An upgrade, years in the making…
When we imagined Tumblr more than seven years ago, we dreamed of offering creators a new canvas. Every post would be a raw look through the author’s eyes and mind. We imagined the interface disappearing as these subjects came to life.
For years, this vision was challenged by limits in browser technology and an increasingly daunting set of Tumblr features to support. But today, we take a huge step.
After months of careful crafting, we’ve reduced creation on Tumblr to its essence, while carrying over every single feature and making room for some BIG new ones (like completely customizable drag-and-drop photoset creation, faster uploads, and inline reblogging!). We can’t wait for you to try it.
The upgrades have started rolling out and will be available for everyone by the end of the weekend. Most of the bugs and omissions you’ve reported have already been fixed, but please let us know if you run in to any other issues!
TAKE IT BACK, TAKE IT BACK DDDD:
I hate these changes, I dont do well with sudden change AND IT CHANGED WHILE I WAS USING IT this is awful i feel sick. THESE WERE NOT GOOD DECISIONS STAFF, ugh it keeps flipping between the text and the tags ew
OK, I don’t like getting involved in this stuff, but mannnn! I gotta say - it is truly obnoxious to see how much work goes into an upgrade like this and then to watch thousands of people on this website turn around and shit on it for no apparent reason. I hope these people realize that they are making themselves out to be a bunch of spoiled, ungrateful children. Some people simply have no idea what goes on behind the scenes to make some of their favorite things on the internet possible. I get it, nobody likes it when their favorite website changes and they have to rework any aspect of its functionality. Nobody likes the inevitable glitches that comes with any major programming change. But change is a part of growth - and having been behind the scenes of this kind of thing, I cringe at the response that the people behind these websites have to deal with after providing their users with a cleaner, more efficient, and overall better functioning website.
There are a lot of features here that I have been waiting to be refined and I am really excited that they are finally able to roll it out! Thanks for the upgrade, Tumblr staff.
Seriously, Laci? Talk about an unnecessarily aggressive post.
I’m allowed to be pissed off about that tumblr has, yet again, added frustrating and unnecessary features instead of fixing their pre-existing functionality issues. The website that has become my primary social media platform is making it HARDER for me to use in the way that I want to. The fact that this is really frustrating for me doesn’t make me a “spoiled, ungrateful child”. The interface is not cleaner, not better, certainly not more functional for the way I use tumblr. I and the other people who are objecting aren’t “shitting” on tumblr for “no apparent reason”, we’re protesting changes that negatively impact our site experience. I’m allowed to be upset, and to say so.
And you’re allowed to like the updates, and say so! That’s cool, we’re all using the site in slightly different ways, so the updates effect us all slightly differently. You’re even allowed to be frusterated that people don’t feel the same, and pissed off that people are taking the work tumblr has done for granted. I’m happy that it’s working out well for you.
But notice how I haven’t called YOU obnoxious or a child, or tried to claim that you’re shitting on the people who don’t like the changes, for no good reason. If you wanted to do a call-out reminding people that tumblr is free, that we’re all benefiting hugely without giving much in return, that we should be grateful, that we should be patient - fine, all valid points. But we’re not talking about power and privledge and social injustice, here, things that justify anger and raised voices and rudeness. We’re talking about a social media website that’s angering some of its users. Maybe in a situation like that, you could try to be a little more polite.
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