FACTS ABOUT THINGS:
- TUMBLR WAS GETTING TOO EXPENSIVE. THEIR OPTIONS WERE TO EITHER SELL IT OR SHUT IT DOWN.
- YAHOO SAYS THEY’RE GOING TO LET IT RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS. IN THEORY, NOTHING WILL CHANGE EXCEPT FOR WHO’S LEGALLY OWNING IT.
- NOW EVERYONE CALM DOWN.
Actual facts about things:
- Tumblr was having serious financial troubles, but either sell or shut down weren’t their only options. There are other ways to monetize social networking sites.
- Yahoo did say they were going to let Tumblr run as an independent business, but they didn’t say they were going to let Tumblr run as an independent business forever, so in theory, a lot of things might change eventually.
- People have a right to be upset especially given how incompetent Yahoo has proven to be in the past, and how much Tumblr means to so many people. If you’re upset and you want to complain, then GO AHEAD BECAUSE YOUR FEELINGS AND OPINIONS ARE VALID, AND YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THEM.
The reality that yahoo might buy tumblr is hitting me hard.
I love this website, and honestly, I don’t think it would be the end of the world if it was sold, but if it is sold to yahoo, then it might be the end of Tumblr. Yahoo is really shitty, and a lot of what they do is buy out social networks, ruin them by being incompetent, then close them. When it comes down to it, Yahoo just doesn’t know how to appeal to people right now.
What really gets me is that at this point, Tumblr will sell for enough that it’s not a stupid move to sell, but it still won’t sell for as much as it probably would in a year or two. Tumblr is still growing fast enough, and all it would take are a few more changes to make it even more popular (better marketing, a more welcoming attitude to extensions, necessary improvements [such as, for example, a better video player], more interactions with users to find out what people prefer, more features [chat? contests? anything that doesn’t suck, really], recommending blogs to new users so they can find the website easier and more pleasant to use straight away, etc.)
And I get that tumblr is short on money, but wouldn’t it be so much better to get enough money to stay afloat for another few years, THEN sell for even more money than it’s worth right now? Because it would be doable for tumblr to get enough money to manage for another few years.
They could crowd-source a fair amount of money just by asking people to donate, and sell some advertising space on the dashboard. They could also add a few extra premium features that people would have to pay to get (a.k.a. the current version of tumblr is free, but if you want some extra cool options, you have to pay a bit). They could also start selling some tumblr merchandise (or even integrate a store where users can sell small prints of their own directly on tumblr).
I understand that these options might not necessarily be the best for tumblr, but that’s the point: they have a lot of options (many more than the ones I listed, I promise). They don’t need to sell right away, and if they do sell, it really shouldn’t be to yahoo.
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