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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.” - houseoftombombadil
As 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.
reblogging again for this ^
Ugh. Really nervous about this acquisition, especially given that it seems imminent. I recognize that tumblr needs to monetize, and I don’t even object to being subjected to ads to help pay the bills, but I think this route risks changing it beyond recognition—especially with regard to restricting NSFW and (potentially) fandom content.
Let’s all promise to meet at LJ or Dreamwidth or something if everything goes pear-shaped down the road. :/
I’m showing my age by saying this, but I also saw Yahoo buy a number of sites back in the day, amongst them the e-groups site, which they turned into ‘yahoo groups’. The quality plummeted instantly, and the mature content was of course treated much worse than it had been with e-groups. Where they had previously stored images and other files with the messages they were attached to, making for easy and comprehensible reading, when Yahoo got a hold of them, they obliterated these attachments in archive, only allowing them to be sent initially, but never stored. The e-groups community effectively vapourised and yahoo groups exists today…as a relative ghost town.
I would be appalled if tumblr were ‘acquired’ and treated the same way. Hey, yeah, that gif you posted a few months back? Gone. Your updates about your comic? History. The sexy sketch you did? Pfft. tumblr may be lacking sometimes in direction and support, it’s true…but I’d rather have the grievances we have now — relatively minor — than the major problem of an entirely new administration.
I can only see the tumblr community being detrimentally affected by a company like Yahoo buying it. I wish today’s society would stop thinking that ‘acquiring’ things is the way to go. We don’t want a handful of companies controlling everything; in fact, it’s paramount we don’t have that. Censorship and especially discriminatory attitudes towards certain types of content are only furthered by having all these communities bought up and placed in the hands of a tiny few.
tumblr must remain its own. If and when any sale is done, it should not be to an industry giant like Yahoo or Google, but to someone who can remain independent from them, not caving to their nonsense. Because while it may seem like it’s going to be a super-great thing for the company who buys it, it won’t: treat tumblr like any other asinine social networking site and the users will desert it faster than cockroaches when the lights turn on.
Or like those puffballs in Totoro. There are probably a number of gifs of it on tumblr. But those probably won’t be around too much longer if Yahoo buys it up. Just saying.