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We here at Tumblr work hard to ensure you can use your account across a wide range of devices and older systems, but at some point we have to throw our bodies upon the gears and say stop.
Specifically, Internet Explorer on Windows XP no longer provides adequate security measures to protect your sensitive online information from being compromised. Consequently, Tumblr will be soon be ceasing support of IE on Windows XP.
So, if you’re using XP, you’re going to need a different browser. Chrome or Firefox would be our suggestions, personally.
If you’re absolutely committed to IE, then you’ll have to upgrade to a newer version of Windows.
We know it’s a tiny bit of a pain to switch, but your security is paramount.
Permalinks are permanent links (URLs) to individual posts. You can access a post’s permalink in the Dashboard, as well as on most public blogs.
From the Dashboard:
Hover your mouse over the upper-right corner of any post on the Dashboard.
Click the dog ear that appears, or keep hovering to view what time the post was published.
Click the Share icon on the bottom of any post.
Click the permalink button that appears. It will open to the post page.
From a public blog:
If you are on a public blog, keep in mind that each theme will have its own way of connecting you to a post’s permalink. Look for the icons and links surrounding a post — generally a permalink can be accessed by clicking on a post’s date and time, the link to its notes, or a similar symbol for a hyperlink.
For instance, hovering over the post time or its notes shows that those both link to the post at:
We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances¹. Please download the update now.
If you’ve been using these apps, you should also update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you may have been using the same password. It’s also good practice to use different passwords across different services by using an app like 1Password or LastPass.
Please know that we take your security very seriously and are tremendously sorry for this lapse and inconvenience.
¹ "Sniffed" in transit on certain versions of the app
Spinning Up: Front Row Seats to All The Stuff You Love
Tumblr is a great way to discover and keep up with new things you’ll love.
Your Dashboard is where it’s at. All of the posts from the blogs you follow, as well as posts from other blogs that you might like show up in your Dashboard. You can use your keyboard to quickly move between posts, Like, and Reblog. You can do a lot on the Dashboard, so we’ll start with the basics.
Follow some blogs!
There are tons of ways to discover blogs. In fact, you may already know of a few blogs you like and want to follow. To follow those blogs, simply visit them and click the “Follow” button in the top-right corner. When you return to your Dashboard, you’ll see posts from that blog.
Finding more blogs to follow that you may not know about is just as easy. In your Dashboard, on the right side, there’s a button that says “Find Blogs”. This will take you to the Spotlight. This is the home to all of the best blogs to follow for any topic that you’re in to.
Finding More Stuff You Love!
Not seeing anything that interests you? Don’t worry. By entering a phrase or name in to the Search area on the top-right of your Dashboard, you’ll see tons of related posts and suggestions for relevant blogs. Use the Search feature to find and follow awesome blogs! If you want to keep tabs on the tags you search, you can track them.
Now that you’ve got a Dashboard full of awesome stuff, you’ll probably like a way to hang on to the posts that really catch your eye. By clicking the Like button in the top-right corner of a post, you add it to your Likes. You can view your Likes by clicking the Liked button in the right side of your Dashboard. Here, you can check out all of the posts you’ve liked.
If you connect your Tumblr with your Facebook account, you can (optionally) automatically share the posts you Like to your Facebook Timeline.
You’ve got a great Dashboard with stuff you love, and you can keep on finding more great blogs to follow - to keep things fresh.
If for some reason, you ever want to stop following a blog, you can visit your Following page and manage your blogs there.
In our next post, we’ll talk about becoming a Curator of amazing content and getting started with running a blog of your own!
Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.
So what’s new? Simply, Tumblr gets better faster. The work ahead of us remains the same – and we still have a long way to go! – but with more resources to draw from.
Yahoo is the original Internet company, and Marissa and her team share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. I couldn’t be more excited to have her help. We also share a vision for Tumblr’s business that doesn’t compromise the community and product we love. Plus both our logos end with punctuation!
As always, everything that Tumblr is, we owe to this unbelievable community. We won’t let you down.
I am looking directly at those who create and post webcomics on tumblr.
Deep into your eyes.
A great comic can lose its chance at being popular if it is presented poorly. When creating your comics, always assume that no one will click to enlarge your images. You must present your comic so it is clearly viewed on the dashboard. You can make it high resolution, but be sure that the text is easily read and the detail in the images is not lost at 500 pixels wide.
Instead of orienting your comic horizontally, do it vertically. If you exceed more than 2 panels, make another image and create a photoset. With the new photoset system, you can stack up to ten images vertically. Just drag the images until you have a horizontal blue line to stack them. Owlturd is a great example of how to properly present your comics. It is easily consumed without any enlargement.
Making sure your comic is easily visible at 500 pixels wide will ensure that you get the maximum amount of notes and reblogs possible. Always save your comics as a draft and inspect it before you publish. If anything looks hard to make out, adjust it. If you post your comic on another site and it is horizontally oriented, consider splicing up the panels and creating a vertical version for tumblr.
I am seeing way too many comics that are 4 panels wide and the text is so tiny it cannot be made out without enlargement. Many people will scroll right on by and never look at your comic. Please don’t make this mistake. I want all artists on tumblr to get the attention they deserve.
Our new post forms offer an easy way to create Photosets. When you click photo post, you can pull images from a URL (note the word URL at the bottom of the photo area), drag and drop photos from your computer, or click the add photo icon to access your image files.
The drag and drop makes creating these posts so much easier than the click, click, clicking we had to go through with the old post form.
And reordering them is easier, as well. Just grab a photo and place it where you’d like.
Hover over an image to add a caption.
