Date: 2013-05-20 06:08 am (UTC)
silverflight8: Barcode with silverflight8 on top and userid underneath (_support)
From: [personal profile] silverflight8
It's fascinating how similar the announcements are. And "incredible journey" becomes a phrase devoid of all meaning after scrolling through two pages of that tumblr.

Date: 2013-05-20 06:31 am (UTC)
ldybastet: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ldybastet
That was depressing. :( There's something about this whole thing... one or two huge companies that buy up every fun site or service in the universe and then closing them. It makes me sad.

And now I guess it's time to prepare for the closing of Tumblr in the future. Grr.

Date: 2013-05-20 04:51 pm (UTC)
silverflight8: 2010 Nanowrimo: text "sentences do not require verbs" (Nanowrimo 2010)
From: [personal profile] silverflight8
Honestly, I'm not sure. tumblr is a lot bigger than the sites listed there (all of which I've never heard of, but try running into a user on the internet who hasn't, in some way, heard of tumblr). I don't think the use cases are the same.

Date: 2013-05-20 11:22 am (UTC)
fascination: A photo cropped that it only shows a woman's legs amongst a pile of books. (High-heels and books.)
From: [personal profile] fascination
It's incredibly upsetting to see that. So many new, creative companies that are initially funded with VC seed money, only to disappear two or three years later once Google, Yahoo or Facebook buys them out, mostly to grab the people, but leaving the actual creations those people created to die.

Date: 2013-05-20 12:22 pm (UTC)
liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
From: [personal profile] liv
How much chance is there of setting something up that can import from Tumblr to DW before Yahoo shuts Tumblr down? I believe Tumblr has a fairly plausible API, right? It's too big a project for me, sadly, but it would be a huge boost to DW if someone could do it!

Date: 2013-05-20 01:14 pm (UTC)
ext_3679: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
You're absolutely right, if someone could figure that out it'd be huge for DW. I think it'd be the first non-LJ codebase site that could be imported, and in the parts of Tumblr I hang out in there's a huge audience overlap with DW. I actually came up with a manual method to import from Tumblr to LJ, but it relies on LJ's repost function.

On the technical side the importer wouldn't have to worry about followers/followed, because on Tumblr those relationships hold no special privileges anyway. And Tumblr lets people rename freely, with the caveat that links inside of posts can break at any time, so the importer wouldn't need to worry about re-writing username references. I think the only difficulty might be in tags - the way they're used on Tumblr, some people might hit a few thousand tags inside of a week, and there's no way all those tags could be imported to DW.

Date: 2013-05-20 03:36 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
On the other hand, many of those tags aren't used as search-metadata but as content-metadata, and those are often the accounts with thousands of them. Perhaps a checkbox, on import, for "yes try to map the tags as tags" or "no, include all tags as text footers to the entry content" with the caveat that after a certain processing limit, all tags will become text footers, and/or the opportunity to add a unique tag to the import so the entries can be found again easily.

Date: 2013-05-20 04:39 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
Oh, good thought! And DW has the handy tag renaming, in case anyone wants to adjust their DW tags to match their Tumblr versions before they import. Perhaps a note to that effect, reminding people of the possibility when they go to the import page, would be useful.

Date: 2013-05-20 04:47 pm (UTC)
liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
From: [personal profile] liv
OK, that's really interesting! I have only heard the vaguest of rumours about the deal, I'm obviously looking in the wrong places. I still don't think Tumblr actually has a business model, so I am intrigued (in a slightly terrified way) to see how Yahoo reckon they're going to monetize it. But it makes sense that they've bought it to use it, not to shut down a rival or poach the programming talent.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:04 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
There was a piece on Buzzfeed about how Tumblr has the 18-24 demographic which Yahoo wants to capture.... and well, it wasn't the best written article which is why I'm not bothering to track down a link, but that is reasonably compelling point.


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