If you haven’t been following the news today, you might have missed a exciting one where both 4Chan and Tumblr were planning to take each other down. If you really missed it, head over to Techmeme to catch up on the news. 4Chan which has a notorious anonymous board at /b/ have been part of numerous takedowns in the past using DDoS.
Recent examples of 4Chan takedowns have been RIAA and MPAA, the agencies which enforce copyrights on behalf of the music and movie industry. However, it looks like 4Chan met their match today in the form of Tumblr, with both of them promising to take down each other.
The end result is for all to see. Both 4Chan and Tumblr are down and it looks like that they have both lost in this battle. Earlier 4Chan attacks have been largely anonymous and hard to detect, but this attack on Tumblr was pre-meditated and publicly known. This is why Tumblr users retaliated and bought down 4Chan too.
In the end, these types of attacks are really not worth it and will just make the internet more inaccessible to everyone. Imagine the millions of regular users of Tumblr and 4Chan who will not be able to access their services thanks to the feud run by people who aren’t even concerned about them.
In the end everyone is a loser, including both Tumblr and 4Chan users themselves.
Tumblr and Posterous have fought a tough battle over the last few years for supremacy in the short-blogging service. Each one tried to attract users with more features. However, now the battle is nearing its end and Tumblr stands at a much better position.
Considering the fact that even as I started my short-blog a few days ago, I chose Tumblr over Posterous, I am happy to be with a better service. My idea of Tumblr and the notion about Posterous (which eventually cancelled it off my choice list) was developed after a simple opinion search on Google. Almost everyone prefers Tumblr to Posterous. Put simply, my point here is, Tumblr had won long before I or Richard MacManus at the ReadWriteWeb covered this.
The view has already been shared by a co-author here at Techie-Buzz, Tehseen Baweja who correctly predicted the scenario some months ago in this coverage.
Tumblr lost a considerable amount of customers when Posterous came into existence and lured them away. ReadWriteWeb’s coverage shows Compete and Quantcast stats as considerable proof of the fact. So, the question here is, what made Tumblr stand the tides of time and survive?
Tumblr has the advantage of being the first name in the field. This allowed it to start the show and many corporate brands started their blogs on Tumblr. The unique features of Tumblr was viewing and commenting on friend blogs from the dashboard. This allowed Tumblr to socialize its blogs and build a network around them all.
When combined, it created a perfect blend of things you would want to do on a blogging service like WordPress as well as on a microblogging service like Twitter.
Tumblr might be the next big thing and now is the right time to join it. You can also also setup Tumblr on your personal domain and this desktop client makes using Tumblr a lot easier.
Tumblr is nothing new; it has been around for a few years now and has gradually increased in popularity as a feature-rich yet quick blogging platform. However, something that has significantly changed for Tumblr in past few weeks is the entry of a number of traditional media giants.
After utilizing Facebook and Twitter for social media marketing and real-time interaction with users, lots of large newspapers, magazines and TV shows have created a Tumblr blog. Included in the list are Newsweek, NewYorkTimes, TheNewYorker, Life Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Travel Channel and even The Today Show. So are these prestigious media outlets really seeing something unique and useful in Tumblr as a platform or are they just trying to make an early entry in what they are guessing to be the next big thing?
One of the most important reasons for Tumblr’s popularity is the casual and easy-to-use platform, something which is really useful for an average user but is hardly important for a big organization with lots of resources. The only thing that makes Tumblr unique from other blogging platforms are the interactive features that let users follow other users and quickly re-post their content. Given the popularity of the following phenomenon seen at Twitter, these large organizations are probably convinced that Tumblr is going to raise in popularity over time and even if it doesn’t come close to Twitter and Facebook, it will probably be the next best thing.
We have talked about the various ways through which you can post to Tumblr; through the desktop, mobiles or browsers. Putting stuff on tumblr is so easy, that you can also do it through email and a phone. However, all that aside, right now I have two Google Chrome extensions to tell you about.
