The accelerating flight of executive talent makes clear that Marissa Mayer is failing at Yahoo. It’s no longer a turnaround, it’s a…
But still has some surprises
Pew has released a new report today detailing America’s usage of social networking tools, and much of the report confirms things many people…
At the end of October, Tumblr made a design change that angered a huge chunk of its user base. Now, it has figured out how to fix it.
Warrant canaries — which tech companies are using to tell people that the government is NOT using secret orders — are the new frontline in the legal fight over surveillance.
Facebook had to turn over account information about 381 people at once this summer as a result of a “bulk search warrant” process the company says is illegal. Now, a higher court says Facebook — along with Google, the ACLU and others — can appeal the bulk warrant order.
While social media companies seem eager to break their mobile experiences into smaller pieces, there are some risks that could turn off users.
Tumblr has finally updated its app with a theme editor baked in, making the full platform experience available on the smartphone.
Automattic, the parent company of popular blog-hosting and publishing platform WordPress, has raised a funding round of $160 million to help it develop better online and mobile tools for publishing, a round that values the company at over $1 billion
Microblogging network Tumblr (s yhoo) was arguably the highest-profile acquisition made by Yahoo under CEO Marissa Mayer. So how are things going…
A number of startups and tech public advocacy groups headed to the nation’s capital this week to make their voice heard ahead of the FCC’s official release of its new net neutrality regulations. Meetup’s General Counsel told me why his company participated.
In its third quarter, Adobe’s Social Media Intelligence Report has shown Facebook’s growth in video as well as a year-over-year boost in referral value.
Whether you’re already a “Fannibal” or a newcomer to the “Silence of the Lamb” prequel series, NBC and Amazon want your eyeballs this Sunday for a social media-powered binge-viewing.
The Berlin-based firm, which is developing a more touchy-feely alternative to LinkedIn’s legacy clutter, has taken on serial entrepreneur Thomas Madsen-Mygdal as chairman.
Analysis of social media activity between Q2 and Q4 of 2013 show that Instagram and mobile are growing rapidly, but Facebook rules the roost — and teens aren’t really leaving it quite yet. Social media diversity, it seems, is key.
The stream has become the dominant form for content consumption, especially for social media like Twitter, and having a never-ending source of information can be a wonderful thing — but it can also be overwhelming and noisy. We need better ways to manage it.
Can Marissa Mayer make Yahoo more relevant at a time where mobile usage is skyrocketing and consumers are bombarded with information? The jury is out but several initiatives give her a chance: New digital magzines and apps for easily digestible content.
Do we need another social network? Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross thinks that we do, and he is trying to create one that reflects our real interests, rather than the narrow view of ourselves that we present to the world through existing social networks
“The Day of the Doctor,” a special episode celebrating 50 years of “Doctor Who,” took over the world on Saturday thanks to its fans — but said fans had plenty of encouragement, thanks to BBC Worldwide.
Instagram is a unique place and offers a unique experience, one that is hard to imagine with ads and commercial messages. And that day arrived last week. My reflections on what it mean for brand and display advertising.
DataSift, one of the two companies (along with Gnip) granted real-time access to the Twitter firehose, now offers real-time and historical analysis…
Tumblr launched a book club this week. The first title is Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and Tumblr is encouraging fans to contribute through posts, video blogs, songs, Gchats and nail art.
Yahoo has joined other tech companies in putting out a report that shows how often governments are collecting data about its users.
Disappear quickly from social media with Justdelete.me — but don’t be surprised if some of your information is not erasable.
While Tumblr’s sale to Yahoo back in May was generally acknowledged as a needed influx of cash for the company that was struggled to make money through advertising, new documents reveal just how much cash Tumblr had.
Don’t expect a revamped FiveThirtyEight right away: Nate Silver’s political blog will be hosted by the New York Times through the end of August, and it could be months before ESPN launches the new site, Silver and ESPN president John Skipper said Monday.
Yahoo announced second quarter earnings on Tuesday, and while the company saw some bright spots and investors have liked Mayer’s new leadership, the company is still struggling to produce big gains in revenue.
Union Metrics, which began analyzing analytics data from Tumblr last year, now offers a free version of its product. It already has figured out when people publish and reblog posts most.
Yahoo announced that it acquired Qwiki, a company that provides a storytelling app on mobile. Yahoo has been on an acquisition tear recently, from large companies like Tumblr down to smaller startups.
We break down the big Yahoo news, wonder if the new Xbox will break our furniture and discuss whether HTC is broken beyond repair.
