Saturday, 20 July 2013

Following the fallout over Yahoo allegedly shutting down NSFW blogs, I’d like to know a few few things.

First of all, how much do people know about it? Do you know any of the blogs in question or did you just see a screencap of a tweet from Yahoo (a tweet which, I should point out, I’ve found it impossible to find on Twitter) or did you specifically see them get shut down?

Were the blogs in any way underage or hardcore porn? Because if it was underage then that goes beyond pornography to the territory of illegality. According to some articles I’ve read a good few of them were ones which glorified that kinda of stuff along with serious conditions like anorexia.

If they genuinely are shutting down NSFW blogs (which should be tagged as NSFW anyway) then I’m sure you can find some sites to replace it for you. Sure just google “porn” and I’m sure you’ll find something!

Friday, 24 May 2013

I find it quite funny that Tumblr is still fascinated by transparency. Like, did one day you guys all just wake up and think “oh my god, I can make background see through???”

Monday, 20 May 2013

Create your tumblelog and never look back

tumblr homepage on January 1st 2009
Sunday, 19 May 2013

I told you that you didn’t have to worry so much, didn’t I?

According to the Wall Street Journal Tumblr has been bought by Yahoo but will be permitted to run independently, like I predicted last night.

I have no doubt there’ll be changes, namely in the form of advertising, but that’s not unusual. It’s unlikely that adverts will be placed on your blog page. Instead, a sidebar advert may be added to the current dashboard. Not too complicated and not that intrusive.

So stop worrying.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Yahoo and Tumblr

Yahoo is buying Tumblr. Well, they’re in talks at least, with chances being that they will buy the website for 1.1 billion. Why does this matter though?

Yahoo is struggling, with only 4 billion cash on hand after selling various assets. It buying Tumblr could be good for Yahoo and breathe new life into it. It could also be good for Tumblr, or it could be bad.

Let’s focus on what could happen if yahoo buy Tumblr though. Nothing will change, at least not by much. Yahoo may be a failing company, but I doubt they’re stupid. David Karp is rumoured to be staying on as CEO of Tumblr for the next 4 years, to make it grow. This means that it’s more than likely that Tumblr will continue to exist as is.

Yahoo aren’t stupid, as I said before. They don’t want their last chance to become a viable competitor to Google and Facebook to fail…and at the moment Tumblr is growing. It makes sense to take the same route as Disney did with Pixar and Google did with YouTube. It will be under the Yahoo umbrella, but it won’t be directly run by Yahoo. Makes sense right?

Facebook is also rumoured to potentially swoop in at the last minute and buy out Tumblr. This is unlikely. They don’t have to. They already used this strategy to buy out Instagram..which is another reason Yahoo needs Tumblr to stay successful.

If Yahoo takes over Tumblr completely, with no independence allowed, it’s likely that Facebook would reduce. Tumblr could fail, and the social networking giant loses one of it’s latest competitors. They can sit back and watch it fall apart.

So whether or not the deal goes through tomorrow, Tumblr will probably remain the same. The worst that will happen is that we’ll get an ad at the side of our dashboard. And let’s face it, adBlock+ would mend that quick enough. Or we could just bear it.

It’s not going to stop you reblogging. It’s not going to change your blog. That would be a bad business decision and would be the final blow to the struggling company that is Yahoo. They won’t make that decision. If they do, they’re idiots and will have to watch as 1.1 billion gets flushed away and a new company takes the place of Tumblr. 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

edwardspoonhands:

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I love Tumblr…big big love. And I like that you can like or reblog something without commenting on it, because, like, not everything needs commentary…not everything needs to be analyzed to be amplified.

But when I post original content (specifically blog posts or videos) I really like to…

I really like that someone who actually has some degree of influence on Tumblr is pointing this out. As Hank alludes to in this, the vast majority of blogs on Tumblr are people just reblogging photos of things they like, which is great and all, or posting (often stolen) pictures originally to try to get notes. 

Now there’s some things that I can add to this. The first is mainly a focus on what a blog is. Tumblr is changing the face of blogging, there’s no doubt about that. Once bloggers were people who wrote long articles about their point of view on things to a certain theme. Tumblr is more about compacting things, or presenting them visually. Both styles still have a place, but what they have in common is that both are personal and expressive of the person behind the blog. 

This is why I said that “the vast majority of blogs" rather than people on Tumblr…because that’s what it is becoming, at least in my eyes. It’s becoming more about the popularity of the blog than the blogger’s views. People are becoming entities, and all for the sake of a number. That’s all notes are guys, a number!

Now obviously this is a broad and sweeping statement, but all of you look at your blogs. How often do you interact with followers? Is your blog merely a conduit for other people’s content? And which do you prefer?

Personally I prefer to see bloggers as people, and that’s why, on the rare occasion I post something that any of you reblog I’d like to see people comment. That’s why, whenever I post anything opiniony (grammar police go crazy!) I try to make it a question you can reply to..and failing that I always mention that my ask box is open as are Disqus comments. It’s not to make myself seem popular, although that’s always nice. Instead, it’s to see the people behind the numbers.