Add a note for your followers and tags so your amazing photos can be discovered by other users.
And preview, save, or publish your amazing work!
We’re really excited about this new form. If you find anything acting odd or not working as expected, please let us know.
As many of you know, Tumblr is implementing a new post form which allows us to post and reblog content the same way we’re reading it. With the new forms, however, a lot of things have moved around a little, and there have been a lot of questions about the “Reblog As" feature in particular.
When you reblog a long Text post, we default to truncating the content and reblogging it as a Link post, linking back to the original Text Post. In a lot of situations this helps prevent your follower’s Dashboards from being dominated by walls of text, but sometimes you still want to reblog the entire content. You can still do this in the new post forms.
This is a large text post, the first one encountered on the #Politics tag. First, I’m going to try to reblog it.
As you can see, the content is truncated, and the post type becomes a Link (you can see the icon in the upper right corner, beside the gear). To change this back, click that Link icon.
You will then be given the option to change your post type into a Text, Link, or Quote post. I’ll be switching this reblog back to the original Text post.
And there you have it. When I hit “Reblog post” the post will appear just as it did in the original content, with any additional commentary I’ve included.
If you have any issues with this process, or with the new post forms overall, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
This morning, some of you may have noticed a spam post appearing repeatedly on your Dashboard and on the blogs of a few thousand affected accounts. We quickly identified the source, removed the posts, and restored service to normal.
No accounts have been compromised, and you don’t need to take any further action.
Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. As always, we are going to great lengths to make sure this type of abuse does not happen again.
Blogging on tumblr is like a walk in a park. Everything is made easy for its users, from viewing posts of the blogs you follow to posting new stuff and managing them. In fact, everything you need is laid for you right in your dashboard.
But would you believe me if there are 6 shortcut keys that can make that easy even easier? 6 Shortcut keys you might not know of
1. View Quick Blog Info
Do you have multiple blogs and you want to view one of your blog’s info like number of followers or number of messages you received without navigating away from your dashboard. You can do that by holding alt key + click your blog title for windows or hold cmd + click your blog title for mac. A bubble will appear with the desired info
2. Reblog A Post Instantly Without Leaving Your Dash
You want to reblog a post but you don’t want to leave your dashboard? Now you can. Just hold alt key + click the reblog button for windows or hold cmd + click reblog button for mac. Once the button is marked as green, then the post is successfully reblogged!
3. Time Posted
Want to know what time a blog post was posted? Now you can, just simply hover your mouse pointer to the upper right corner of a post. A bubble will appear with the info
Have you updated your Preferences and Settings lately? Preferences apply to your entire account, while a separate Settings page exists for each blog you own. It’s a good idea to keep both of these areas up-to-date with how you’d like to run your corner of the Tumblr world.
To get to Preferences, click the gear wheel icon in the top, right-hand area of your Dashboard or visit https://tumblr.com/preferences. This is where you can edit your email address, change your password, choose your post editor, and make changes to how your Dashboard displays things.
To get to Settings, click on a blog title at the top of your Dashboard or under the list icon at the top, right-hand corner of the Dashboard. Then click Blog Settings on the right side of the screen. Here you can change your portrait photo, blog URL, and custom domain, and you can find settings for Replies, Ask Submit, Facebook, Twitter, email posting, and more.
Leah Taub, Tumblr user and street performer extraordinaire, visited the Tumblr Richmond office! We had a wonderful time hearing stories of her travels around the US while busking this summer, and she was kind enough to play a couple of songs for us!
I’ve been around Tumblr long enough to start believing that my longevity entitles me to some opinions. And, at the risk of sounding like the uncle who makes Thanksgiving awkward by being elderly and opinionated, I’d like to hold forth on what I think makes a blog good. In some cases, these might not be the same thing that will make your blog widely read
Don’t engage the slimemold. If you get in an argument with some goo growing in the drain, you’ll probably win. But nobody will be impressed and the goo won’t notice. The same thing applies with the thirteen-year-old who left a truly odious comment on a thread somewhere.
Engage other viewpoints. The accoustics on most of the Internet are terrible. Everything gets drowned out by the echoes. Find people you disagree with who you nevertheless respect. If you can’t find any, look harder (or look inward).
Go the extra mile. Fix the formatting of that messy reblog chain. Where possible, make it look decent. If you screwed something up, fix it.
Use hypertext like you mean it. It’s like text, but more. You’re not just putting words on the screen. You can add pictures, charts, videos. Any given word can become a link—which means it can have a multitude of different meanings. And every time somebody writes anything about millenials, you can link to this Monty Python sketch.
Kill your brand. Every once in a while, it’s worth throwing in a post about something that most of your blogs readers don’t care about. People will probably get outraged, but that’s okay. It helps disrupt the echo chamber thing.
Get the story right, even if it means you’re not the first person to get to the story. If somebody you want to be outraged with did something unbelievably outrageous, do some bare minimum of fact-checking to make sure it happened before believing it.
Write. Revise. One of the best ways to get better at writing is practice.
So I have some views. You may not share them. That’s fine. And some of these definitely won’t make you a super-famous blogger. I think you’ll draw more page views if you can be the first partisan to hack up a story—even if you get your facts wrong. But if you’re going to spend however many hours creating a space on the Internet, you might as well make it a decent one.
Did you know that you can change the post type when you Reblog? After clicking the Reblog button, click the gray “as…” button at the top of the screen. There you’ll be able to choose a different post type if you like.
This can be particularly useful when you want to Reblog a lengthy Text post. Tumblr will sometimes convert it to a Link to save space on the Dashboard, but you can always click “as…” and then choose “as Text” again.