5 Things You Should Know Aboot Tumblr (yes, aboot)
Top 5 things relating to tumblr and the way it functions, which I think are fascinating, and also of which you may not yet know about.
1) Normally, tumblr only indexes your first 5 tags on any post, and tumblr only indexes tags if it’s on an original post, not a reblog. By indexing, I mean the part where you search up tags on tumblr through the sidebar on your dashboard (tumblr.com/tagged). The sixth and further tags won’t be indexed, but they can still be searched up on your own blog.
So stop spamming up my dashboard with 30 tags on a post! >:(
2) Tumblr has a Theme Recovery tool which backs up the last 20 changes on your blog’s custom HTML. The neat thing about this is that you can also view each entry’s changes directly, comparing the old vs. new with colour-coded changes.
So if you accidentally deleted your custom theme which you worked on for days, or something has horribly screwed up on your blog, you can get it all back by simply clicking the Revert button.
3) Tumblr does not allow URLs and links in an Ask question.
Yes, despite the warning message, even if you try to mask the url by adding extra characters in between the letters and successfully receiving the “sent!” message box, tumblr has an invisible filter which is applied after you “successfully” submit the Ask, and it filters out messages with URLs in them (even the ones which are slightly masked). If your URL doesn’t get past their filter, it doesn’t get sent out to the recipient, and you receive no notification that the delivery failed, either. Tricky! But I think they had anti-spam initiatives in mind when designing this. However, when publishing and replying to Asks privately, you are allowed to write URLs. This applies to both the anonymous and logged-in method of submitting an Ask question.
4) Tumblr allows you to find the blogs of your friends and contacts through its contact lookup. You must sign in with your email address (Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, or MSN), and tumblr will proceed to display a list of all your friends/contacts whom have signed up with an email address in your address book.
Important note: to change the privacy setting of this tool (if you don’t want your friends searching you up), visit your Preferences and untick the checkbox that says “Let people look me up by this address”.
Another way to look up contacts is, if you have the individual’s email address, to use the lookup tool found on this page.
5) Blocking someone on tumblr may not do what you think it does.
Some people might think that blocking on tumblr has the same functionality as blocking on facebook, where the person being blocked is shut out completely. However, this is NOT facebook. THISS IS SPAAAAAAAR—on tumblr, blocking someone does not mean they can’t view your blog and your page on the dashboard, or they automatically start unfollowing you. In fact, nothing really happens to them except for the fact that their names do not appear in the notes on posts created by you and/or posts on your own blog. Blocking Asks is another issue entirely. By blocking anonymous and tumblr users via an Ask, they are still free to submit Ask questions, but these messages won’t show up in your Inbox.
Read the fine print here, with more details about blocking:
Also, I’m sure this is big news now, but in case you’re living under a rock…
Tumblr has a new messaging system called Fan Mail which lets you send, well, fan mails to your favourite blogs. You must be following the user to send them a message, which is customizable with 3 different font styles and 2 different paper textures at the moment. Currently, you can receive an unlimited amount of fan mails and you can also reply back with a fan mail message of your own. The only drawback is that you cannot publish fan mails, but maybe in the future. A new “envelope” button has been created, which appears on the top right hand corner of a tumblr blog page, beside the follow/like/reblog buttons; you can use this to send fan mail to the blog owner directly. Otherwise, go to your Inbox to see the shiny button!
Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I realized these through my experience on tumblr. :) Hope it helped you in some way, or was at the very least an interesting read.
And lastly, yes, I do live in Canada.
But no, I do not say aboot.
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