So who are you? Who are the people reading this?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Tumblr still doesn’t give great support to video posts on responsive themes..which is a shame really. Literally all they have to do is add a {VideoURL} block/tag and we’d be able to have them resize easily…least that’s the theory.

Correct me if I’m wrong. I’d love to hear about a workaround at least!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The meetup today was quite enjoyable. Anyone who I met at it and wants to follow me, feel free to and I’ll find your URLs that way. 

I’ve also been introduced to Homestuck by some people who were wearing horns, facepaint and coloured contacts, which I’m actually going to check out despite them confusing the heck out of me. I’m going to post my thoughts as I go through it on Tumblr (because I think it’ll be a bit of fun), but not on here (because most of you don’t care). However, if you are curious (or you’re one of the people who “introduced” it to me today) feel free to check out lukeshomestuckadventure.tumblr.com

That blog may eventually freefall into madness so if that’s your thing..go for it!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

On the new Tumblr

So most of you will, by now have got the new Tumblr dashboard features. What does everyone think of it? I know there’s a lot of hate going around so I’m here to give my opinion.

First of all, try to understand that this is coming as much from someone who’s interested in web design/graphics design as someone who uses Tumblr on a regular basis. I’m going to cover every single feature that I would use often, whether that be on this blog here, or one of the other blogs I contribute to or run (notably Nerdcrafteria).

New Posting Style and interface:

The way the box pops out is something I’ve always liked. It’s always seemed to me to be quicker, and it is. You don’t have to load a whole new web page for a start. Pop out text boxes can make everything more efficient. Right now I don’t feel like I’m writing a serious article, like I would in a word processing program, but instead feel like this is blogging on the fly, in a very personal way. Once I’m done here all I have to do is click one button and it feels like I’m seamlessly returning to my dashboard feed. 

The interface, in the opinion of someone who has had to design an interface before and who has used Tumblr for years now, feels cleaner. Features that I don’t have to use aren’t visible to confuse me. Overall, in this regard it feels easier to use.

A problem I do have with the posting interface is that it relies heavily on people knowing that the little arrow beside your blog name and the gear in the top right corner are clickable and can bring up more options. These are basic options. Along with that the twitter symbol at the bottom doesn’t make it immediately obvious that you want to make this post for to twitter, which I don’t. Good news is it’s obvious when you turn it on and even gives you a pop up box with the tweet in it. Tags too can seem confusing to the new user. How do I separate them? I know, but only because I used the old interface and understand the workings of  the website. What about new users? Or people who don’t have that amount of experience?

Reblogging Interface:

To me the reblogging interface is really where the efficient and sleek design of what I’m going to call “blogging on the go” comes in. Reblogging is designed to be quick and simple, usually involving the reblogger adding only a few words (not a paragraph), if even that at all.

Now in just 2 clicks I can have a post reblogged, should I wish to, and with no page loading. It feels faster. Now whether it really is is a matter of opinion, but online that’s not a huge deal. If I think it’s faster then to me it is faster.

Tagging is easy to do, once you know how to separate them, and deleting tags is easier than ever. Literally all you have to do is click on a tag you already added and delete it. The bigger box for tags makes them feel less crammed in and easier to see

Drag and drop functionality:

Drag and drop uploading is something that’s becoming increasingly common. Now you can do it on Tumblr. Admittedly this is only useful if you don’t have all your windows open on full screen (iMac and dual monitor users will most benefit from this), but it’s still a case of making it easy and more friendly to use. Drag and drop to move things feels natural, so why not have it on websites? 

A problem with the photo thing though, is the rearranging of photos in a photoset. To test, I uploaded 10 photos (the max). They uploaded with 1 large at the top and 9 smaller ones below it. Ok, that’s fine, but I want a different one up the top. I spent a minute or two just dragging them around and eventually got it, but it shouldn’t have taken me that long. Something that was said to be so easy to use shouldn’t be that difficult. It is a step up from not being able to re-order them at all, but a step when we consider how easy it was to change the layout before. Now if I want to change the layout I have to drag them around a bit first. Initial reaction, not very intuitive at all.

Conclusion:


While I think that the new features are an improvement, they are held back by certain aspects. Usability is good, but is severely lacking in places. I imagine a new user might find it difficult to pick up on some of the symbols. 

However, aesthetically it is a massive step up. I’ve gone into detail on this above. Interfaces feel clean and open, uncluttered. Overall it feels like Tumblr is finally becoming a friendly and open website, where you are encouraged to express yourself.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I can see that another few posts have popped up on my dash, as I haven’t even left the web-page.

But first, what are your opinions? Do you agree with anything I said?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Can someone please explain to me how so many people who I was under the impression were quite intelligent and tech-savvy managed to get all that “this post was verified by a tumblr employee” spam on their pages?

In case it’s not obvious, that isn’t a legitimate post at all