Bijan Sabet and Fred Wilson continue a long tradition of a couple investors utterly dominating their sectors by betting on what they know, and getting in early before others even know there is an opportunity.
Yahoo has officially acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, the companies announced Monday morning. Tumblr will be operated as a separate business, with David Karp remaining CEO.
The New York startup ecosystem will get a big boost from the $1.1 billion sale of Tumblr to Yahoo. The exit, one of the biggest New York has seen, shows that with content becoming important, New York is finding its footing on the startup stage.
Pinterest is unveiling a new pin structure for different types of products and an integration with a large number of retail brands, as it continues buildng up the platform and paving the way for growth.
Yahoo’s board has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for Tumblr, according to reports.
Fans of the social-blogging network might not like the idea much, but a $1-billion acquisition of Tumblr would arguably solve a number of problems for Yahoo — and do the same for Tumblr CEO David Karp.
Tumblr might become part of Yahoo as early as Sunday night, according to a report that suggests Yahoo’s board of directors is set to consider a $1.1 billion offer for the startup.
The battle of adults versus teens has taken on a new format in #followateen versus #followanadult.
From our recent paidContent LIVE show in NY, a fireside chat with Tumblr Founder and CEO about his company’s platform is evolving with the media.
Tumblr wants users to discover content by themselves, rather than pushing it out to them. The updates to its iOS app Wednesday are aimed at helping users share and save Tumblr posts.
Tumblr is inching toward profitability with a new mobile ad offering, announced Monday. Ads will appear directly in the content streams on users’ Android and iOS apps.
Looking to find the best blog posts on Tumblr? The company isn’t interested in telling you which blogs are the best, but it does want to improve the overall discovery process — and help the best bloggers find financial success.
Although its Storyboard editorial operation won awards for the content it curated from the Tumblr network, founder and CEO David Karp said Tuesday the unit is being shut down and all the editorial staff are being let go.
Tumblr updated the navigations features on its Android app Monday, and now the navigation looks a lot more modern — and a lot more like apps such as Path.
Flipboard has become a leading player in the digital news-consumption field, and now it wants to hand the same filtering and curation tools employed by its editors over to users of the app, to create their own magazines.
The arrival of Marissa Mayer at Yahoo is fueling the desire for a comeback story. Despite press reports suggesting the turnaround has come, Yahoo’s modest earnings improvement this week are not that story.
The comments you leave on a website — are they garbage or a gold mine? Disqus says comments are more popular than you might think and has big plans to make money off them.
We take a look (or listen) back in this week’s podcast, bringing you Tumblr CEO David Karp and his fireside chat with Mathew Ingram from our recent GigaOM RoadMap conference. They talk about building a positive user experience in a world full of trolls.
After launching a barebones mobile app earlier this year, Bloglovin, a Betaworks-backed startup that aggregates blog posts in a highly-visual way, has retooled its app to improve discovery and social engagement.
Israel is waging war on Hamas, but it is also waging an information war using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other tools. How firmly do these networks support the principle of free speech, and how do they decide what content to permit and what to remove?
Here are my notes from a conversation with David Karp, CEO & Founder of Tumblr. He talks about the social web, Tumblr’s place in this new Internet, the shift to mobile, the iPad Mini and how he has changed as a founder and entrepreneur.
When a friend or loved one dies, their online identity often continues for some time after their death, thanks to Facebook and Twitter and other networks. Is being reminded of them every time we sign into those services a good thing or a bad thing?
The popularity of image sites like Instagram and Pinterest means more photo sharing — but also more copyright infringement. If we’re to avoid the bitter experience of the music industry, image owners should look to Dreamstime’s example of turning infringers into customers.
Many startups like Tumblr and Airbnb have become successful because they focused on filling a need that their founders had, and then turned that into a business, and there are a number of important lessons in that kind of approach for traditional media companies.
Tumblr has become a wildly popular forum for people to share pictures, stories and news within a happy and supportive community. CEO David Karp shared some insight on how this is possible on a large scale.
The political campaign market is being disrupted by mobile democracy platforms that integrate the mobile web, SMS, and big data to connect citizens with candidates and causes.
Just as Tumblr seems to be trying to imitate a mainstream media entity by hiring bloggers to cover political conventions, traditional media outlets are trying to become more Tumblr-like by adopting animated GIFs and other tools as a way of making their content more viral.
Google says it resolved whatever ailed its platform as a service. It was Black Friday for the web with Tumblr, Dropbox and Google App Engine all going down. It was unclear if these issues were related and/or due to a broader systemic problem.
