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A review by one of the folks sums it up perfectly:
“What worries me about Yahoo! buying Tumblr is how it would choose to incorporate the website into its email and homepage features. One of the reasons why Tumblr is so unique is because it’s a niche market. By adding more users who don’t fit into this niche, it would make it more difficult for communities to develop within Tumblr, and Tumblr would have to change to accommodate these new users. Tumblr as a website is not the kind that you can sign up for in a day and be on your way. It is a website crafted so that you can immediately post but must spend several weeks, sometimes even months, to build a community. With new users who would not be willing to spend time growing a community, Tumblr would have to be changed, which would alienate its current users. Those users have spent time and effort to make Tumblr what it is today, and they are the ones who spend time on the website daily. A user who is checking onto Tumblr because it’s attached to their homepage is not going to be as strong of a user nor as dedicated. By changing the website to suit this new user, you would lose the strong users while building an undedicated usership.
To any website that would think of buying Tumblr, they must understand that it is a website that cannot be changed to make it more user friendly to a casual blogger. I think that many Tumblr users would be less worried about a buy-out if they were promised that their communities and ways of using Tumblr would not be changed. No one is going to mind Yahoo! buying the website and gaining a few extra million dollars per year from the minimal advertising; what we will be upset with is if a company like Yahoo! then changes the website to increase casual users and decrease dedicated users. Yahoo! would gain nothing by losing this “cool” group of bloggers in an age group they so desperately want to reach, so they must cater to these individuals by leaving the website exactly as is.” - houseoftombombadilAs much as is does sound like a load of bullshit for someone to buy Tumblr, it’s a possibility. I Personally think it should stay independent and I hope David Karp keeps a hold of it like his own child. Or we make enough noise to where such major changes (if bought) will not happen. I would hate to see Tumblr turned into an advertising dump.We’re not a ‘hip fad group’ to be marketed to. I hate the fact that’s all we look like to businesses in the end.
Frankly, I disagree. One of the things I hated about Tumblr when I first joined— and one of the things I continue to hate about it to this day— is that its features and usage are so poorly documented that learning to use this site is an exercise in frustration, and the only reason it takes weeks or months for people to build a community on here is that that’s how long it usually takes them to figure out how to use the damn site in the first place. And when people do finally figure it out, they realize that Tumblr is sorely lacking in basic features that are prominent on almost every other major blogging platform available right now. This isn’t “cool.” It’s problem.
From its interface to its functionality, Tumblr has numerous flaws. Making this site more user friendly is long overdue, and I for one hope Meyer’s team makes it their first priority to open a line of dialogue with tumblr users and establish what changes/additions people have been hoping for that Tumblr has failed to deliver on.
As for more “casuals” joining tumblr— realize that like any website, Tumblr needs a steady influx of new users in order to attract advertisers and stay solvent. Tumblr’s riding a wave of popularity at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the same will be true a year from now. Will Tumblr lose some of its charm because it’s no longer just for “the cool kids?” Sure. But if the only reason you were hanging out on a social network is because of some imagined idea of exclusivity you’ve got to accept that the internet is a crowded place and at some point people will want to share your little corner of it. Especially if your corner is a ginormous social blogging platform.
There are plenty of reasons to be worried about Yahoo buying tumblr, but this isn’t one of them.