This GIF via TheFrogman perfectly describes how I currently feel about the Yahoo! takeover.
I hope Yahoo! understands that Tumblr is not just a bunch of high school kids. Most of the people I follow are not. We are creators, innovators, and activists. We embrace hardcore Internet freedom to express ourselves and post whatever the heck we want. There is porn on Tumblr! Lots of it! I do not endorse it at all, but it’s there for those who search.
Tumblr is for a massive variety of people that CANNOT be generalized
FANDOMS. Of EVERYTHING.
Independent artists, authors, musicians, and programmers
Social justice warriors, conspiracy theorists, feminists, LGBT activists, and otherwise highly-opinionated individuals
Personal communities of like-minded individuals who don’t feel they belong anywhere else
There are “hipster blogs” here to escape from the “cool”, “mainstream” social world which Yahoo! is exactly trying to become. We don’t like your kind around here.
Yahoo! is what my mom uses to check her e-mail. It’s full of mainstream celebrity news that old people think we care about. Yahoo Answers doesn’t even allow the use of cuss words. (ಠ_ಠ)What mighty death-storm of horror is going to take place when these two audiences combine? It’s like a marriage of Facebook and 4chan. Can Yahoo! satisfy two opposite hemisphere’s of the Internet???
My single ounce of respect for Yahoo! stems from the fact that they are indeed an”original Internet company”founded in 1995. Their try-hard cheesy media, 2000’s-esque avatars, and sometimes-used-ironically “Answers” system have been the laughing stock of the Internet for years. They have a long history of screwing up independent networks.However, Marissa Mayer is a different CEO.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love.
This new “search” may be what Tumblr needs to expose lesser-known blogs and content-creators who find themselves hidden in the depths on the Internet. With extra funding, Tumblr can also improve its ability to handle larger GIFs and a better message system. Integration with Flickr would be interesting too. Only time will tell what the heck is going to happen.
It’s the most interesting web union I’ve ever seen. But I believe in our Tumblr daddy. :) David Karp is an absolute genius in the online tech world; he of all people would certainly know what he’s doing. With him as forever Tumblr CEO and the fantastic Tumblr staff intact, I think we still have a little bit of hope.