If you have any desire at all to have a blog and have ever thought that any of the above bad reasons should stop you – please reconsider and start blogging
It’s been a long and winding road for Tumblr, the blogging site that launched a thousand writing careers. It sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013, then withered as Yahoo sold itself to AOL, AOL sold itself to Verizon, and Verizon realized it was a phone company after all. Through all that, the site’s fierce community hung on: it’s still Taylor Swift’s go-to social media platform, and fandoms of all kinds have homes there.
Verizon sold Tumblr for a reported $3 million this week, a far cry from the billion-dollar valuation it once had. But to Verizon’s credit, it chose to sell Tumblr to Automattic, the company behind WordPress, the publishing platform that runs some 34 percent of the world’s websites. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg thinks the future of Tumblr is bright. He wants the platform to bring back the best of old-school blogging, reinvented for mobile and connected to Tumblr’s still-vibrant community, and he’s retaining all 200 Tumblr employees to build that future. It’s the most exciting vision for Tumblr in years.
Matt joined Verge reporter Julia Alexander and me on a special Vergecast interview episode to chat about the deal, how it came together, what Automattic’s plans for Tumblr look like, and whether Tumblr might become an open-source project, like WordPress itself. (“That would be pretty cool,” said Matt.)
Matt Mullenweg discusses the transition to WordPress and the hope for alternative to today’s social platforms. I wonder what possibilities this might provide in regards to the IndieWeb? I also wonder how the possible increase of ads might impact the platform.
Colin Devroe suggests that Tumblr provides a new entry point for Automattic users, therefore provide solutions from ideas and full commerce.
If a site only works in Chrome it isn’t a web site it is a Chrome site.
Facebook announcing something: “We are connecting people all over the world.” My interpretation: “Our massive drones are really to collect even more information about people than we already collect and sell to that information to people we say we won’t sell information to. Oh, and to misinform people about just about every topic possible.”
There are several single posts in my blog’s archive that get well over 1,000 hits per month. I wish all of these people became subscribers or said just hello.
I remember when software didn’t require an internet connection.
I see that Google is killing the Inbox app and people are livid. People, stop being angry at Google for killing their services. They make money on Adwords, now some on Cloud Services, but that’s about it. Everything else is on the chopping block.
I’ve been fiddling with Mastodon (to the tune of over 500 toots). I’ve also been reading up on the history of the service a lot over the last few weeks. Here are some general observations that I’ve made along with a few helpful links.
It will never happen, but imagine a world where “everyone” that uses Twitter just posted to their own blog? What a world that would be! I do, however, see another fairly large exodus happening. It won’t hurt Twitter one iota.