Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Tumblr sold by Verizon to Wordpress owner for almost nothing
Verizon is selling the blogging platform Tumblr to Automattic, the owner of Wordpress, for a very nominal amount. The Verge story by Julia Alexander is here.
Tumblr was known for terse, photo-heavy personal blogs. But in December it attracted attention when it decided to ban “adult” content, which was thought to hurt LGBTQ creators.
It’s a good question, whether the platform will be combined with Wordpress technically, with some sort of plugin manipulation. Will Tumblr users be offered a conversion tool to convert to Wordpress?
When AOL discontinued Hometown in 2007, Blogger offered a conversion tool.
But it is hard to see how free Blogging platforms make money in the age of social media.