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10 Tumblr Blogs To Follow For Great Writing Tips

Few websites are friendlier to creatives than Tumblr, a place to scroll through, like, and reblog posts like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not surprising, then, that hundreds of writing blogs have popped up all over that site faster than you can say “dashboard”.

With so many to choose from, it can get a bit daunting when trying to figure out which you should pay attention to. Therefore, I’ve gathered here 10 of the best must-follow Tumblr blogs for writers. Whether it’s helpful feedback or just some inspiration that you need, these sites can help you keep on writing.

1. The Right Writing

“A tip a day keeps writer’s block away.” This, in a nutshell, is The Right Writing‘s tagline (if it had one). Unlike most writing blogs, TRW does its best to give more than generic writing advice such as “Set a daily writing quota” or “Just keep hammering away at your keyboard”. Instead, it gives specific, actionable tips on how to craft a first line, how to describe a character, how to craft an eye-catching title, etc. The blog also occasionally posts interesting, writing-related links.

2. Quotes From Books

Whether you need life advice from the world’s greatest writers, or inspiration for writing awesome lines, Quotes from Books is the blog to follow. The site also provides book recommendations, in case you’re looking for something new to read. After all, writers need to read as much – if not more than – they write, right?

3. Writing Quotes

If “writer’s block” is bugging you (again), check out this site. Writing Quotes dishes out tips straight from the greats themselves on how to write, how not to write, how to read, and “all sorts of wordy things”, as the blogger put it. Pro-Tip: You can reblog the quotes that resonate the most with you, and tag them “writing quotes”, so you can refer back to them later when you need them. More Tumblr tips here.

4. WordStuck

One of a writer’s greatest weapons is an expansive vocabulary, and WordStuck does a wonderful job of filling that need. The site regularly posts about words from around the world and their respective meanings, framed in beautiful graphics created by the blogger. It’s especially fun when the site posts words that have no direct English translation – and you’re a native speaker of the language that uses that word!

5. Yeah Write

Yeah Write doesn’t just dish out writing advice, post daily prompts, and write about industry news, it also encourages writers to come together as a community through their “workshopper” program, where people can publicly offer their editing / proofreading / workshopping services. Whether you need any of these services or not, Yeah Write is a must-follow site.

6. Writing Problems

Ever felt that you’re the only one who suffers from (insert writing problem here)? Don’t worry; Writing Problems is here to let you know that, yes, you’re not the only one who types a word, presses “Backspace”, types that word again, and presses “Backspace” again. Scroll through their posts for a dose of side-splitting, “Hey, I can relate to this!” humor, and feel your writing-related stress melt away.

7. Fix Your Writing Habits

Writers have a nasty habit of doing everything except – irony of ironies – writing. Douglas Adams, for instance, was notorious for missing deadlines, and had to be locked up in hotel rooms to have any of his work done. (In case his name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the man behind The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

As the blog’s title implies, Fix Your Writing Habits tries to give you the best advice possible for getting you back on track, as well as vanquishing the Procrasti-Monster forever. The site is run by multiple authors, who put their money where their mouth is by posting on the blog regularly.

8. Reference For Writers

If you’re a writer who constantly works under tight deadlines, Reference For Writers is for you. The site posts comprehensive lists and links to research materials that would have taken you hours to find on your own. Occasionally, it posts the usual writing-blog material: tips, ideas, and inspiration for wordsmiths.

9. The Writing Café

Don’t want to clutter your dashboard with too many writing blogs? Just follow this one, then. The Writing Café is your all-in-one resource for writing advice, writing resources, links to research materials, etc. The blogger is friendly enough to answer questions, and patient enough to direct you to existing links if you ask a question that’s already been answered.

10. Your Favorite Author’s Tumblr Blogs

It’s difficult to link to just one author, since there are so many of them, and each of them caters to a specific taste. Personally, I follow Neil Gaiman for updates on his work, as well as Joe Hill, the eldest son of Stephen King and a formidable horror author in his own right. You can find more author blogs when you click “Find Blogs” on your dashboard, and click “Writers” in the Spotlight tab.

Conclusion

These blogs are just the tip of the iceberg. As writing keeps evolving as a craft, it’s inevitable for new writing blogs to mushroom all over the web (not just on Tumblr). If you know other writing blogs that haven’t been listed here, please do share them in the comments section.





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The 90 best Tumblr blogs for designers

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Tumblr is a micro blogging service and social network that makes it  mega-easy for anyone to set up their own blog. Tumblr blogs can be set up in a matter of minutes – get some pro tips for creating a design blog here – and having a Tumblr account also enables you to ‘follow’ other people via their Tumblr blogs.




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This Tumblr celebrates the art in the background of our favorite movies

It’s awful easy to forget just how much work goes into making a film — especially if you don’t stick around for the credits. But one professional photographer named Martin Cole is shining light on at least one overlooked role with his Tumblr “Art in Film.” The blog displays an impressive collection of film scenes that include some sort of visual art in the background — be it a Picasso or something manufactured just for the movie. Just think about it: most of the pieces of art are on screen for less than a second, yet each one had to be carefully selected or commissioned from scratch. It’s all a day’s work for under-praised production designers. Check out Cole’s Tumblr here.

