Are Tumblr’s transparency issues just poor organization, or a symptom of something more troublesome?
While yesterday’s tag search fiasco could be simply an issue of a glitch quickly fixed, it seems that Tumblr could have benefited from a quick update to its staff or support blogs to inform users about what was happening.
Instead, the lack of transparency points to a larger elephant in the room: Tumblr’s sudden stagnation in the face of tremendous growth.
In the last year, Tumblr quadrupled its userbase from 20 million blogs in late 2011 to 103 million as of this week. With over 70 million posts and reblogs a day, the growth of Tumblr is nothing short of staggering. After its latest round of venture capital, Tumblr is valued at somewhere around $1 billion.
Instead of expanding its functionality and communicating more with its userbase, however, Tumblr seems to have grown even more reticent and has alarmingly halted many of its services.
In addition to last week’s much talked-about closure of Storyboard, Tumblr’s award-winning editorial branch, Betabeat noted that Tumblr’s leadership has been floundering recently, characterized by a revolving door of executives around CEO David Karp. In addition to the Storyboard layoffs, Tumblr has seen a long line of departmental heads come and go—most recently the executive vice president and vice president of engineering.
And it’s not only Storyboard that’s fallen abruptly silent: Gifwich, Tumblr’s in-house GIF blog, abruptly stopped updating two weeks ago. Reblorg, Tumblr’s official hub for spotlighting user’s original works, hasn’t been updated in five months. Yet no official announcement about either of these projects has come from Tumblr. [READ MORE]
Wedding in the rain on Flickr.
Knowing which end of a camera to look through means that you are obliged to take pictures at family events. This was a wedding in Brisbane. I used to do this kind of thing for a living, and i am so glad i do not have to anymore. It was raining the whole day, so it was a real challenge for the guy who was there to shoot it! I was content to wander around with the micro four/thirds and take black and white. I really enjoyed it. It all came back to me. I have immense respect for the men and women who do this every week, its really hard work. I love to turn the camera back, as in this pan
70’s Casala chair spotted by the railway tracks, brought home, cleaned up, and now on display in the studio
Bicentennial Civic Centre | Lucio Morini & GGMPU
Location: Córdoba, Argentina
Threshold by Louise Lavarack
Location: Kororoit Creek at Barnes Road Bridge, Altona North, Victoria, Australia
Nikon D700 - Nikkor 14-24mm
f2.8 - 1/20 - ISO 640