Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their blog. Tumblr was founded in 2007 by David Karp. Tumblr has quickly grown to be the 10th largest social network with 6.8 million weekly visits. Tumblr has quickly gained popularity as an easy way to share ideas, photos, and videos with friends.
Here is a screenshot of the dashboard page for my tumblr – mrgasbarro.tumblr.com
At the top, there are links to start new posts in various formats. The author can choose from text, photo, link, among others, and with one click, can quickly begin a blog post in the specified format. The links are big, visually appealing, and easy to use. There are easy to use options at the top right logging in/out, help, and preferences/settings. Posts from blogs that are being followed appear from the bottom, in a newsfeed style way. From here, these posts can be re-blogged in one click.
Also from this screen, and also with one click, I have options to add a new avatar, add a blog to follow, or ‘Explore Tumblr.’ This is a neat feature. When you explore, you are taken to a new page that helps you find new blogs sorted by categories. Some categories may be illustration, politics, or education. Like everything else with Tumblr, the explore feature is presented in an easy to use, aesthetically pleasing, and modern way. Here is a screen shot from the explore feature:
One last feature that further emphasizes how easy it is to start a Tumblr, is that there are a collection of already designed themes for the user to choose for their blog. Some themes have a cost associated with them, but many are free. The free themes are the most used, and a new-to-Tumblr user can quickly have a blog running with a fully designed theme. The screen shot below shows the themes page, the possible themes scroll down on the left side and the right side shows a preview of what your blog will look like.
If you are considering Tumblr, I encourage you to go check it out. It offers much more functionality than Twitter, and doesn’t ask you to offer up personal information like Facebook. You can’t beat it for ease of use. Check it out!