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Transcript of Tumblr

Tumblr was founded by David Karp in February of 2007, it was meant to be a simplistic blogging website to host several forms of media (see above). Their headquarters are at New York at 35 East 21st Street.
Little did Mr. Karp know that his simple multimedia blogging site would lead to taking the interest of "Yahoo!" who purchased the rights for the site on May 20, 2013 for the obviously hefty price of $1.1 billion dollars.
(Tumblr users were upset that Yahoo purchased the site at first, but changed their minds when the company promised not to change any features of their beloved pass-time)
(Don't jump to conclusions, it's different for everybody.)
(Tumblr users were upset by this at first but changed their minds when the company promised they wouldn't make any changes to their beloved pass-time.)
The building of Tumblr started in 2006 during a two-week gap between contracts at David Karp's software consulting company, Davidville. Marco Arment, Tumblr's former CTO helped David create the original "Tumbelogs" considering nobody else had bothered creating a tumblelog platform yet. Tumblr was launched in February 2007 and within two weeks, the service had gained 75,000 users.

In early June 2012, Tumblr featured its first major brand advertising campaign in conjunction with Adidas. Adidas launched an official soccer Tumblr blog and bought placements on the user dashboard. This launch was only two months after Tumblr announced it would be moving towards paid advertising on its site.

Note: Regardless of the fact that Yahoo has bought Tumblr, David Karp remains to be CEO of the website.
Tumblr's early years.
One consistent unfortunate theme with Tumblr however, is the reputation it has with what can only be described as the misunderstood and misinterpreted. Over the past two years especially, Tumblr has been getting more and more popular and a reoccurring stereotype is the fact that there's many users who don't exactly have what you would call a "happy state of mind". Tumblr lacks subtlety, meaning many people decide to let out every secret they have on the site. Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and many other mental diagnostics are frequently discussed and are almost over-glorified in a way.
As helpful as it is to be able to empathize with others, encouraging yourself and others that these problems are a good thing to have is a very very bad idea. False diagnostics are a problem and usually a sound mind makes for a sound body so by trying to convince yourself that you aren't okay, you might actually end up not being okay. Mental disorders are too romanticized.
However, It is a way for people to express their thoughts and feelings without being judged about them. You see many other people with similar stories, problems, illnesses ect. That you experience and can relate too. It's a place to express yourself and share what you're feeling, seek advise, give advice, and use it.
Keeping with the thought of relating to others....
I couldn't talk about Tumblr without mentioning the community/fanbases.
Tumblr is what a lot of people call the anti-social social network.
Which is basically their way of saying they want to post things for the public in private, confusing I know.
Much like a lot of other websites, a lot of the content revolves around what the users have as common interests. Which on Tumblr can range anywhere from home-made sock puppets to professionally edited video material created for fan appreciation towards a show or movie.
(lol otg)
Being the most frequent and popular fanbase.
ANONYMOUS Messages/Hate
On Tumblr, users gain followers which gives them notoriety and unfortunately with fame comes hate.
As kind as certain people can be, there are too many people on the internet who consistently try to spread negetive comments and make people feel terribly about themselves.
(May contain offensive content)
There's been several cases in which Tumblr hate has led to terrible events, unfortunately usually involving kids.
Jamie Kapp
Bullied into deleting her account after reciving death threats for her comic based on white supremecy and institutionalized rascism.
Lindsay Bottos
Recieved so many hate messages for her self-portraits and personal posts that she decided to focus on turning it into an art project to raise awareness.
"The Fault in our Stars" gained plenty of publicity from Tumblr, which encouraged more and more people to read his book. It's now being made into a feature length film and will be released June 6th, 2014. Tumblr has been very supportive of John with this.
John Green as an author has been a great inspiration to users not only as an author, but as a user as well. His books inspired many young writers and readers and helped them through their hard times but having the chance and ability to speak with him has substantially fundimental in people's lives and he's been helped by the Tumblr community as well.
Thanks for Listening
I encourage you to join Tumblr yourself, there's something for everybody.

As an artist or entertainer, all publicity is good publicity and these two examples have proven that exceptionally. They simply started their work as hobbies, using Tumblr, YouTube, and DeviantArt to show off their work. Now they're paid to do what they love on a regular basis. There's a lot of things the internet can do for you, especially Tumblr. It's just best when those things happening are "good".
Life-Long Friends
Kylie and Gwen, best friends for two years on Tumblr meeting for the first time.
Costume Contests

DashCon aims to be the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date, concentrating on the particulars of this stand out social media site. DashCon will be a place where Tumblr users can express common site wide interests, in both fashion, art, science, and in the world of geekery. Specifically, the side of Tumblr we have garnered interest from has been the geekery side. This side comprises mostly of people who religiously follow various television shows, movie series, and book series. Notable groups within this ‘geekery’ side would be those who follow BBC’s Sherlock, CWs Supernatural, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. In addition to bringing together these groups, we are also very interested in promoting and helping with two common issues found within Tumblr users, mainly, depression and anxiety. We wish to provide informational programming about healthy ways to deal with these conditions
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