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8 Tumblr Limitations You Probably Don’t Know

We’ve already covered some Tumblr tips and tricks that can help you out with your blogging experience. On top of that, we featured a few tools and extensions to get the most of out Tumblr. But we bet you didn’t know that there are limitations as to what you can do on Tumblr, for instance, you can only post a certain number of posts per day. Once you hit that limit, then you’d have to wait until the next day to continue posting.

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Tumblr lists some of these limitations on its Help page, but there are some that are less than official. In this post, we’ll uncover some of these limits that range from the tags you can track and fan mail you can send. Regardless of whether you are a potential power Tumblr user or a sporadic one at best, here are some of the things you probably don’t know about using Tumblr.

1. Can’t Go Private With Primary Blogs

Limitation – There’s a saying on the Internet that what is on the Internet stays on the Internet. Even if you delete it, someone might have seen and saved the screenshot, and may resurrect it. This holds true on Tumblr when you post on your primary blog as you cannot privatise its contents – everything is made public. Besides that, multiple authors cannot contribute posts to your primary blog.

What you can do – Here is when Tumblr’s secondary blogs shine. Secondary blogs allow you to receive contribution from more than one author, and you can add password protection to its content. There’s even a function that allows you to set certain posts as private before posting it. Best of all, although you are limited to just one primary blog per URL, there is no limit to how many secondary blogs you can own. However, you can only create 10 per day (which is more than you need, really).

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2. Limited To 250 Posts/Day

Limitation – You can never have too many posts on your Tumblr blog. Well, not in a day anyway. You can only post a total of 250 posts daily. This includes reblogs, and yes, the number applies to the cumulative posts on both your primary and secondary blogs. Tumblr will reset the post limit only when it hits 12 midnight Eastern Time, as its headquarters is based in New York.

What you can do – If for some reason, you hit the 250 limit, you can do one of two things: wait until Tumblr resets itself or you can queue your posts for the following day. The Queue will not be posted on the same day if you’ve hit your daily post limit (see below), so make sure to give it a time for the following day, or your post may be lost. If you need to check how many posts you have left, enter your Tumblr username at Post Limit Checker. The tool also tells you the time left until the next reset.

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3. Queue Only 50 Posts/Day

Limitation – Queueing posts is an artform by itself. You’d want to stagger posts so as to not overwhelm your followers. In fact, you can queue and publish up to 50 posts in the same day. This is of course included in the 250 posts-per-day limit but if you are going to be away for a while, you can actually queue up to 300 posts to be released across several days.

What you can do – Note that if you somehow exceeded the 250 limit but your queue is still ongoing, you’ll lose the remaining posts scheduled for the day. Instead of trying to beat the Queue limit, you can save your posts as Drafts. Once your Queue count is under the limit again, you can move those drafts to Queue.

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4. Optimum-Res At 500×750 pixels

Limitation – Whether they come in a post of their own or in a photoset, there is an optimum size for photos to display nicely. The normal photo size on a dashboard is 500 x 750 pixels and the maximum size you can upload a photo is 1280 x 1290 pixels. Photos bigger than 500 x 750 will be viewed in a lightbox when clicked.

What you can do – If you share photos heavily on Tumblr, it is obvious to keep the photo sizes to the recommended 500 x 750 pixels so your photos won’t be scaled down. Also note that from the 250 posts-per-day limit, 150 of those can be photo posts. If you have any trouble uploading photos, refer here for troubleshooting options. This blog post provides a comprehensive guide to the various photo sizes on Tumblr.

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5. Heavy GIFs Can’t Move

Limitation – Moving on to GIFs; GIFs maketh Tumblr as you can find all sorts of GIFs here along with users who specialize in making them. If however you come across a GIF that doesn’t quite work properly, it is because the file size allowed has been exceeded. If a GIF is more than 2MB, Tumblr will turn the first frame of the GIF into a static image.

What you can do – If you love making GIFs, you will do well to heed the size limits. The maximum GIF size was recently bumped up from 1MB to 1.75MB and within 500 pixels (which is good news as most GIF makers attest to their 500 pixels GIFs having better quality). If your GIF exceeds the size limit, try saving the post in drafts first to see if the animation loads. If it doesn’t, then you need to take some time to reduce the file size to workable limits.

6. More Than 5 Tags Lead To Phantom Tags

Limitation – Tags, as most of you would know, serve to keep track of things and function as a way to discover new content. If an original post has more than five tags, only the first five tags are searchable from the dashboard. Of course, with Tumblr’s new search, the sixth tag and beyond are searchable, unless you are using the old tag page.

What you can do – This tip is for the chronic tag commenters. If you want others to search for your post, you should hold off your comments until after the fifth tag – tag wisely if you want your post to be found. The ‘phantom’ tag phenomenon does not affect searching the tag from inside your blog. For a better way of searching tags, type http://username.tumblr.com/tagged/insert-tag/.

7. Can Track Only 20 Tags

Limitation – When it comes to tracking tags, some users track certain tags to keep up with new content. The tracked tags will show you how many new posts are posted with that tag since the last time you’ve checked. Note that reblogged posts don’t get tracked and if you are tracking more than 20 tags, then you won’t get to see the number of new posts that carry your tracked tag.

What you can do – Obviously, you should just track 20 tags for tag tracking to be effective. Do some house-keeping by untracking tags that no longer interest you, or track selectively. However, if you couldn’t care less about the post count, you may track all the tags you want.

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8. Ask 10 Questions/Hour

Limitation – Mostly Tumblr users communicate through ‘Ask’. For ‘Ask’ to work, it has to be enabled and you can have the option of enabling anonymous asks. Though when someone asks anonymously, the recipient can only reply publicly. Possibly to reduce spam, you can ask only 10 questions per hour (of which 5 can be anonymous). You will also have to adhere to a character limit of 500 characters.

What you can do – If you’ve used up your Ask quota, you can use the alternative method of communication: Fan Mail. Fan Mail is the official messaging function on Tumblr. In fact, your message can be as long as you want, and you can even send links to others. There is one slight setback, however. You can only send Fan Mail after you’ve been following a user for at least 48 hours. But once you’ve past that limitation, you can send Fan Mail up to 500 times a day.

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20 More Tumblr Tips, Tricks & Tools

Tumblr, the magical place where all fandoms reside. It is still as popular as ever for those who share and browse for their favourite things. However, like all social media sites, it goes through changes. The visual microblogging site has recently upgraded its interface and API for a better blogging experience, as of January 2014.

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It’s still the Tumblr that you know and love but you may be a bit confused about certain functions. Don’t worry though as we’ve come up with this handy post to help you along once again. Below, you’ll find out how to rearrange queued posts, view archives with ease and there are even cool extensions like Tumblr Chat that will enable you to (finally) have a proper conversation with your Tumblr crush.

Tips & Tricks

View Search The Old Fashioned Way

This is one of the things that Tumblr had revamped. The new search bar allows you to search for multiple tags at the same time. While that is definitely an improvement, some do not like the new layout displaying the search results. If you want to view it in with the old layout, replace /search with /tagged in the URL.

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Share A Preview Of A Draft

Normally a draft stays a draft for the reason, but sometimes, you may want to show your followers that you’re still working on something. First, save your post as draft. Access your drafts and click on the upper right corner of the post. A tab of your blog post in your blog template appears. Copy the URL and share it. The URL is temporary and once you publish the draft, the URL will disappear. It’s also a way to preview your drafts.

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Rearrange Queued Posts

You have set your posts in queue to be up at a certain time. However, you want to change the publishing order of certain posts. You can do that at your queue page. Hover over the Sort button – the middle button on the right bottom corner – and drag the post for rearrangement. If you want the post to be published first, click on the Move to top button on the far right corner.

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Find Out What Your Friends Like

Some blogs have a “Things I Liked” section which shows posts that users have liked. Most don’t as they did not enable the setting. If you would like to see what posts your friend have liked on their blog, type in this URL: http://www.tumblr.com/liked/by/[username]. Take note that this only works for public Tumblrs.

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Search For Posts On Blogs Without Search Bar

You may have come across a post from a user that you like. You then visit the user’s Tumblr to search for similar posts but the Tumblr does not have a search bar. You can still do so by using this URL: http://[username].tumblr.com/search/[search term].

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View Tagged Posts From Earliest To Latest

The nature of blog posts is to display the most recent post first followed by later posts. There is no setting to display your oldest post first but you can view your tagged posts in chronological order. To do that, add /chrono to the end of a tag URL like this: http://[username].tumblr.com/tagged/[tag name]/chrono.

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Search For Posts On A Specific Date

Maybe you would like to find a certain post that you know is published on a certain date. It can be a pain going through the entire blog or tag looking for the post. You can actually just find out what posts are posted on a specific date. You can do this by typing http://[username].tumblr.com/day/[year]/[month]/[day].

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View Archives

One of the fastest ways to browse a blog’s contents is to look through archives. But not all blogs have an archive link. You can still view those blogs’ archives by using this URL: http://[username].tumblr.com/archive. Additionally, if you want to just browse a particular month and year in an archive, use this URL: http://[username].tumblr.com/archive/[year]/[month].

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Find All Your Tags

One of the things that Tumblr seemingly doesn’t have is a list of all the tags you have used. But they do. To find all the tags you’ve ever used, first go to your Tumblr dashboard source code. To do that, right-click on your dashboard and select “View page source” from the menu. Next, either Command + F (Mac) or Ctrl + F (Windows) to find Tumblr.USER_TAGS.

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Display Individual Author’s Avatar

This is for those who manage a blog with multiple authors. Tumblr’s dashboard will show a blog’s avatar next to a post. With this setting turned on, it will show an author’s avatar along with the blog’s avatar. Go to the gear icon at the top which is next to the log out icon. Scroll to Blog avatar and enable Show author portraits.

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Extensions & Tools

Tumblr Savior

Say goodbye to spoilers and avoiding Tumblr until you’ve watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Tumblr Savior allows you to block those posts from your dashboard. This tool is also useful for blocking posts you don’t want to see like triggers or anything that fills you with rage.

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Tumblr Hate

Tumblr Hate is a very specific tool. It blocks a particular post that you have no intention of ever seeing again because you hate it with a passion. Tumblr Hate will block it even if it gets reblogged by other users, and even if it gets reblogged two years later. Take note though that it doesn’t work if you have Tumblr Savior.

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#Wrap

Sometimes, tags get cut off on a post. Especially those long tags that double up as a commentary. You also want to see the rest of the tags that come with it but they are hidden. Although Tumblr may have its scrolling tag feature to view tags, you may find it annoying. #wrap solves all that by wrapping the tags to fit in the post.

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Archive Poster

This one is for those who like browsing others’ archive pages. Archive Poster allows you to reblog, queue, draft and like posts from the archive. It saves you the time you take to open the post in a separate tab.

[Download Extension]

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Tumblr Chat

Tumblr users rejoice! You can now chat on Tumblr with Tumblr Chat. Let’s face it, the Message function and Fanmail function just don’t allow us to properly chat on Tumblr. With the Tumblr Chat extension, users can chat with one another on the same Tumblr page. Some of the tool’s features are sharing photos and videos, live streaming with webcam and creating private chat rooms.

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Babblr

If you prefer to chat from your dashboard though, you can check out babblr. This extension gives you a chat function somewhat similar to Facebook chat. You invite a friend who has a babblr account to chat through their username and email. It even lets you create chat groups to talk to multiple persons at a time.

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Google Analytics

This is one of the best and free ways to to track your Tumblr. Google Analytics allows you to track your Tumblr stats, like who’s visiting your site and how many are viewing it. Do check if your theme allows you to paste a Google Analytics ID in the settings. If it doesn’t, follow the instructions here.

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Disqus

Some people use Tumblr to display their creative works to get feedback. However, not everyone has a Tumblr and those who don’t will not be able to comment on your posts. This is where Disqus comes in. The popular commenting feature allows people outside of Tumblr to comment on your post and helps generate discussions.

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Listen To Music You’ve Blogged

Trntbl does a very interesting thing. When you enter your Tumblr username (or any Tumblr username), you can hear all the music you’ve blogged. It is somewhat like a Tumblr playlist. You can even discover new music this way, especially when you enter music Tumblr blogs into the username bar.

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Check Your Post Limit

What most people don’t realize is that there is a post limit of 250 posts a day on Tumblr. If you would like to know how many posts you have left, you can enter your Tumblr username at Post Limit Checker. You can also enter other Tumblr usernames to find out their blog stats like how many posts they have and what time zone they’re in.

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Are there are any tips or tools that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.





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A Guide To Essential Tumblr Etiquette: Do’s & Don’ts

Tumblr is more than just another social network site – it’s a community. Despite the diversity in community interests, all these communities function on the same set of accepted albeit unofficial etiquette on Tumblr. Certain rules govern these practices, and although they’re not official, things can get nasty if not followed.

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As part of a community, you would want to get along with everyone else and would normally try not to get on people’s nerves. If you need help in this department, here’s an etiquette guide to Tumblr that will help you enjoy your experience and feel a sense of belonging (which is what you’re after, right?).

Let’s take a look at the reblogging, tagging and social ettiquete of Tumblr.

Reblogging Etiquette

Reblogging is what Tumblr is all about. Users reblog to share posts with others – it works like the retweet function on Twitter. Everyone reblogs on Tumblr. Obsessively. There are accounts that only reblog posts from others, without posting an original piece of their own, which is fine, but do bear in mind these 4 do’s and don’ts.

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1. Do Reblog But Don’t Repost

Whenever you come across a post you’d like to share on your Tumblr blog, reblog it instead of reposting it.

By reblogging, you credit the original author of the post. When you repost, you give the impression that you are the original poster, which isn’t true. In fact, this is tantamount to stealing another person’s work. And anyways, it’s also easier to reblog than to repost as it just takes one button.

2. Don’t Alter Posts

Another reason to reblog is that the original poster may have written something to describe the post. It is thus rude to remove the author’s comments.

It is also common for users to post from external sources like fan art from Deviantart. They will credit the artist accordingly by providing a link to the original in the comments. Removing that credit is equivalent to not giving credit where credit is due. Also, people will continuously bug you for the origin of the material.

3. Don’t Delete Other Comments

You will come across Tumblr posts that carry user comments, which you might want to consider removing before a reblog. Don’t.

Once in a while, users respond to a post by adding in extra information in a comment. Sometimes reblogs happen because of the comments. If you still insist on not including the comments, you can go to the original post and reblog it from there.

4. Don’t Reblog Things That You Hate

Suppose that you’re not a fan of BBC’s Sherlock TV Series and someone on your dashboard happens to post a scene from it, don’t reblog it just to rant about it.

Remember, people come to Tumblr to find and share things they love. They will not appreciate it when you rant about how terrible their interest is. Just continue on your merry way reblogging things that you like, and ignoring things that you hate.

Tagging Etiquette

Hashtagging on Tumblr is more commonly known as tagging. Tags play a big part in the Tumblr universe. It allows users to track posts, spread information and organize their blog contents. While their purpose seems to be similar to how they are used on other social media sites, on Tumblr, the usage of tags are on a different level.

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1. Don’t Tag Your Hate

This is somewhat similar to “Don’t reblog your hate” but applied to your own post. If you really hate Games of Thrones, that’s fine. You are entitled to your opinion but don’t tag the post with #game of thrones or any of its related tags. As mentioned, people track tags because they love something; they care little to nothing about your rants as your hate does not contribute to the fandom.

