just a dump box for our ramblings; we say it’s a community, and for many of us, a second family. Through Tumblr we have met some of the most caring and passionate people, and so it would be amazing if we could put our money where our avatars are and help one of our own.
Think about how easily their nightmare could be any of ours. In this economy, any unexpected cost could without question derail our lives. In this situation in particular, not having a working vehicle is detrimental to this family’s ability to both make a living and to live.
To many, especially Ralph and his family, two thousand dollars is a lot. But to a community of millions, two thousand dollars goes from being an insurmountable goal for one family to being an incredibly feasible one for a small percentage of us.
It’s so easy to read about someone’s plight on your dashboard, and say, “I wish I could do something.” Well, this is your chance. There is no doubt in my mind that together we can do this. I know that Ralph and his family will greatly appreciate any help they can get, so please, just give whatever you’re able to. In the end, any little amount will help make such a big difference.
If you’d like to donate, please click through or go here.
If you’re unable to donate, please reblog to help us spread the word.

Let’s get this family back on the road people.  

yellowonesdontstop:

A valued member of the Tumblr community is in need of our help.

Despair. Hopelessness. None of us are strangers to these feelings. We’ve all felt them at some point for many different reasons, each one incredibly valid to each of us.


This week, my good friend Ralph Helm and his family have experienced these emotions because they found out their primary family vehicle (a minivan that’s logged its share of miles) needs a new transmission to the tune of approximately $2000 (to repair) to $3000 (to replace). You can see Ralph’s explanation here.


This family of five has three young daughters, the youngest who only recently celebrated her five month birthday. Ralph’s wife, Stacie, works long, challenging hours as a nurse, and Ralph works from home doing media production via his own business, which has seen its share of the type of problems that come with owning your own business in today’s volatile economic climate.


But despite having to stretch their dollars like so many of us Americans these days, Ralph is always the first person to radiate a positive attitude, extend a hand to others or just offer whatever’s in his heart to whoever needs it.


Which is exactly why, when I saw how frustrated he has gotten over their run of luck in the past week, I knew he felt what we’ve ALL felt: despair and hopelessness.


Imagine not being able to take your family to get what it needs. Imagine not being able to (in Stacie’s case) get to work or (in Ralph’s case) get to client meetings. Add to this mess the fact that their other car (a small sedan that can’t safely fit all of them) seems to also be headed down the rabbit hole of automotive repairs, and it’s an incredibly frightening prospect to be a family with three very young children and no means of transportation.


We met Ralph through Tumblr, a microblogging site that is quick to say its difference lies in being more than just a dump box for our ramblings; we say it’s a community, and for many of us, a second family. Through Tumblr we have met some of the most caring and passionate people, and so it would be amazing if we could put our money where our avatars are and help one of our own.


Think about how easily their nightmare could be any of ours. In this economy, any unexpected cost could without question derail our lives. In this situation in particular, not having a working vehicle is detrimental to this family’s ability to both make a living and to live.


To many, especially Ralph and his family, two thousand dollars is a lot. But to a community of millions, two thousand dollars goes from being an insurmountable goal for one family to being an incredibly feasible one for a small percentage of us.


It’s so easy to read about someone’s plight on your dashboard, and say, “I wish I could do something.” Well, this is your chance. There is no doubt in my mind that together we can do this. I know that Ralph and his family will greatly appreciate any help they can get, so please, just give whatever you’re able to. In the end, any little amount will help make such a big difference.

If you’d like to donate, please click through or go here.

If you’re unable to donate, please reblog to help us spread the word.

Let’s get this family back on the road people.  

mckaylaisnotimpressed:

Damn you’re queue limit tumblr! 

mckaylaisnotimpressed:

Damn you’re queue limit tumblr! 

thesochillnetwork:

Batman’s golf cart

thesochillnetwork:

Batman’s golf cart

For Tumblr, the possibilities are pretty great. Like Twitter, brands act just like users on the platform, and users willingly consume brands’ content just like they do their friends. For sponsors, just as users, a premium is placed on great content. The difference between the two platforms is that you get so much richer content on Tumblr — photos, videos, longer form writing. It’s more immersive, and you can really express yourself in many different ways.

