What is Tumblr?

What is Tumblr?

Launched in 2007, Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website owned by Yahoo.

Tumblr allows its users to post all sorts of content and media to a blog of sorts in a shorter form. Users are allowed to follow the blogs of other users and they are also allowed to make their own blogs private or restricted to a certain list of followers.

Yahoo Inc. closed a deal on June 20, 2013 to acquire Tumblr for around 1.1 Billion US Dollars.

According to Tumblr itself, it now hosts 165 Million Blogs, with 72.7 Billion posts.

The website allows users to post text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos from any browser, phone, email and other mediums. It also allows the users to customize the whole thing from colors to even the HTML Code.

What is Tumblr ‘s List of Features?


The Dashboard is a live feed of recent posts from blogs a user follows they follow. Through the dashboard, users can comment, reblog, and like posts from other blogs. It also allows users to upload text posts, images, video, quotes, or links to their blog.

Via the dashboard, Users can connect their blogs to Twitter and Facebook right away.


This is the same as scheduled posts the same way as WordPress where they can schedule to delay posts that they make over days or a number of hours.

HTML editing

Tumblr allows users to edit their blog’s theme HTML coding to design the general appearance of their blog. Users are also allowed to create a custom domain name for the blog.

Tumblr also launched several smartphone apps to access their dashboard the same way it is on desktop.

What is Tumblr List of Security and Privacy Concerns?

X Rated Content

According to several sources, Tumblr has a sizeable amount of pornographic adult content. With Donald Karp, the founder of Tumblr, revealing that between 2 and 4 percent of Tumblr’s traffic is porn-related.

Tumblr’s Community Guidelines allows posting adult content but requires flagging of blogs that post mature content.

It prohibits the uploading of adult videos but allows links of pornographic videos or adult oriented content hosted elsewhere to be embedded within blogs.

Recently, Tumblr enforced pages with adult content to not be featured in tags or on homepages of users who are not using the “Safe mode”.

In 2012, Tumblr posted this statement regarding Not Suitable For Work (NSFW) posts “Tumblr’s longstanding policy regarding NSFW content has not changed and emphasizes the importance of free expression. As addressed in these policies, we are constantly taking measures to ensure our users can avoid this content unless they’d like to see it. Anyone can opt-in by disabling Safe Mode in their Dashboard Settings.”


In 2012, Tumblr was affected by a scripting worm from a troll group, this caused a spam chain the encouraged users to inflict harm on themselves and was widespread to thousands of users.

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