Yahoo! buys Tumblr: What it means for social justice communicators.
Yahoo! is buying blogging platform Tumblr (http://bit.ly/13GaW86) and it’s the top tech news of the day. It’s said that Tumblr’s main user base are 18-24 year olds, so if any of you work with audiences in that age range, I’d love to hear what you think.
I’ve been using Tumblr as my personal site (http://keithpr.com) for more than a year, having migrated it from Wordpress, but mostly because there’s no charge for using your own domain and it’s a simpler site to maintain. Other than that, I still use Wordpress much more than Tumblr, so I don’t have much first-hand insight into what the Yahoo! purchase will mean.
I know this: The increased attention on Tumblr means that social justice communicators will need to familiarize themselves with Tumblr even if they don’t plan on using it for their causes and organizations. Best way to do that is set up a Tumblr account (http://tumblr.com) and start exploring the site. Here’s one beginners’ tutorial (http://on.mash.to/13GbOcU).
Yup, this adds yet another thing that we have to know about. But check it out. You might like it.
We see some great things here at the White House every day, and sharing that stuff with you is one of the best parts of our jobs. That’s why we’re launching a Tumblr. We’ll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science…
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Deval L. Patrick, and One Fund Boston are calling upon Boston and all communities across the Commonwealth to join together in a Moment of Silence Monday afternoon, exactly one week following the Boston Marathon bombings.
The minute of silence will take place at 2:50 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks and their families. It will be followed by the ringing of bells throughout Boston and the Commonwealth.
Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick are humbled by the support shown by the public and the business community, and they continue to encourage everyone to visithttp://onefundboston.org/ to make a donation to help the victims of this tragedy.