And what a strange year of six-second clips it’s been.
Reporter Salvador Rodriguez dons his birthday hat and has more on the social video app’s first year over at Tech Now.
Family reunited by an AP photo
Nicholas Simmons vanished from his parents’ home in New York on New Year’s Day, only to be rediscovered by Associated Press photographer Jacquelyn Martin, who was documenting the winter cold in Washington, D.C.
Said Martin of their coincidental meeting:
"It struck me how young he was. I again introduced myself and shook his hand. He said his name was Nick."
She took her photos, filed them to the news wire, but after her work was featured in USA Today, Simmons’ parents realized that their son was in D.C., and the family was soon reunited.
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press
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Today marks the launch of Readymade, the first Tumblr theme designed specifically for the art world. A partnership between Tumblr and theme shop Pixel Union, the first to adopt the turn-key digital space for the art industry include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA-based non-profit ForYourArt, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, MoMA PS1, Paul Kasmin Gallery, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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"I belong to the Syrian people," Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told the French journalist George Malbrunot, of the newspaper Le Figaro, earlier this week. “I defend their interests and independence and will not succumb to external pressure.”
Yes. That’s what he said. There are many, many caveats to that little assertion, obviously, but one of the most noteworthy is this: The message wasn’t just sent from President Assad to George Malbrunot. It was also sent from President #Assad to George #Malbrunot. It was a message that originated in person, ostensibly, but that was delivered to the world (or at least to 36,664 members of that world) with the help of a Facebook-owned social network. It was political posturing in the form of an Instagram.
In that capacity, the “Syria, c’est moi” messaging accompanied a picture of Assad doing his thing, or claiming to — one of dozens of such pictures that syrianpresidency, “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,” has posted to its page since July.
The most ridiculous thing on Instagram right now.
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An NPR host’s tweeted bereavement
"Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon lost his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Monday night, but not before spending, and sharing, many hours at her side.
His more than 1.2 million Twitter followers have, over the course of the month, witnessed Simon documenting her struggles in the ICU, and his own difficulties in seeing his mother’s life ebb away before him.
Simon’s tweets show just how social media allows for new ways of coping with the inevitability of death, and the weight of the final moments spent with loved ones:
Many followers praised Simon’s openness for giving them the sense that they were not suffering alone. As one user put it, “comforting to know others are going through the same thing as my fam. May your mom pass peacefully, as I hope my father will.”
For just a sample of Simon’s poignant messages (more can be found via NPR):
Mother asks, “Will this go on forever?” She means pain, dread. “No.” She says, “But we’ll go on forever. You & me.” Yes.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon)
I love holding my mother’s hand. Haven’t held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon)
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Double Dashboard Update!
First, the new Activity page lets you graph the latest activity on your blog, view your top fans and posts, and see all of your recent notifications.
Second, a new way to see notes that’s faster (endless scrolling!) and highlights likes/reblogs/replies from people you follow!
In case you were wondering what that mysterious new button was.
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Tumblr users have always had the option of marking their account as NSFW, and since around 10% of Tumblr is porn, people were generally pretty good at labelling their blogs.
However, under Tumblr’s new content restrictions, posts from Adult-rated blogs will no longer show up on tags. Any tags. Also, Tumblr is able to flag your account as Adult without you labelling it as such—although users do have the option of appealing to the “Trust & Safety Team” if their feel their blog has been flagged unfairly.
Adult blogs are now unsearchable.
If your blog has been flagged as Adult, nothing you post will ever appear on Tumblr’s public tag searches. Your posts will only be visible to your own followers and the followers of people who reblog your content.
This means that if you want to publicize something like a Kickstarter campaign or political message, or even to signal boost a personal plea for help, that post will still not show up on Tumblr’s internal search engine. You are cut off from everyone except your own circle of followers.
Also, Many Tumblr users are finding that some tags have disappeared entirely from Tumblr’s iPhone app.
It’s unclear whether this is directly linked to the new content restrictions, but for example, iPhone users searching the #gay, #lesbian or #bisexual tags have reported seeing the result “No posts found,” although #bi, #lgbt and #queer still produce results. [READ MORE]
Continuing to reblog this story because this is 100% bad news bears.
This is an awkward situation all around. How do you think Tumblr could have handled this situation better, folks? I bet they’d love constructive feedback here. Shoot us an ask. Will share the best ideas with everyone.
Head on over to ShortFormBlog for a interesting discussion on how Tumblr should manage its complicated NSFW issue.
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