Tumblr Dashboard: the Tumblr Dashboard extension for Google Chrome brings together the Tumblr interface for iPhone and the Tumblr bookmarklet for the web. If you need to see your dashboard quickly, see it through the iPhone interface. If you need to post content, you get the bookmarklet interface. In the dashboard mode, clicking on a post shows you details such as number of notes and options like the ability to like and reblog a post. If you click on a picture thumbnail, the extension will enlarge it for you.
Share on Tumblr: If you just want a quick and easy way to post content, the Share on Tumblr extension might be what you are looking for. It gives you the same features of the Tumblr bookmarklet, in fact, all the extension does is load the bookmarklet in a frame. You can choose this option if you like a fixed placement for the frame and want an interface the feels native to the browser, as compared the bookmarklet.
WordPress is a really great tool for full time blogging but if you are looking for a rather quicker and shorter blogging experience, nothing beats Tumblr. You can also think of Tumblr as a micro-blogging service but with plenty of features. You could always insert links, images, and audio to your Tumblr blog but the only way to add a video was to embed it using a service like YouTube or Vimeo.
Now, it seems like Tumblr just got their hands on a lot of extra bandwidth because they are allowing users to upload a video on their Tumblr blog right from their computer. Each video file can be up to 100 MB in size, however, should not exceed a 5 minute time limit. This is not bad for an average Tumblr user because it is primarily used for short content anyways. If you want to upload a video of more than 5 minutes you’ll just have to use a service like YouTube or Vimeo. Most of the videos you upload to Tumblr don’t need transcoding and as a result, appear in your blog right away.
Recently, Tumblr has been quiet active in adding new features to their platform and with a multitude of Tumblr clients now available, it seems to be on the right path to become huge, though, it already isn’t bad with over 2 Million posts a day and 1 Billion pageviews each month.
Tumblr is one of the most famous micro-blogging service which provides users with a easy way to post images, videos, links and more. We have a mini blog at Techie Notes, which runs on Tumblr and uses the custom domain name feature from them.
Tumblr just announced today that they are introducing password protected blogs. This new feature will allow users to password protect their blogs. Once a blog has been password protected, users who visit the blog can only access your posts if they have a valid password.
Password Protecting Blogs in Tumblr
Tumblr provides users with an option to password protect their blogs when they create a new one. Just select the checkbox next to Password protect this blogand provide a password for it.
You can password protect existing blogs by going to the customize page for your blog.
What We Would Like to See
This is definitely a great way for people to create private blogs and share them with only a select few, however, it would be also be nice if they could add support to password protect individual posts instead of the entire blog.
What do you think? Let us know through your comments.
Gelato CMS is a open source Tumblr clone which has the same features as Tumblr. You can easily download and install Gelato CMS on your own web servers and start tumbling.
Gelato also supports themes and plugins. Checkout or download the Tumblr Clone Gelato CMS.
Posterous is one of the simplest way to share and publish content to a website using emails. I have been using Posterous for quite sometime now to forward funny emails and share it with my friends.
However unlike other similar platforms like Tumblr, Posterous did not have themes which are considered which allows users to customize the look and feel.
But that was only until yesterday. In a new rollout Posterous has not added the ability to allow users to choose among different themes. You can choose between number of available themes, update headers or modify the HTML and CSS of the themes to suit your needs.
Import Posts from Tumblr to Posterous
Posterous has also added a new feature to import content from Tumblr and other blogging platform. To import posts from Tumblr visit http://posterous.com/import and select Tumblr from the list.
Enter the details of your Tumblr blog and hit Save. Posterous will import all your posts from Tumblr and add it to your Posterous account, pretty cool considering that Tumblr is the biggest rival of Posterous.
You can also import content from other blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, Movable Type and Xanga.
Tumblr (visit our Tumblr Blog – Techie Notes) is a micro-blogging service which allows you to publish images, links, videos and text to the Internet in a simple and easy way. Tumblr in itself is quite popular but unlike WordPress and other blogging platforms there is no easy way to backup your posts.
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