WordPress founder claims users are abandoning Tumblr because of Yahoo deal


Now that Yahoo has officially unveiled its plans to purchase Tumblr for $ 1.1 billion, it’s inevitable we’ll see some user backlash. Rival blog host WordPress claims that backlash has already begun: founder Matt Mullenweg says that imports from Tumblr to WordPress rose from the typical rate of 400-600 per hour to over 72,000. That’s quite an uptick, although it’s worth pointing out that the number cited relates to individual posts, rather than entire blogs. It’s also not unprecedented: as AllThingsD notes, Posterous users fled the service when it was purchased by Twitter, and Instagram users were up in arms over its acquisition by Facebook.

Mullenweg also made some comments on the acquisition as a whole. He believes that the price Yahoo…

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