The decline and decline of tumblr
When I joined tumblr in November 2010 it was an amazingly versatile and useful site.
Its most useful feature was as a blog aggregator.
It would automatically collect posts from my other blogs and make linked summaries of them. That meant that all I needed to put in e-mail sig and the like was “Follow me on tumblr” and friends could check to see if any of my blog posts looked interesting enough to read in full.
It did even more — it would post announcements of things on Facebook, Twitter etc.
And that was not all. It was a blog in its own right.
It could capture links to web pages, or quotations from them and save them for future reference or for sharing with others.
In addition to all this, tumblr had a feature that let you post to it by e-mail. That was useful for times when you ran out of bandwidth at the end of the month, and web access slowed to a crawl. You could still post to tumblr, even if only to let your friends know that you couldn’t do much else on the Internet.
So tumblr promised to become a kind of centre of the web, a kind of exchange that everything else passed through. It could become a central reference point to which you could refer all your friends.
But then it gradually began to lose functionality.
It stopped posting on Facebook and Twitter.
It stopped aggregating other blogs.
And finally the feature of quoting and linking web pages stopped working. The feature was still there, but it no longer worked. As soon as there was text in the quotation window, the “Post” button disappeared below the bottom of the screen and there was no way you could click on it.
Now, however, it isn’t even there any more. So I now use another blog, Simple Links, for that function. It doesn’t work as well as tumblr did, but its better than nothing at all.
And the last time I tried to post to my tumblr account by e-mail it said “Mail not delivered”.
With all this loss of functionality, there was less and less reason to visit tumblr, or to invite other people to visit it.
But the last straw came when tumblr told me it was time to change my password.
It said I should wait for a link that would be sent by e-mail. I waited, carefully copied the link and pasted it into my web browser, and the response was:
There’s nothing here.
Whatever you were looking for doesn’t currently exist at this address.
Unless you were looking for this error page, in which case: Congrats! You
totally found it.”
On trying again, I got another message:
Sorry, this isn’t a valid password-reset link. You’ll need to request a
new link from Tumblr.
Eventually I managed to contact Support, and they gave me another link that eventually let me enter a new password.
It responded “Password is too short”
I typed a longer one. “Password is too short”
I typed the longest Enlish word I could think of (Antidisestablishmentarianism) with a couple of non-alphanumeric characters tossed in. “Password is too short”
I give up. Having lost all functionality, tumblr is entirely dysfunctional.
tumblr is boiled cabbage
You know about boiled cabbage?
It’s a joke.
Only on tumblr it’s no joke. It’s deadly serious.
I wonder if anyone is still using tumblr.