Opinion: Yahoo and Tumblr, Questions Linger, Not Convinced

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I am not crazy about Yahoo’s proposed buy of Tumblr. It has been documented that past purchases of other web services have not worked out well for users. Geocities and Delicious are both prime examples. Tumblr could meet the same fate which would be devastating for those who have put their heart and soul into their blogs. Many people have built their whole web identity on this platform. 

Is Marissa Mayer different than previous leadership, I don’t know. She is very aggressive and expects results. Coming from Google Mayer has much to prove to Yahoo’s shareholders and the tech community. 

David Karp would continue to lead Tumblr but would report to Mayer and he would have to produce. I also hear that financially money is not coming in fast enough to keep Tumblr afloat. It’s going to be a situation where there is going to need cash to stay alive. So we are in a quandry.

I am reluctant to endorse the move. No I am not a shareholder but I am a user and I don’t know if our blogs would have to carry ads on them. Currently they don’t. I hate the idea of advertising on our posts like WordPress.com attaches to their users. Would Yahoo censor or restrict content, that is the billion dollar question for a lot of people. 

If Yahoo is not careful, there will be a mass exodus of bloggers if they don’t respect us and assure us we can keep using Tumblr in the way we have become accustomed to. It could be Yahoo would spend a lot of money and get nothing in return.

So we now come to a meeting being held tomorrow by Yahoo’s board that will make a very important decision. We will have to stay tuned for breaking news. I hate its come to this but we might have to get used to the idea. Lets hang on until we see what happens.

Keep on blogging like there is no tomorrow.

Tumblr and the Older Blogger

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I really enjoy this thing called Tumblr. David Karp was on to something when he and his team started this social blogging platform. The number of people here with varied interests is amazing. Creating a sense of community here can be fun.

Being an “older” blogger here can be a interesting experience. My “about” on my blog says I am 40-something. This fact led me to ask the question, can younger and older bloggers find common ground and have a shared experience that brings them together. How much in common would someone in their early 20’s have with a person in their 30’s, 40’s and lets say 50’s. Tumblr has a large younger demographic. However there are many of us who skew older than lets say 18-25.

I enjoy my time here. This platform can be open to people of all ages, races, orientation and interests. Blogging can keep you younger and can keep you relevant in today’s changing world. What are your thoughts on this?