Yahoo’s Tumblr Purchase Resulted in 72,000 Blogs Shifting To WordPress From Tumblr

Yahoo's Tumblr Purchase Resulted in 72,000 Blogs Shifting To WordPress From TumblrTumblr is famously known for animated gifs and nsfw posts, since Yahoo’s acquisition rumours started last week, analysts have been predicting user discontent and crackdown on nasty posts.  Even before the news became official on Monday, 72,000 users migrated from Tumblr to WordPress according to WordPress’s founder Matt Mullenweg’s blog post.

Here’s his post:

It now looks pretty certain that Yahoo has pulled off a deal to buy Tumblr for 1.1B. The relationship between WordPress and Tumblr has always been pretty friendly: Tumblr’s own blog used to be on WP, supports Tumblr as a Publicize option alongside Twitter and Facebook, our Akismet team sends them daily emails of splogs on the service, and there’s healthy import and export traffic both ways. (Imports have actually spiked on the rumors even though it’s Sunday: normally we import 400-600 posts an hour from Tumblr, last hour it was over 72,000.)

News like this, whether from a friend or a competitor, is always bittersweet: I’m curious to see what the creative folks behind Tumblr do with their new resources, both personal and corporate, but I’m more interested to know what they would have done over the next 5-10 years as an independent company. I think we’re at the cusp of understanding the ultimate value of web publishing platforms, particularly ones that work cross-domain, and while Yahoo’s all-cash deal by some metrics, like revenue, is very generous, I think it’s a tenth of the value that will be created in these platforms over the coming years.

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