A review by one of the folks sums it up perfectly:
“What worries me about Yahoo! buying Tumblr is how it would choose to incorporate the website into its email and homepage features. One of the reasons why Tumblr is so unique is because it’s a niche market. By adding more users who don’t fit into this niche, it would make it more difficult for communities to develop within Tumblr, and Tumblr would have to change to accommodate these new users. Tumblr as a website is not the kind that you can sign up for in a day and be on your way. It is a website crafted so that you can immediately post but must spend several weeks, sometimes even months, to build a community. With new users who would not be willing to spend time growing a community, Tumblr would have to be changed, which would alienate its current users. Those users have spent time and effort to make Tumblr what it is today, and they are the ones who spend time on the website daily. A user who is checking onto Tumblr because it’s attached to their homepage is not going to be as strong of a user nor as dedicated. By changing the website to suit this new user, you would lose the strong users while building an undedicated usership.
To any website that would think of buying Tumblr, they must understand that it is a website that cannot be changed to make it more user friendly to a casual blogger. I think that many Tumblr users would be less worried about a buy-out if they were promised that their communities and ways of using Tumblr would not be changed. No one is going to mind Yahoo! buying the website and gaining a few extra million dollars per year from the minimal advertising; what we will be upset with is if a company like Yahoo! then changes the website to increase casual users and decrease dedicated users. Yahoo! would gain nothing by losing this “cool” group of bloggers in an age group they so desperately want to reach, so they must cater to these individuals by leaving the website exactly as is.” - houseoftombombadil
As much as is does sound like a load of bullshit for someone to buy Tumblr, it’s a possibility. I Personally think it should stay independent and I hope David Karp keeps a hold of it like his own child. Or we make enough noise to where such major changes (if bought) will not happen. I would hate to see Tumblr turned into an advertising dump.
We’re not a ‘hip fad group’ to be marketed to. I hate the fact that’s all we look like to businesses in the end.
I think my sister was just getting frisky with her boyfriend…
Wanna know why I think that? Because all I heard for a couple minutes (besides the tv) was heavy breathing, kissing noises, and cloth, his swimming trunks I believe, rustling in a distinctive pattern…and I’m just thinking:
and don’t want to know, don’t want to know, do NOT want to know, DO NOT WANT TO KNOW, etc.
Wanna know why I heard all of this? Because I’m currently in my grandparents beach house, which has an open air second floor, that acts like a little balcony over the tv/living room area and you can hear everything that happens upstairs or downstairs in this open air space because the acoustics are pretty good…the second floor has a couch…that is where the sound was coming from…And I’m just like:
Because there are things I just don’t need to know about my sister/things I don’t need to hear my sister doing. And there are just some things my sister needs to not do within earshot of me.
Can this be? Is it true? Are my exams finished? My 12-15 page paper written and turned in? Is the semester really over? Is my mother really driving up right now to help me pack all my shit? Am I really going home tomorrow? Is it really summer? Is my Sophomore year truly over? The answer to ALL of these questions is YES! FUCKING FINALLY! I GET TO GO HOME! SCHOOL IS OVER! SUMMER BREAK HAS BEGUN! Thank GOD.
Here are some gifs (in no particular order) to demonstrate how this makes me feel: