Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress pointed out in an interview recently that WordPress was going to be able to integrate more closely with Tumblr. Now having been getting to grips with Tumblr lately and therefore being much more active there than here in recent months – that grabbed my attention.
My feeling is these are two very different beasts. Tumblr makes it very easy to share/save content as well as providing the longer form writing capability of WordPress. That shared content makes it really easy to post content without needed to spend much time actually thinking (and therefore hopefully providing value!). That lower barrier makes Tumblr an interesting browsing tool but a much less useful place to make you stop and think. It is like comparing Techcrunch with Pandodaily. 🙂
There is a place for both, but I wonder if there is something to be said for keeping these different approaches separate from each other. With that said, Tumblr attempts to solve this by giving you the ability to have a link to your “longer form” writing only. I’ll take a stab at combining over here in WordPress and see how it shapes out.
For those wanting to do the same, whilst it is built in to WordPress.com blogs by default, you will have to install a plugin for self-hosted WordPress blogs. You can get it here
I meant to blog about the fact that I am changing hosts (again). I say again because I actually started the process to change hosts 3-4 months ago for some of my other domains but the provider I went with has not really worked out (Bluehost). I went ahead and exported the WordPress database and imported it into the new host, copied the files over, changed the config settings for the database (wp-config.php) and amazingly everything worked just fine.
That was the problem!! I was fully expecting to have to do multiple imports/exports of this blog to get it working.. didn’t happen so I was waiting till this weekend to transfer the domains over as I still have some work to do on other domains I look after. I look after more than I thought 🙁
Anyhow I have a few posts to complete now so lets hope doing these posts doesn’t delay the move this weekend.
UK mobile phone network, 3 launched the Me TV channel four months ago, which allowed users to generate their own content and publish them on the 3 network for other users to view. The mobile phone company then charged 10p (or 50p for adult content) for its subscribers to see the content and passed back a proportion of the income to the publisher.
By making the videos easy to create, publish and view; 3 has generated Â£1.2m from the service. I think this must be the most successful service on the UK 3g networks to date?
Of course, this is not the first time that user generated video content has captured the public’s imagination. The old fashioned way of doing it was to send your tape to the tv studios in the hope you would appear on Jeremy Beadle’s “You’ve been Framed” (that’s America’s Funniest Home Videos for you American folks!). Now it is back, but for the iPod generation.
Source: New Media Age (requires subscription)