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Tumblr Founder David Karp

Friday, May 18, 2012

Storyboard, tumblr Storyboard logo

The founder and CEO of Tumblr, David Karp, discusses the successful micro-blogging site, Tumblr's efforts to launch the editorial project "Storyboard," and other tech news.

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Comments [6]

superf88

"all reflagged images" -- supposed to read reposted images (spellchk)

May. 20 2012 10:29 AM
superf88@gmail.com

Too bad I'm just getting a chance to listen to this, I am just starting to get into Tumblr precisely because it reminds me of how the internet used to be, as Mr. Karp said, more informal and connective. The age differential is also far broader too, giving LA art directors, NY photographers, and Lithuanian 16-year-old emos to become peers, in a way.

I am amazed at how fast and well that teenagers, via tumblr, are becoming sophisticated curators of images, which was not mentioned but which is blowing me away. If 10,000 hours an expert makes, tumblr teens will have become exquisitely tasteful far before most have the experience or insight to consistently produce original works themselves.

I would love to see more usage of watermarks, or at least a link-back requirement of all reflagged images to see the actual photographer. When on tumblr I am always using tineye to try and locate images. The search is bad but I assume they are working on that feature. Is it possible to leave comments or automatically connect with flickr users or "like" or even comment on their images? There are so many flickr images but it is impossible to interact without leaving tumblr.

Finally, it would be great to have the option to be able to "tag" ones-self with a professional title, or at least mash-up tumblr with linkedin for creatives. Compared to tumblr, linkedin and even fb feels so creepy.

May. 20 2012 10:25 AM
superf88@gmail.com

Too bad I'm just getting a chance to listen to this, I am just starting to get into Tumblr precisely because it reminds me of how the internet used to be, as Mr. Karp said, more informal and connective. The age differential is also far broader too, giving LA art directors, NY photographers, and Lithuanian 16-year-old emos to become peers, in a way.

I am amazed at how fast and well that teenagers, via tumblr, are becoming sophisticated curators of images, which was not mentioned but which is blowing me away. If 10,000 hours an expert makes, tumblr teens will have become exquisitely tasteful far before most have the experience or insight to consistently produce original works themselves.

I would love to see more usage of watermarks, or at least a link-back requirement of all reflagged images to see the actual photographer. When on tumblr I am always using tineye to try and locate images. The search is bad but I assume they are working on that feature. Is it possible to leave comments or automatically connect with flickr users or "like" or even comment on their images? There are so many flickr images but it is impossible to interact without leaving tumblr.

Finally, it would be great to have the option to be able to "tag" ones-self with a professional title, or at least mash-up tumblr with linkedin for creatives. Compared to tumblr, linkedin and even fb feels so creepy.

Keep up the good work and focus on not jumping that darn shark!

May. 20 2012 10:24 AM
John A.

Tumblr.
Its Pinterest for kids.
Deserves credit for doing what it does first.
A break-out from the limitations of Twitter.
A great attractor for obsessive-compulsives.
Unfortunately an echo chamber for commiserating adolescents.

May. 18 2012 10:50 AM
john from office

I am missing something here. I dont see the value of this as a social media. I can see the use on a professional level, like between doctors. But, facebook for example is just alot of fluff, alot of "lok what I am doing" that to me is a waste of time.

May. 18 2012 10:48 AM
jill from manhattan

Can he address copyright issues on Tumblr? Pinterest is more aggressive from what I've seen about making people link back to sources when people post images. With Tumblr I see people repost images in a sort of daisy chain where it's impossible to get back to the original source.

May. 18 2012 10:40 AM

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