2. You Should Tag Spoilers

If you follow new episodes of TV shows and like to blog about it the moment you finish watching it, do everyone a favor and tag it #spoilers. As much as you like to post spoilers, I doubt you would like it if others spoil a show for you before it is even shown where you live.

It is thus common courtesy to tag your post as #spoilers for your followers. This makes it easier for them to block specific posts. You can also let your followers know in advance and tell them the tag you’ll be using.

3. Tag Triggers And NSFW

Tumblr has a policy about posting sensitive issues but it acknowledges that this differs from person to person. That said, some things do bring out painful memories for certain people while other things also just Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

By tagging your posts with #trigger warning, you’ll help those who are a little bit sensitive to block posts that may cause them discomfort. Tagging #NSFW will help your followers keep their jobs and for the rest of us to treat your Tumblr posts accordingly.

4. Comment With Tags

There are differing schools of thought on why you must post your comments in the tags. The origins of these standards are sketchy and the rules vague.

The basic premise however is to put reaction comments (also fangirling/fanboying) in tags. Examples include #lol #omg #all my feels #my otp #this. People prefer comments in the text section to add to the post like refutations to a statement as they feel that it adds more to the post. It also makes for neater reblogging.

Social Etiquette

At the end of the day, you are still dealing with people, hence the "social" aspect of a social network. All the rules of etiquette adds up to how your actions affect others, particularly their feelings. Here are a few more do’s and don’ts to help you out.

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1. User-Friendly Themes

Honestly you can do whatever you want with the look of your blog. However, do take into account that people may check out your blog outside their dashboard. If your blog has music on autoplay, tiled GIFs in the background or neon colours (or perhaps it lacks navigation buttons), then chances are they won’t be sticking around to check out your posts.

2. Don’t Demand A Follow Back

No. Just, no. Even if you have followed their blog and you desperately need friends or followers, do not drop the person a line to ask them to follow you back. There isn’t a popularity contest on who gets the most followers, and basically, it’s like complimenting a random stranger on their fashion sense and telling them to compliment you back.

Talk to people and share interesting stuff on your blog if you want to make friends. If they like you and think you’re worth following back, they will. If they like you but don’t follow back, don’t take it personally. No one is entitled to follow backs.

3. No Anon Hate

The easiest way to talk to someone directly is through the ask box. If a user has enabled the ask box function on their blog, you can ask a question, comment or say hello to them. There is also an option in some ask boxes to remain anonymous.

Please do not use this function to insult, bully or troll a person, although it is very easy to do so. You may think you’re protected by the cloud of anonymity but Tumblr users can still find and report you to Tumblr’s admin staff. People have enough problems in real life and they don’t need more online.

4. Respect Others’ Opinion

If you want to have an opinion on the Web, the first thing you need to understand is that others are entitled to their opinion as well. People like, hate, are indifferent to, feel strongly and love wrongly about all sorts of fandom-triggered craziness, and that’s what makes the Web great.

The last thing anyone needs, including you, is some hatemonger cramming opinions down one’s throat. The best way to make sure that never happens if to start with yourself: respect the opinions of others as you would want them to respect yours.

5. Credit Your Source

Perhaps you came across something outside of Tumblr that you want to share on your blog. If it’s not yours, provide a link back to the source. Not crediting your source gives the wrong impression that you’re stealing someone else’s work. FYI Google, 9gag, weheartit.com and your computer folder are not sources.

If you don’t remember the source, put a disclaimer or don’t post it up at all. Also if you have posted something up, and the creator finds it then asks you to take down their work, irregardless of credit given or not, please do so. They have their reasons and if there is honor among thieves, there can be honor among Tumblr users – let’s make that happen.

Conclusion

Etiquette, in a sense, goes both ways. While common etiquette breach doesn’t warrant a report, you can call out on people who don’t adhere to the more serious ones, like posting what does not belong to them. Haters can be blocked and mean people unfollowed. You can even disable the anonymous option in ask.

If you are unsure about the right step to take, you can always ask. Tumblr users are generally helpful and aren’t shy to guide you. It’s okay to make a mistake here or two. What is not okay is stirring up trouble when there is none. Tumblr is a place to play out your interests, so if you ever feel threatened or harrassed by someone, remember that you can always report them.





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A Guide To Essential Tumblr Etiquette: Do’s & Don’ts

Tumblr is more than just another social network site – it’s a community. Despite the diversity in community interests, all these communities function on the same set of accepted albeit unofficial etiquette on Tumblr. Certain rules govern these practices, and although they’re not official, things can get nasty if not followed.

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As part of a community, you would want to get along with everyone else and would normally try not to get on people’s nerves. If you need help in this department, here’s an etiquette guide to Tumblr that will help you enjoy your experience and feel a sense of belonging (which is what you’re after, right?).

Let’s take a look at the reblogging, tagging and social ettiquete of Tumblr.

Reblogging Etiquette

Reblogging is what Tumblr is all about. Users reblog to share posts with others – it works like the retweet function on Twitter. Everyone reblogs on Tumblr. Obsessively. There are accounts that only reblog posts from others, without posting an original piece of their own, which is fine, but do bear in mind these 4 do’s and don’ts.

