Timeline of Tumblr
This is a timeline of Tumblr. "Often described as Twitter meets YouTube and WordPress, Tumblr lets its users curate pictures, videos and text in one place online."
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|"Tumblr was founded by David Karp in 2007 as a method for people to post “tumblelogs” — essentially short-form blogs — featuring links, short paragraphs and a stream of consciousness style. It rapidly grew a wild and fractious user base, split into dozens if not hundreds of communities united by niche interests."|
|2013||Acquired by Yahoo|
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details|
|1986||". David Karp was born in 1986"|
|2005||March||"In March 2005, a 17-year-old German high school student named Chris Neukirchen invented this tumblelog system, specifically for super-short blogging. He even used the term "tumblin'" on his site Anarchaia: The only rule for tumblelogs was that they be a single paragraph — a rule that persists on many Tumblr formats today." "Anarchaia was then followed by "Projectionist," a blog project from two Americans, Marcel Molina and Sam Stephenson"|
|2006||June||"In June of 2006, the development of tumblr began. tumblr was founded by young David Karp. tumblr became public less than a year later."|
|2007||"In 2007, Molina received a message from Karp that he was publishing his first "Tumblr" tumbleblog, inspired by Projectionist:" "It's important to point out that Karp didn't "steal" Tumblr. His format was new and advanced the short-form blogging format in several ways."|
|2007||February 19||"In February of 2007, tumblr was launched by its founder and ceo David Karp. tumblr is a social media traditionally used for blogging and posting photos. tumblr was founded by karp out of his mother's small apartment located in Manhattan." "On February 19, 2007, the first version of the Tumblr microblogging service was founded by David Karp and Marco Arment." "Tumblr was founded by David Karp in 2007 as a method for people to post “tumblelogs” — essentially short-form blogs — featuring links, short paragraphs and a stream of consciousness style."|
|2007||November 1||"On 1st November 2007, the site was fully launched and the history of microblogging changed forever."|
|2008||Late||"Karp did sell 25% of his one-year-old company as part of a $4.5m funding round from Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital in late 2008."|
|2009||February||"In February 2009, tumblr released its first app “tumblrette.” With this app users had the freedom to post to their blog whenever they wanted. This was the start of tumblr becoming very popular."|
|2009||July||"In July of 2009, tumblr was receiving over 50 million views a month. Their was 6 posts every second and 2 reblogs for every second and a half. Every day tumblr was receiving 5,000 new users and they had 9 book deals."|
|2009||". In 2009, Molina was hired as Twitter's 20th engineer and continues to work there. "|
|2011||January||Tumblr reaches more than 7 million individual blogs.|
|2011||Mid-year||Tumblr secures venture capital worth over $40 million.|
|2011||June||Competition||Tumblr counts 20,873,182 blogs, surpassing WordPress.com by about 85,000.|
|2012||January 29||As of date, Tumblr hosts more than 42 million blogs, ranging from politics to music and pictures.|
|2012||June||"In June of 2012 tumblr released its new and improved ios app. Now users can blog from anywhere at anytime on their mobile devices faster and more efficiently . This new app improved the following massively."|
|2012||June||"tumblr had its first big ad deal with adidas. Now with big companies wanting to be featured tumblr was able to bring in more money. This proved the extent of the popularity of tumblr"|
|2012||"There are plenty of shipping battles and canon wars, but the 100% best Homestuck-related Tumblr post came in 2012, when a user shared a story from Anime Expo that will blow your mind."|
|2013||May||"In may of 2013, tumblr was purchased by the Yahoo! ceo Marissa Mayer. At this time tumblr was receiving 100 million users a day with 90 million posts to follow. Mayer scored tumblr for $1.1 billion cash and her first words were “we promise not to screw it up.”" ". The site was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 and declined along with the rest of that corporate entity, and is now owned by Verizon’s Oath division. But in its prime, Tumblr was a hotbed for Weird Internet, generating unforgettable memes, crazy stories, and legendary posts. Here are some of the most notorious. Thanks to tumblr memedocumentation and Twitter user 3liza for research help."|
|2013||May||"In may of 2013, tumblr was purchased by the Yahoo! ceo Marissa Mayer. At this time tumblr was receiving 100 million users a day with 90 million posts to follow. Mayer scored tumblr for $1.1 billion cash and her first words were “we promise not to screw it up.”"|
|2014||"One more historic event: In 2014 the President of the United States and David Karp talked about how to pronounce the word GIF"|
|2014||"There comes a point in the life cycle of every online community when it reaches a critical mass and users make the leap into congregating online. This is always a mistake. Case in point: DashCon, created in 2014 to allow Tumblr users to meet some of their favorite content creators and enjoy special programming and performances. That… did not happen."|
|2015||November||"tumblr had over 261 million blogs and over 123 billion posts. tumblr has become well known and loved by many teens of this generation. tumblr is home to Obama's first blog along with many other celebrities."|
|2015||November||"In November, tumblr introduced a new function known as instant messaging. With instant messaging bloggers and connect with followers privately and contact friends. This function has lead to many collaborations between bloggers."|
|2015||December||"Tumblr was a home for all kinds of subcultures, including religious ones. It also was a home for “call-out posts,” where one user would put another on blast for a crime real or imaginary. One of the most epic call-outs of all time came in December of 2015 when user pastel-prouvaire issued a warning about a woman named Ender Darling for… wait for it… stealing human bones from a flooded cemetery in Louisiana. This was allegedly for use in witchcraft ceremonies, but the moral repercussions of just grabbing another human’s remains were very explicitly explained to them."|
|2015||December||"As of today, tumblr is bigger than ever. More followers more celebrities and more fame. People are being recognized from their tumblrs and overall this site has been a great success."|
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