David always obsessed over his newest ideas, features, and designs until they were completely polished and ready to go. He’s a workaholic — he truly lives and breathes Tumblr. I’ve never even seen him show any desire to work on a side project. David is all Tumblr, all the time. […]
We — internet users, creative people, publishers, socializers — will be much better served if David can focus on his product’s features, design, and messaging instead of worrying about server architecture and raising more money.
This is why I’m optimistic about the Yahoo acquisition.
Marco Arment skillfully articulates the early days of Tumblr and David Karp’s unrelenting focus on Tumblr. Tumblr has very bright days ahead.
There’s a party rental business idea in this one.
For all its valuation, the social network is just another ad-supported site. Without an earth-changing idea, it will collapse and take down the Web.
I still believe that Facebook will find their way and innovate in ways we can’t imagine, but they have an uphill battle to fight on the advertising front. The challenge is equally their advertising model as well as educating advertisers on how to get the most out of the platform.
As of right now my money is on Tumblr and even Twitter that they will find an advertising model that works well for brands and the community of users.
“A science fiction story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers.” Created by Tom Scott
Until we can get Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest to sign a peace treaty and standardize on a common size for share buttons, their mismatched and unaligned buttons will continue to be a thorn in every designer’s side.
For now our best bet is to simply roll your own button with a share count for each service. Today I did a bit of digging and put together a quick Gist to get share counts using the platform’s APIs.
Check out Sharrre if you want a jQuery plugin that covers all the share buttons and much more.
Heading to SXSW Interactive this year? Danielle Morrill put together a great article on how to get the most out of SXSW including prepping your calendar (don’t do it) and prepare like a soccer mom on crack.
This year our entire Style Hatch team—all three of us @Moore, @iJess and @krisnicolemoore—are packing and heading to Austin for the week. We’re putting together the details for a mini-event since we would love to meet you in person and buy you a drink.
One of the common patterns across successful startups is the perilous chasm crossing from startup to wildly successful startup. Finding people, evolving infrastructures, servicing old infrastructures, while handling huge month over month increases in traffic, all with only four engineers, means you have to make difficult choices about what to work on. This was Tumblr’s situation. Now with twenty engineers there’s enough energy to work on issues and develop some very interesting solutions.
A great writeup on the growth challenges Tumblr has faced from infrastructure to hiring the right team of engineers.
from Mark Zuckerberg’s founder letter in Facebook’s S-1 to IPO
I’m excited to announce that I was invited to speak at Valio Con 2012 in San Diego this summer. Drew Wilson and the Valio Con team have put together an amazing line-up of speakers that I am looking forward to hearing.
Last year’s Valio Con was by far the best web and design conference I have attended in quite a while. This year the conference takes place June 7-10th at the Hyatt Mission Bay resort in San Diego. The $999 conference pass includes three nights hotel stay, beach bonfires, breakfast, local catered lunches and a chance to hang out with some of the best designers and developers our industry.
Check out the Valio Con 2012 site for more details.
To celebrate YouTube’s milestone of having one hour of video uploaded ever second they launch One Hour Per Second filled with hilarious collection of facts, animations and sound effects to help break it down into terms we all can understand.
In 7 minutes of uploads to YouTube, the Nyan cat persists in saying “Nyan” over 6,048,000 times.
Thanks for the link Jess
Three units, which are resembling standard record players, translate concentric visual patterns into control signals for further processing in any music software. The rotation of the discs, each holding three tracks, can be synced to a sequencer.
From his article Craftsmanship - Quality, Passion, and Excellence
Color is a live broadcast from your phone. Unlike videos, there’s no audio, editing, or uploading. You got 30 seconds to tell your story. Up to 5,000 friends can simultaneously visit your broadcast from their phone and Facebook.
So after rehashing the complete flop of the first version of Color, they’re putting their $41,000,000 in funding to use to launch a platform to broadcast 30 seconds of boring, soundless video to Facebook. Isn’t audio half the magic of video?