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1. Do Reblog But Don’t Repost

Whenever you come across a post you’d like to share on your Tumblr blog, reblog it instead of reposting it.

By reblogging, you credit the original author of the post. When you repost, you give the impression that you are the original poster, which isn’t true. In fact, this is tantamount to stealing another person’s work. And anyways, it’s also easier to reblog than to repost as it just takes one button.

2. Don’t Alter Posts

Another reason to reblog is that the original poster may have written something to describe the post. It is thus rude to remove the author’s comments.

It is also common for users to post from external sources like fan art from Deviantart. They will credit the artist accordingly by providing a link to the original in the comments. Removing that credit is equivalent to not giving credit where credit is due. Also, people will continuously bug you for the origin of the material.

3. Don’t Delete Other Comments

You will come across Tumblr posts that carry user comments, which you might want to consider removing before a reblog. Don’t.

Once in a while, users respond to a post by adding in extra information in a comment. Sometimes reblogs happen because of the comments. If you still insist on not including the comments, you can go to the original post and reblog it from there.

4. Don’t Reblog Things That You Hate

Suppose that you’re not a fan of BBC’s Sherlock TV Series and someone on your dashboard happens to post a scene from it, don’t reblog it just to rant about it.

Remember, people come to Tumblr to find and share things they love. They will not appreciate it when you rant about how terrible their interest is. Just continue on your merry way reblogging things that you like, and ignoring things that you hate.

Tagging Etiquette

Hashtagging on Tumblr is more commonly known as tagging. Tags play a big part in the Tumblr universe. It allows users to track posts, spread information and organize their blog contents. While their purpose seems to be similar to how they are used on other social media sites, on Tumblr, the usage of tags are on a different level.

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1. Don’t Tag Your Hate

This is somewhat similar to “Don’t reblog your hate” but applied to your own post. If you really hate Games of Thrones, that’s fine. You are entitled to your opinion but don’t tag the post with #game of thrones or any of its related tags. As mentioned, people track tags because they love something; they care little to nothing about your rants as your hate does not contribute to the fandom.

2. You Should Tag Spoilers

If you follow new episodes of TV shows and like to blog about it the moment you finish watching it, do everyone a favor and tag it #spoilers. As much as you like to post spoilers, I doubt you would like it if others spoil a show for you before it is even shown where you live.

It is thus common courtesy to tag your post as #spoilers for your followers. This makes it easier for them to block specific posts. You can also let your followers know in advance and tell them the tag you’ll be using.

3. Tag Triggers And NSFW

Tumblr has a policy about posting sensitive issues but it acknowledges that this differs from person to person. That said, some things do bring out painful memories for certain people while other things also just Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

By tagging your posts with #trigger warning, you’ll help those who are a little bit sensitive to block posts that may cause them discomfort. Tagging #NSFW will help your followers keep their jobs and for the rest of us to treat your Tumblr posts accordingly.

4. Comment With Tags

There are differing schools of thought on why you must post your comments in the tags. The origins of these standards are sketchy and the rules vague.

The basic premise however is to put reaction comments (also fangirling/fanboying) in tags. Examples include #lol #omg #all my feels #my otp #this. People prefer comments in the text section to add to the post like refutations to a statement as they feel that it adds more to the post. It also makes for neater reblogging.

Social Etiquette

At the end of the day, you are still dealing with people, hence the "social" aspect of a social network. All the rules of etiquette adds up to how your actions affect others, particularly their feelings. Here are a few more do’s and don’ts to help you out.

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1. User-Friendly Themes

Honestly you can do whatever you want with the look of your blog. However, do take into account that people may check out your blog outside their dashboard. If your blog has music on autoplay, tiled GIFs in the background or neon colours (or perhaps it lacks navigation buttons), then chances are they won’t be sticking around to check out your posts.

2. Don’t Demand A Follow Back

No. Just, no. Even if you have followed their blog and you desperately need friends or followers, do not drop the person a line to ask them to follow you back. There isn’t a popularity contest on who gets the most followers, and basically, it’s like complimenting a random stranger on their fashion sense and telling them to compliment you back.

Talk to people and share interesting stuff on your blog if you want to make friends. If they like you and think you’re worth following back, they will. If they like you but don’t follow back, don’t take it personally. No one is entitled to follow backs.

3. No Anon Hate

The easiest way to talk to someone directly is through the ask box. If a user has enabled the ask box function on their blog, you can ask a question, comment or say hello to them. There is also an option in some ask boxes to remain anonymous.

Please do not use this function to insult, bully or troll a person, although it is very easy to do so. You may think you’re protected by the cloud of anonymity but Tumblr users can still find and report you to Tumblr’s admin staff. People have enough problems in real life and they don’t need more online.

4. Respect Others’ Opinion

If you want to have an opinion on the Web, the first thing you need to understand is that others are entitled to their opinion as well. People like, hate, are indifferent to, feel strongly and love wrongly about all sorts of fandom-triggered craziness, and that’s what makes the Web great.

The last thing anyone needs, including you, is some hatemonger cramming opinions down one’s throat. The best way to make sure that never happens if to start with yourself: respect the opinions of others as you would want them to respect yours.