It’s a bad week to stop sniffing glue — and to run big cloud services. Google App Engine took a hit Friday, just days after Amazon Web Services suffered another very public snafu.
GigaOM’s RoadMap conference is exactly two weeks from today and will feature speakers like Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen, Tumblr CEO David Karp, fuseproject CEO Yves Behar, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, The Obvious Corporation CEO Evan Williams, MINIMAL Founder Scott Wilson and many more.
Micro-blogging startup Tumblr announced Thursday that it’s partnered with Union Metrics to offer brands and advertisers a full-fidelity analytics platform.
Six months after launching the first ad on Tumblr, the startup’s founder and CEO David Karp took the stage during New York’s Advertising Week to talk up his platform’s approach to marketing.
Tumblr’s march toward self-sustainability requires more and more advertising, something the company has historically shunned. Now that it’s gotten religion on advertising, it’s bringing in a new ad sales chief Lee Brown from Groupon.
Twitter’s ongoing moves to control more of its network — in order to monetize it — is an attempt to turn back the clock and undo some of the openness it started out with. But will it also rob the service of what made it so powerful?
Tumblr’s iPhone app has gotten a major redesign that introduces more robust blogging features and new speed enhancements. Tumblr still doesn’t have a dedicated iPad app but the new 3.0 update should provide a lot of improved functionality for fans of the mobile app.
Greplin is getting a facelift and a new name, Cue, a moniker reflecting its new shift away from personal data search toward personal data organization. Rather than merely searching your linked accounts, Cue is now proactively organizing that data into an intelligent snapshot of your day.
If straight-up blogging requires too much of a commitment and Twitter requires too little, CheckThis wants to join Tumblr as a “just right” option in the middle.
In an interview at paidContent 2012 in New York, venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures said he has stayed away from media investments, and believes that the future for content providers lies in connecting directly with consumers through platforms like Kickstarter.
Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Wordpress and Automattic, said at paidContent 2012 that the service is preparing for a significant change of direction — by releasing a much simpler version designed to work on mobile.
Is the web run by large corporations, or is it powered primarily by peer-to-peer networks? That’s the question behind one of the longest-running wagers of the modern web era — a six-year-old bet between author and web sceptic Nick Carr and Harvard professor Yochai Benkler.
It’s finally happened. In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement.
Tumblr is finally ready to start opening the doors to brands and will begin with a new tool for placing branded Tumblr posts into its Radar feature starting May 2, said Tumblr founder David Karp, speaking at the Ad Age Digital Conference.
Tumblr CEO David Karp said the company is looking to make its mark by enabling creators to express themselves. It’s also in a bid to start monetizing the service. But Karp believes these two goals can converge, with Tumblr making money by empowering creators.
The viral video of a nine-year-old boy who built a magical arcade out of cardboard at his father’s auto-parts business in Los Angeles has a lot to say about the spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity that fuels much of what we write about at GigaOM.
Twitter announced it has acquired blogging and sharing platform Posterous in what appears to be acquisition of talent. No details about the acquisition were released but Posterous Spaces will remain up and running for the time being, though it’s unclear how long that will last.
The Kony2012 campaign from Invisible Children is one of the most viral social-media campaigns of all time. But is it a sign of how powerful social media can be as a news-distribution mechanism, a sign of how dangerous it can be or both?
Tiny Review is a photo-sharing app with a twist: instead of adding filters and sharing with your social network a la Instagram, Tiny Review makes it easy for users to add up to three short lines of text to their photos.
Engagio, which launched on Wednesday backed by seed funding from Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and other angel investors, pulls in comments and replies from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and a number of other social services and sites to create a one-stop social dashboard.
Tumblr hits 500 million page views a day, deals with 40,000 requests per second and sends more than a terabyte of data into its Hadoop cluster. Here’s how it went from nothing to a startup that needed to serve 15 billion page views a month.
Thanks to an almost unprecedented grass-roots awareness campaign conducted by his friends through Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and other social media over the past three months, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Amit Gupta was able to find a compatible bone-marrow donor whose cells could help him conquer acute leukemia.
Exclusive. Gnip is making it very clear it’s not just about Twitter anymore. The company, which provides aggregated API access to a variety of social media streams, has significantly expanded its partnership with Automattic, the company that runs WordPress.com.
Edward Aten of Swift.fm noticed a shift in priorities this year. Visual experiences are starting to become the gold standard of web success; the successful web companies of 2011 and beyond are just simply better looking.
