In response to the world’s need for new, innovative outlets for social networking becoming almost insatiable, David Karp and Marco Arment founded tumblr in 2007. It quickly became “the easiest way to blog”.
Tumblr is founded from tumbleblogging, a type of blogging that centres from quick, mixed-media posts. With simplicity the focus for attracting users, Tumblr requires little learning, if any at all, when creating and maintaining an account, and the instantaneous nature allows users to post, comment and reblog quickly and with ease.
Fourteen percent of teenagers who use the internet keep up a blog, according to a study released by Pew Internet and American Life Project, providing the perfect platform for tumblr to find it’s niche within the world wide web.
How To Sign Up
The process of designing your own tumblog is a relatively simple process. Firstly, you need an account. Got to the tumblr website (tumblr.com) and follow the prompts to set up your own free blog. The site requires an email address, a password and a URL. This URL is the address people can find your tumblog on. Once you’ve signed up, you can choose from a wide range of themes and customize your blog.
What can you do?
Initially, you are able to create a theme. There is a wide range of themes available, designed to inspire as much originality and creativity as you choose. From there, you have the opportunity to post any text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio and video you wish. There is an optional Ask feature that allows people to anonymously ask a question. There is a directory the categorizes blogs in regards to which is most popular. Tumblr is all about freedom of self expression, and therefore, it makes sense for it to be linked to other social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. With these sites, if you make a post you are able to sync it with Tumblr and it will appear on your blog. There is an option to make a queue of posts and have it automatically posting at intervals. This is especially ideal for the busy blogger who has many followers. There was Tumblarity, which was based on the quality and frequency of posts. However, this was abolished, as it became extremley competitive ; being at the top quickly overtook freedom of self expression as the main idea of Tumblr.
The dashboard is the homepage for your personal account.
It displays all recent posts by the blogs you are following, and your own posts. Each post gives you the option to like, and reblog, and for your own posts, it gives you the option to edit and delete. At the top of the page, there is links to the Dashboard, the Directory, Goodies, and a link to more options for your account. At the top right there is the search bar, which allows you to search either all of tumblr, your Dashboard, your posts, and help documents. Along the right of the dashboard is your URL, and then links to your posts, your followers, your pending Ask questions, drafts, your queue, and a link that allows you to customise your blog. Below this is the radar, which displays a popular post, which changes each time you refresh. Below this is a few recommended blogs, based on the blogs that you follow. The layout is simple and easy to use, while being the portal to all things tumblr.
Anonymous said: Tell me about the Ask feature.
Recently, tumblr added a feature that allows users to ask other blog users questions and send comments. The need for this feature came about because of a site called formspring, which allowed people to anonymously ask questions, and have their questions answered. There is a feature on formspring which allows your answers to appear on your tumblr blog. But after a while tumblr realised that people had started using formspring more often than tumblr, which alerted them of the need for an ask feature.
It works the same way. People click the ask button on your icon, and ask a question, so that the next time the blog user logs in, they will see the question in their messages folder, and be able to answer the question. The answer is then automatically posted on their blog to allow all tumblr users to see. This provided an innovative alternative to formspring, and since its introduction, more and more people have stopped using formspring and started using the ask feature on tumblr.
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