5. Credit Your Source

Perhaps you came across something outside of Tumblr that you want to share on your blog. If it’s not yours, provide a link back to the source. Not crediting your source gives the wrong impression that you’re stealing someone else’s work. FYI Google, 9gag, weheartit.com and your computer folder are not sources.

If you don’t remember the source, put a disclaimer or don’t post it up at all. Also if you have posted something up, and the creator finds it then asks you to take down their work, irregardless of credit given or not, please do so. They have their reasons and if there is honor among thieves, there can be honor among Tumblr users – let’s make that happen.

Conclusion

Etiquette, in a sense, goes both ways. While common etiquette breach doesn’t warrant a report, you can call out on people who don’t adhere to the more serious ones, like posting what does not belong to them. Haters can be blocked and mean people unfollowed. You can even disable the anonymous option in ask.

If you are unsure about the right step to take, you can always ask. Tumblr users are generally helpful and aren’t shy to guide you. It’s okay to make a mistake here or two. What is not okay is stirring up trouble when there is none. Tumblr is a place to play out your interests, so if you ever feel threatened or harrassed by someone, remember that you can always report them.





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50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes

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Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type.

Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for!

Club Monaco – Fashion Tumblr Theme

Club Monaco is a beautiful lifestyle brand type theme that features custom images, hi-res, and a classy layout perfect for fashion and clothing brands. Not to mention it is the essence of minimal.

Price: Free

Author: Club Monaco

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Readymade – Pop Culture & Art Tumblr Theme

Readymade is a fantastic theme featuring slideshows, multiple views, and a portfolio layout. It also has a whole list of other customization options including logo options, galleries, and it’s responsive.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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UltraFocus – Minimal Tumblr Theme

UltraFocus is both minimal and responsive making it the perfect fit for a designer, photographer, or any creative.

Price: $ 19

Author: UltraLinx

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Lookbook

Lookbook is a theme for the image curator and visual creator with a focus on beautiful, crisp images.

Price: Free

Author: Wantering

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Gridly – Responsive Portfolio Tumblr Theme

Gridly is a beautiful, responsive theme that offers a perfect solution to those in need of a simple but effective portfolio.

Price: $ 18

Author: Thomas Cullen

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The Minimalist – Classy Tumblr Theme

The Minimalist is a slim and classy Tumblr theme that is pure. Basic black and white with thin lines makes this theme a minimalist’s dream.

Price: Free

Author: Pixel Union

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Fixed

Fixed is a Tumblr theme focused on the content. Impactful posts are a huge part of this post and even text posts look beautiful.

Price: Free

Author: Andrevvm

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Zen – Clean Tumblr Theme

Zen is a clear theme with a highly customizable design. It boasts beautiful text pairings and an overall flat feel to it.

Price: $ 30

Author: thomv

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Quite Big – Photography Tumblr Theme

Quite Big is a Tumblr theme with an emphasis on BIG photos, photo-sets, and videos.

Price: Free

Author: George Dunkley

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Brick 

Brick is a basic theme for images and includes features such as infinite scrolling, social icons, and even comments by Disqus.

Price: Free

Author: thejenyuan-themes

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Discover

Discover is a simple free Tumblr theme with a beautiful background image, complimented with a clean layout.

Price: Free

Author: olleotathemes

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Simon – Simple Tumblr Theme

Simon is a clean and flat Tumblr theme. It has so many customization options making this one of the simplest themes to use.

Price: $ 30

Author: mikedidthis

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Vintage Metro – Nostalgic Tumblr Theme

Vintage Metro is the perfect Tumblr theme for all the creatives out there who enjoy a bit of retro in their designs.

Price: $ 30

Author: thomv

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Strict

Strict is a simple free Tumblr theme with some awesome design elements, like a cut off title that makes it really unique. It also includes custom colors and group blog support.

Price: Free

Author: arood

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Mimesi – Creative Portfolio Theme for Tumblr

Mimesi is a beautiful Tumblr theme built for creatives. It is the perfect portfolio and has an epic, yet simple design all at once.

Price: $ 30

Author: themebull

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Notes – Clean & Responsive Tumblr Theme for Beautiful Text Posts

Notes is a Tumblr theme with a cool texture design to it. Perfect for text posts and various musings.

Price: $ 30

Author: mikedidthis

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Stevie – Advanced Blog Style Tumblr Theme

With a slider and sidebar plus multiple page support this is one of the more advanced Tumblr themes out there, but well worth it.

Price: $ 18

Author: Thomascullen92

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Deluxe

Deluxe is a classy Tumblr theme with a cool layout for images and visual content.

Price: Free

Author: olleotathemes

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Ellisium – Business Minded Tumblr Theme

Ellisium is basically a fully functional site, morphed into a tumblr theme for your business. It is fantastic and has some awesome color schemes.

Price: $ 30

Author: PixelMoxie

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UltraZen

The best of the best minimal theme, scraping it down to the basics. Subtle animations and a beautiful design makes this a really amazing free theme.

Price: Free

Author: UltraLinx

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Soupa – Premium Responsive Tumblr Theme

Soupa is a unique Tumblr theme emphasizing images with subtle text animations and fades to really enhance the reader’s experience.

