Today Yahoo! announced they have purchased Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Of course, Yahoo’s track record for buying companies seems to be that of a kid with ADHD at Christmas time – by February they want new toys. Will this be a great deal for Yahoo! or will we they just push aside for another acquisition down the road.
Yahoo! Acquires Tumblr
Tumblr, a microblogging and social networking platform that was founded by David Karp in 2007 was purchased by Yahoo! for $1.1 billion dollars. Tumblr brings in 175 employees and 108.5 million blogs that reach 44 million people. This inlcudes the thousands of blogs that were imported from Posterous a few months back.
The Exodus from Tumblr to WordPress May Show No Faith in Yahoo! Tumblr
Yahoo Keep Calm animated gif (click on to see the image)
According to Matt Mullenweg’s blog today, imports have spiked to WordPress after the news of Yahoo! purchase. “Normally we import 400-600 posts and hour from Tumblr, last hour is was over 72,000.”
Marissa Meyer replied with a “We won’t screw this up” answer. She posted on her own Tumblr (the one with a very annoying gif saying “NOW PANIC and FREAK OUT” followed by “Keep Calm and Carry On”. You can see the annoying gif here.
“We promise not to screw it up.” says Mayer. “Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve. Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.”
I you run a blog then odds are you are using WordPress as your content management system. One of the most popular plugins is Jetpack — a great solution for site stats that provides much better information than what is provided by default. Now the two have combined for an interactive annual report.
It is not clear which is behind this, or if WordPress is providing this information to non-Jetpack users, as the email comes from WordPress, while the site linked within it takes you to a Jetpack.me location. Either way, it’s a interesting, and highly interactive look at your site’s 2012 history.
Included are lists of top posts by traffic, top commentors, where the traffic came from — location, referring site and more. The email went out early this morning and a link also now appears at the top of site stats page. It also allows you to make the stats public and share them with your readers.
“Our stats helper monkeys have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2012!”
Recently a study was released by Pingdom regarding the content management systems (CMS) used by the web’s top blogs and, perhaps not surprisingly, almost half of those sites were powered by WordPress. 48 of the top 100 are using WordPress as their backend system, while Movable Type, the second most used CMS, powers only 7 of the top 100 blogs.
To break the numbers down a bit further, 39 sites were using WordPress and an additional 9 were hosted by WordPress. In addition, 12 sites used their own custom CMS, Typepad accounted for 8 blogs, and at the bottom end, one was using Tumblr and one was on Diderot. Gawker sites all run on their own custom software and counts under “Gawker” as opposed to “Custom”. There is a smattering of Blogger, Drupal, BlogSmith, and others, while 8 blogs declined to answer. You can check out the chart below to see the full breakdown.
In this Round Table Jeffrey from Geekazine.com shares his recommendations for wordpress plugins. Todd Cochrane of GeekNewsCentral.com talks about PowerPress 3.0 and the new Meta Marks feature along with an assortment of other new features..
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WebOS is the most underrated mobile operating system on the market. It has everything but a large user-base. So, it seems a bit strange that WordPress has chosen it to be the first recipient of their new visual editor app. Android, with the largest market share, would have been a no-brainer, iOS would have seemed logical, and Windows Phone would not have been a major surprise (Microsoft has been know to throw some money the way of developers for things like this), but it landed on WebOS.
WordPress already has rudimentary apps available for Android and iOS, but they lack the power and functionality of the WebOS release.
The WebOS WordPress app uses sliding panes to navigate between various sections and editors. You can easily edit text, add media, and get a preview of what your post will look like before publishing it to a website. You can not only moderate comments on your posts, but also get notifications when new comments arrive through the WebOS’s native notification system.
The app supports both WordPress.com hosted sites and self-hosted sites also. WordPress for webOS is a free app and is available for the HP TouchPad through HP’s App Catalog. You can watch a walk-through video below.
WordPress has been around a long time and is quite a powerful web publishing platform available to virtually everyone at no cost.
I finally got around to installing the official WordPress app onto my iPod Touch and I have to say I’m impressed with the app. It quickly accepted the credentials to my own WordPress blog, and I found I could update my site directly from my iPod. More impressive to me was when I discovered the ease with which I was able to take photos (or videos) with the iPod’s camera and instantly embed them into blog posts.
Nothing is more powerful than to be able to quickly update one’s own site with not only words but images as well. The official WordPress for iOS is a free download on the iPod/iPad/iPhone/iOS App Store. If you have a WordPress blog and an iOS device, this free app is worth installing.
If you use WordPress to run your website or blog then you are probably always on the lookout for a new theme. If you are serious about your site then you are willing to pay for a good theme. The biggest problem isn’t the lack of WP themes out there, it’s how to find and compare them. There’s a new resource online that is attempting to solve this issue. It’s called ThemeSorter.
Although it just recently launched it already has an impressive catalog of themes (500+ as of this writing). The layout is basic, making it easy to browse available themes in any of several different category types – formats, niches, colors, and styles to name a few.
If you look carefully you will even find an occasional freebie thrown in. You can also find discount deals on a lot of the themes being offered. It’s a great one-stop-shop for anyone looking to launch a new site or upgrade a growing one.