Contrary to some users concerns, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr. Here’s 7 ideas I can think of how Yahoo could make Tumblr better by leveraging their own tech:
- More original photography and clearer attribution via Flickr. It’s easy to see how these two visually-oriented social media sites might work together, especially as Flickr has one of the better tools to share photos on Tumblr already.
- Better link sharing of Yahoo news content. One of my big pet peeves on Tumblr - unverified rumors spread more readily and don’t get corrected. Bringing in more professionally written news stories might lead to better conversations in the Tumblr-verse…
- Sharing chats straight from IM: wouldn’t it be cool (and more transparent) if you could import dialog straight form your IM window straight to Tumblr? Editing/formatting chats is cumbersome in the current version of Tumblr, but Yahoo already has it’s own popular chat service. They could even prompt a user to consent to sharing their discussion on the social site.
- "Ask me anything" could open up open-questions via Yahoo! Answers (a site which still gets a ton of questions). Call it "Ask us anything", and I think it might open up conversations in a way which might be helpful to users.
Easier link sharing through Delicious.Too late for this one I’m afraid…
- Mail/inbox integration. Not sure if anyone else wants an integrated inbox like this, but I think it’d be helpful to have more unified messaging systems all around, to reduce redundancy and clutter.
- Just leveraging the web/mobile engineering resources ought to make Tumblr better in the long run. In my wish list: bigger GIFs, larger image uploads, improved SEO, etc.
Some of these are more wishful thinking on my part, but I’m sure Yahoo put a lot more thought into how Tumblr fits into their overall strategy…
Which names would you add to the list?
- yoonyun pacificster
- genrl lectricly
At some point this year I’ll reach these social media milestones:
- 1 year of pinning on Pinterest (since June 2011)
- 2 years photographing on Instagram (since October 2010)
- 3 years checking-in on Foursquare (since March 2009)
- 4 years photoblogging on Tumblr (since July 2008)
- 5 years Tweeting on Twitter (since September 2007)
- 6 years of status updates on Facebook (since November 2006)
- 7 years of social networking on various sites (Myspace, Consumating, etc) since January 2005
- 8 years blogging on various sites (since July 2004)
- 9 years politicking and meeting IRL on MeetUp (since October 2003)
- 10+ years publishing on the web
Also this blog post is #1000 on http://matthurst.tumblr.com marking a key milestone in its own right!
Today I’m celebrating my 5-year anniversary with Miss Lauren Reid! Our first date was on opening night of “Snakes on a Plane” with about a dozen of her closest friends, and we spent long into the night discussing pop culture, music, and internet memes.
"Snakes on a Plane" shares a special place in my heart for this reason, although it was also one of the most anticipated internet memes ever, so I’d probably like it anyway. All this nostalgia for memes that were popular in 5 years ago got me thinking to make this list, a definitive record of shared cultural experiences from 2006:
- Hipster culture/Williamsburg, BK
- Nintendo Wii
- Amy Winehouse
- Second Life
- Mash-ups as a genre of music
- RIM Blackberry phones
- "Chronicles of Narnia" rap
- Al Gore + Global Warming (way to drop the ball, America)
- Snakes on a Plane
Looking at the list it’s easy to see how much has changed in 5 years, and personally how much I’ve grown up along with these changes. Not everything holds it’s cultural currency, but thankfully our relationship has endured. L