Price: $ 18

Author: Thomascullen92

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Postcards – Retro Tumblr Theme

Postcards is a beautiful theme offering hand-crafted retro elements to a simple blog layout.

Price: $ 19

Author: Mimesis Themes

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Cassadaga

Cassadaga is a free Tumblr theme offering beautiful customizations for logos, text, and general layout.

Price: Free

Author: mbacani

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The New Yorker – Premium Tumblr Theme

The New Yorker is a beautiful theme with so many specificities. From texture to insanely unique layout, this is one of the coolest Tumblr themes out.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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Rubric

Rubric is a beautiful free Tumblr theme featuring a unique grid layout for your images and media-based posts.

Price: Free

Author: themestatic

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Cameo – Two Tone Minimalist Theme

Cameo is a beautiful, responsive theme featuring expert design and a clean minimal layout.

Price: $ 10

Author: runrunrobot

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Longform – Text Focused Tumblr Theme

Longform is a fantastic theme that is built to showcase beautiful text posts and longform content.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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Woodely

Woodely is a super customizable free Tumblr theme offering some cool textures and a fantastic image grid.

Price: Free

Author: paulborsan

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Halcyon – The Prime Grid Theme for Tumblr

Halcyon is noted as the golden age of grid themes and comes with some beautiful design features making it very unique.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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Magnify – Responsive Grid Based Theme

Magnify is a very minimal grid theme that is perfectly responsive.

Price: $ 29

Author: JenYuan

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Ethanol

Ethanol is a unique Tumblr theme with a cool header and color palette.

Price: Free

Author: dr-slash

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Plato – Colorful Tumblr Theme

Plato is a clean Tumblr theme featuring SEO optimization, HTML 5 semantics, and a whole slew of other unique details.

Price: $ 9

Author: vasilis

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Typistry – Minimal, Pure Text Tumblr Theme

Typistry is the actual extent of minimal with some of the best typography for any Tumblr theme around.

Price: $ 19

Author: ColeTownsend

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Masonite

Masonite is a clean and organized free Tumblr theme.

Price: Free

Author: hellodirty

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Criss Cross

Criss Cross is a minimal grid theme that features infinite scroll.

Price: Free

Author: level82

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Encore – Slim & Classy Tumblr Theme

Encore is a theme stripped down to the basics, keeping it slim and classy as ever.

Price: $ 30

Author: JenYuan

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Premier – Responsive Tumblr Theme with Sticky Navigation

Premier is a theme featuring some beautiful colors, classic styles, and an awesome layout.

Price: $ 30

Author: JenYuan

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Crate – Smooth Two Column Tumblr Theme

Crate is a very smooth and simple theme with excellent, subtle design flares.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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Spin Madly On

Spin Madly On is a very simple, one column theme featuring some clean and organized design aspects.

Price: Free

Author: mbacani

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Next – Sophisticated Tumblr Theme

Next is a clean and responsive theme with a darker theme to it.

Price: $ 16

Author: WoxThemes

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Observer

Observer is a free Tumblr theme to focus on the images, text, and music.

Price: Free

Author: zsultan

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Inkhorn

Inkhorn is a simplistic and handsome Tumblr Theme.

Price: Free

Author: inkhorntheme

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Maximalist – Very Unique Tumblr Theme

Maximalist is a very interesting Tumblr theme that focuses solely on the content.

Price: $ 29

Author: Pixel Union

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Mason – Masonry Based Tumblr Theme

Mason is an organized and beautifully-laid out Tumblr theme.

Price: $ 30

Author: mikedidthis

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Expo – Gorgeous Lightweight Tumblr Theme

Expo is a clean and light Tumblr theme with no complication or clutter.

Price: $ 30

Author: Pixel Union

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Sisko – Versatile Tumblr Theme

Sisko is clean and versatile. It is the type of Tumblr theme that could double as a portfolio or a blog.

Price: $ 30

Author: GraphicMonkee

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Royal Cameleon

Royal Cameleon is a beautiful and unique Tumblr theme with some rad textures.

Price: Free

Author: goroboto

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Platro – Responsive Grid Tumblr Theme

Platro is a really unique responsive theme with a colorful grid of images.

Price: $ 30

Author: qwillar

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Railway – Blogger Tumblr Theme

Railway is a responsive theme perfect for bloggers and creatives alike.

Price: $ 16

Author: WoxThemes

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Metro – Minimal Gradient Based Tumblr Theme

Metro is a clean and minimal Tumblr theme with some unique design elements such as gradients.

Price: $ 30

Author: JenYuan

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Design Shack

Tumblr now lets you mention and link to specific users inside posts

As Tumblr evolves from blog network to modern social network, it is today adding a long-awaited feature: user mentions. When you type an @ symbol into Tumblr’s compose screen, a new field auto-populates a list of usernames so you can directly refer to specific profiles when you write about them. When somebody mentions you, a new notification will appear inside your Activity page.

The feature isn’t a major addition to the site, but is indicative of Tumblr’s increasingly contextual user experience. What was once a quick way to post text and photo posts is now a social network with a notifications page, user “profiles” you can link to, and a news feed many media publications leverage to spread news. Instagram notably also added the…

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