Dreamwidth + Tumblr?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 11:37 pm
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
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In the dw_news comments, some suggested that DW make Tumblr a site you could link to with an icon, which IMHO might be a bit hard because Tumblr allows you to use domain names fully for your Tumblr site. IMHO Tumblr is sort of like a hybrid between Twitter and Wordpress, and the way it allows for (free) domain name usage is more on the WP side.

DW could implement a Tumblr import. Probably Tumblr's API can handle this, because you can import Tumblrs to Posterous and Wordpress.com.

Why DW might want to create more Tumblr integration, some thoughts:


1. Tumblr's star is rising, for now. It's where the new bloggers are.

2. Precisely because DW is different from Tumblr, it might offer an alternative for some Tumblr users. In other words, DW has some features which Tumblr lacks, whereas DW has few features which LJ lacks. I think nowadays LJ's killer app is not the privacy features, but the comms.

3. Possibly, DW has reached market saturation among LJ users. Trying to promote DW in a new market might lead to more potential DW subscribers.



Some links:
Requiem for Livejournal

An article about LJ's popularity in Russia

Quote from Anton Nossik: "In Russia, LiveJournal's primary function has shifted from social networking to mass media, so it makes little sense trying to figure out how many people are actively blogging in Russian LJ -- tens or hundreds of thousands. It's the readers that count, and the readership has been growing quite steadily over the last five years."
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