Rick Webb, former owner of The Barbarian Group, now an advertising advisor to Tumblr talking to me about native advertising — and in this quote specifically, discussing why Tumblr is better for brands. Take a look at the full interview, in which Webb waxes poetic about the advantages and disadvantages brands and publishers face when looking at online advertising. 

Click through to read on.

(via joshsternberg)

I have been thinking about Tumblr, brands and advertising a lot lately.  I am very interested to see what Rick does here.  There are some enormous challenges in this world for Tumblr but also significant upside if they get it right. 

gunsandrobots:

In iOs 6, tumblr photo uploads finally work. The above screenshot was taken and uploaded all on my iPad running iOs 6 beta. Get your animated gifs ready.

YES!!!

gunsandrobots:

In iOs 6, tumblr photo uploads finally work. The above screenshot was taken and uploaded all on my iPad running iOs 6 beta. Get your animated gifs ready.

YES!!!

Ohhhh…pretty!

Tumblr’s new iPad interface. Me gusta!

wilwheaton:

inothernews:

Besides the hype, besides the technical fuckups of NASDAQ, besides the overvaluation and offering too many shares during their IPO, I think the reason Facebook’s stock is failing as much as it is right now is that people have come to realize that Everybody’s Favorite Social Network is just too obnoxious, intrusive, and data-scrapingly assholish in the way it treats everyone from its most ardent users to, sadly, people on third-party platforms like, I dunno, TUMBLR, that perhaps want nothing at all to do with the privacy black hole that is Mark Zuckerberg’s dickishness incarnate but wake up and log on to find THIS UTTER BULLSHIT.
I go on Tumblr to be on Tumblr, Tumblr.  Please leave the shitty Facebook tactics to Facebook.

Cosigned.

Yes.

wilwheaton:

inothernews:

Besides the hype, besides the technical fuckups of NASDAQ, besides the overvaluation and offering too many shares during their IPO, I think the reason Facebook’s stock is failing as much as it is right now is that people have come to realize that Everybody’s Favorite Social Network is just too obnoxious, intrusive, and data-scrapingly assholish in the way it treats everyone from its most ardent users to, sadly, people on third-party platforms like, I dunno, TUMBLR, that perhaps want nothing at all to do with the privacy black hole that is Mark Zuckerberg’s dickishness incarnate but wake up and log on to find THIS UTTER BULLSHIT.

I go on Tumblr to be on Tumblr, Tumblr.  Please leave the shitty Facebook tactics to Facebook.

Cosigned.

Yes.

My Favorite Internet Things of 2011

Tumblr: Goes without saying.  Thanks for making 2011 more fun/interesting/thought provoking.  Especially: Life Is Good, Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, Science!, shortformblog, Helm’s Deep, Pop Culture Brain, Agent 3Z, Not Nadia, SB Nation, Chris Mohney, One Foot In The Grave, Section 9, Peter Feld, Apsies, Soup and Brooklyn Mutt.

Spotify: I know this sounds weird but Spotify helped me fall in love with music all over again.  I love music.  Always have.  I grew up in a household that always had some form of music playing and we play music at home all the time.  But Spotify helped me find new music, re-discover music from my past and allowed me get to know people I thought I already knew in a whole new way.  IMHO absolutely worth the $9.99 a month for Spotify Premium.

Bonobos: My brother-in-law introduced me to Bonobos earlier this year.  Have not been to a brick-and-mortar clothing store since.  Terrific site, exceptional customer service and an irreverence that makes buying clothes fun instead of horrifically boring.  And, of course, amazing pants.

Fitocracy: The company I love so much I became a Board Advisor.  These guys have found a way to make working out fun, exciting and social. I lost 44 pounds this year and Fitocracy was key.  We have big things planned for Fitocracy in 2012 so sign up and get moving!  Feel free to ping me for an invite code.

sherry:

So let me get this straight: Tumblr thinks that I still have contacts on Yahoo. Hotmail, AOL, or MSN? If I did, trust me I don’t even want to know about their Tumblr.

Ba-Zing!
But yes.

sherry:

So let me get this straight: Tumblr thinks that I still have contacts on Yahoo. Hotmail, AOL, or MSN? If I did, trust me I don’t even want to know about their Tumblr.

Ba-Zing!

But yes.

(via sherry-deactivated20120901)