A Tour of Tumblr

To be honest, I wasn’t interested in ANOTHER Social Media platform this soon. Disqus, Pinterest, it’s getting too much.

Having said that, I am now an aaaaadiiiict. Here is my recent example. This took me about 20 minutes.

Tumblr is awesome.

What is it?

Think of the best features of Twitter combined with Facebook Likes. Add the blogging capacity of WordPress but simpler and you have a decent idea of Tumblr.

Like Twitter, it is a microblogging platform. Instead of 140 characters, though, you have 500. This gives you more space to elaborate, but not so much as to be a bore.

You can use it to:

  • type text
  • add images
  • quotes
  • video
  • audio
  • links
  • and chat.

The interface is very chunky and simple.

tumblr dashboard

 

 

Twitter-Like

Like Twitter, you choose who to Follow and others Follow you. You go into the ‘news feed’ of those following you and those you follow appear in yours.

People can also reblog your content on their own pages.

Facebook-Like

Like Facebook, people can Like your posts. I think it is actually more intuitive than Facebook.

Hot Features

One thing I discovered when setting up a photo blog was the Highlight option. A Highlight costs $1 and makes a particular post appear highlighted in your followers feeds. There is opportunity for viral business here!

There is also an engaged community at the ready. I had a number of people Like posts and reblog images within minutes of them being uploaded.

What’s wrong with it?

Apparently there are a lot of outages. This is not surprising for a company that is still in its infancy. It has grown very quickly, even faster than Twitter or Facebook.

Last year it grew by 1500%. Shows how social media adoption is now very natural for users.

The cost

This is a free service. It makes money through Premium themes and Highlights.

You domain is xxxxxx.tumblr.com

Integrations

Yes, you can link it to Facebook and Twitter. Just allow Tumblr access to your other accounts and it will add update alerts when you make a new Tumblr post.

How to Integrate Tumblr with WordPress

I admit this not so elegant. This will capture your images and comments, but leaves out your avatar, description, follower data, and name.

1. Log into your WP dashboard.

2. Go to Plugins > Add New

3. Type WP Tumblr into the search field.

4. Install and Activate the plugin.

5. A button will appear in your menu WP Tumblr Options. Press this.

6. Type in your Tumblr address and Save.

7. Make a New Post or Page.

8. Paste or type in the shortcode that is supplied.

It’s that simple.

Here is an example of Tumblr in WordPress as a Post.

What do you think?

What has been your experience Tumblr?

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