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!