David Karp is way more interested in modeling for Uniqlo, riding his Vespa in photoshoots, and hanging out with the mayor than doing anything that the users of Tumblr actually want.
Once someone else creates a streamlined Reader its just a matter of time before people drop off this service like flies. A company is nothing without its users. Communication isn’t a service, its a right. Clicking through what are basically pop-up ads to get to what I want (and have had for four years) is a marketing move straight out of 1996.
“Communication isn’t a service, its a right.”
That’s maybe the dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time. I mean, sure…you have the RIGHT to communicate. But David Karp created a SERVICE called Tumblr that let’s you exercise that right on a larger scale.
Today I made a joke. I have every right to communicate that joke. But without Tumblr (and other communication services), that joke would have been heard by maybe 10 people. But because of the service Tumblr provides, that joke was seen by thousands of people.
Tumblr doesn’t owe you anything. Not until you start paying them. Now, they could start charging you for their service. Or your payment could come in the form of seeing “ads”. Your call.
OK, Breitbart, I’ll bite.
Does Twitter make you click through ads to get to your Twitter feed? They have promoted posts, which are pretty subtle. Tumblr’s “pin” experiment is about as subtle as an abortion on a jumbotron at the Vatican.