Google added yet another app to its stable of software for the iPhone on Thursday. This time, it’s the official Blogger app, which lets users publish and edit posts to Google’s blogging service. But with no shortage of competition, is there anything special about this app?
Most mainstream news websites still look like newspapers because most of them still approach the journalism they do in a traditional way — and until they embrace the idea of real-time and “news as a process,” the way that their websites look is unlikely to change.
GigaOM conducted a survey over the Fourth of July weekend of GigaOM readers regarding Google+’s chances for success, its competitive weapons and its likely impact on the competitive social media environment. Here’s a snippet of what we discovered about the prospects for Google’s latest social venture.
Tumblr, the combination blogging platform and social network, continues to grow at a phenomenal rate — racking up more than 8.4 billion pageviews a month, which puts it in the top 25 sites in the world. But will it ever figure out how to make money?
Spike TV is teaming up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Shazam, Foursquare, Tumblr, Smilebooth, GetGlue and GroupMe for its Guys Choice Awards show. The social media blitz is designed to raise awareness and increase tune-in while also tapping second-screen apps to help drive engagement with viewers.
Steve Rubel, a VP of digital strategy at Edelman, recently moved his blog to Tumblr and deleted all of his old posts. He says Google is paying more attention to social signals now, and so a social platform is more important than just having a blog.
MTV is betting big on social media to drive viewers to its big movie awards show. The cable network, which has increasingly tapped into social networks, plans to leverage Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr in a social media blitz during this Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards.
With all the bad news about recent outages of Amazon Web Services and Sony’s Playstation Network, cloud-based services and the cloud industry needs to more proactively educate users to protect the “cloud” brand.
It’s not exactly news that the Millennial Generation (loosely defined as people born between 1980 and 2000) spend a lot of time on websites like Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. But according to recent research findings, the constant social networking isn’t all fun and games.
More than half the employees at web video start-up Blip.tv are active Tumblr users, which has created a public awareness of the company’s internal culture. It’s a unique example of how corporate communications can incorporate social media, but would it work for any ol’ start-up?
A New York Times story says that blogging is on the decline, especially among young people, who are using social networks like Facebook instead. But blogging is arguably still growing rapidly — it’s just that the form it is taking is evolving in different ways.
Tumblr, which has become a favorite blogging tool for hip consumers and wannabe-hip media companies, has raised $30 million in a new funding…
Micro-blogging service Tumblr has raised $30 million in new funding with backing from Sequoia Capital, Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The latest funding, which follows up on Mathew’s report last month that the company had raised another round, brings Tumblr’s total to about $45 million.
Tumblr, the web-publishing platform that has seen spectacular growth over the past several months, has landed a huge new round of funding led by veteran Sand Hill Road VC firm Sequoia Capital that values the three-year old, New York-based startup at about $135 million.
In Silicon Valley, there’s an elite group of companies whose valuations defy gravity. These are companies with momentum, whether real or perceived: Zynga, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. Add Groupon, RadiumOne, Tumblr, Cloudera and RightScale to this list. Plus, they are all in the money.
Blogging platform Tumblr has raised another round of financing from its existing venture backers, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures, putting pressure on the company to start generating revenue. It is exploring various options, but founder David Karp has said that he is “opposed to advertising.”
When I last wrote about ZooLoo I mentioned how ambitious a product it was, and how that could make it overwhelming, especially for the small business audience it was trying to attract. The new release seem to have addressed a lot of my concerns.
New York is the capital of media, advertising, and finance, but historically Silicon Valley and Boston have overshadowed New York’s efforts to encourage and fund technology entrepreneurs. In the past two years, this has changed, especially when it comes to media-related ventures.
When I made the jump to the iPhone 3G (s aapl) it was most definitely a platform play for me. As a…
Boxee made a slew of announcements at its App Developer Challenge in San Francisco this evening, and key among them was the…
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If you’re a blogger, you’ve probably run into MarsEdit at some point or another. Maybe it stuck, maybe it didn’t, but in…
I have tried just about every blogging platform out there and the one I finally stuck with was Tumblr. I like many…
If blogs are over, tumblelogs never even got going. But that isn’t stopping Tumblr, short-form scrapbook blogging’s biggest exponent, from r…
The unplanned concurrence of NewTeeVee Station‘s launch and the first-ever New York Internet Week made for a pretty hectic few days, but…
Tumblr, a blogging software startup that ascribes to the philosophy that less is more, has raised $750,000 in Series A funding, according…