Tumblr – A Quick and Handy Guide
Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr during the week has pushed the site further into the limelight.
Once Yahoo doesn’t give the site the kiss of death, as it’s done before with other purchases, Tumblr could become even more main stream than it is now. So, for those of us who have dabbled or even those who have a long term interest in the site, we’ve compiled a number of tips to get the most from Tumblr.
Speed Things Up
Tumblr has a number of keys that allow you to push through the dashboard faster – which is great and saves a lot of moving about. Take a look.
J key – move forward
K key move backward
L – like a post
If you want to re-blog, but don’t want to leave the dashboard, then just press Alt. If you just want to tag then the Ctrl key does this.
So, if you want to use Tumblr but don’t have the Internet, there’s an answer – SMS. It’s also possible to post to audio once you set it up.
Just get the Tumblr email from your settings it’s possible to send a blog, image or most other features via text message to the site.
Tumblr offers the chance for you to make your post SEO friendly, so we’d advise you to do so. Include tags and customise the URL. It’s also possible to highlight the post at the bottom of the page.
Each Tumblr post has a fold on the top right hand corner and this becomes apparent when you move a mouse over it. If you leave the cursor there for a period it will show you the time the post was originally published. It’s also possible to click through to the first version of the post on the blog.
Tumblr is a busy place and often it can be hard to find the beginning of a journal. However, adding ‘/chrono’ to the end of the URL allows you to find the posts on chronological order. It’s also possible to do this by date by adding ‘.com/day/YEAR/MONTH/DAY’
Adding /photos to the end of the URL string will show you photos only in a nice and tidy tile format. However, if you add /show/text you will get the text only. This works for everything from photos, audio, video and most other forms of media – just add ‘/’ in-front of any of the aforementioned.
We all get excited when using a new tool; however Tumblr limits the amount of enthusiasm with a number of different limits. These are:
You can only re-blog 250 times in 24 hours and 75 can be images
Tumblr only allows for 300 friend adds a day
The queue only holds 300 posts
10 asks per hour and only 5 are anonymous
So, we’d say take a look and get to grips with Tumblr, it could play a big part in the future if things go according to plan.
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