Yes, it's true. Yahoo has acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion... you heard correctly... $1.1 beeeeellllion. Just what do they plan on doing with it? Ummm... make money, and lots of it, by placing ads on your Tumblr content.
I admit, I haven't gotten too into Tumblr. I started one about 2 years ago, posted twice and ditched it. With that said, I am not blind to it's hugely creative fan base, many of which have been sounding off online comparing it to Nickelback, the most derided rock band of all time. Many users posted animated GIFs of Lauren Conrad, the reality television star, and SpongeBob sobbing. “Somebody create an evil Marissa Mayer GIF,” one user demanded, referring to Yahoo’s chief exec.
Very entertaining and dramatic!
Others got aggressive: “Dear Yahoo, We bite. Sincerely Every Tumblr user. Ever.”
There were those who took to Tumblr to pen letters about their fear surrounding the deal.
Welcome to the most emotionally driven group of people on the internet. I will offer some advice- don’t screw with it. We’re like potheads- we hate change. And you’re not making any moneys off of a site with 250 users. Thank you.
~A user ready to walk off at a moments notice.