Tumblr’s lead dev: “Scoble doesn’t know what he’s talking about”

Oh, Tumblr‘s lead developer, Marco Arment, said yesterday on his Tumblelog that he doesn’t listen to me because he doesn’t think I know what I’m talking about. Oh, that’s a bummer, cause I was just about to tell the world a few things:

1. That Tumblr is doing the most innovative stuff out there in the world of blogging.
2. That I expect that in 2009 Tumblr will come out on top of the growth curve for services like Twitter, FriendFeed, etc.
3. That Marco is brilliant.
4. That Tumblr is well positioned to make a ton of money over next couple of years, even with the bad economy factored in because they were going to charge their users, something that SmugMug has done and done quite well with. (Of course, that’s probably why they picked up $4.5 million in venture last week).

But, like Marco said, I don’t know what I’m talking about, so you can move along and go back to Facebook.
:-)

Oh, and I subscribed. Why? Cause I like following brilliant people who don’t listen to me. They tend to change the world.

UPDATE: Marco answered. Wait a second, how did he see this post if he isn’t listening to me? Funny, he learned about it from a Facebook friend.

52 thoughts on “Tumblr’s lead dev: “Scoble doesn’t know what he’s talking about”

  1. As a micro-blogging platform, Tumblr has a more sophisticated set of users than Twitter. They don’t automatically follow me when I follow them. It’s all about creative content for Tumblrists. This is the reason why I’m on Tumblr: To find unique material.

    For business related topics, I do tend to go with Twitter and good ol’ blogs, like Robert’s.

  2. But see, they change the world precisely because they don’t listen to you.

    As for the mish-mash mash-up whatnot Hungarian ‘Web 2 point Zero’ casserole pre-fab spamhausish blog maker blah blah that is “Tumblr”, it’s doomed already, double so if you like it. Union Square Spark-Plug burn-rate countdown ahoy. Honestly, giving a social reject code-kid drop-out bags of money and going ‘Boy Wonder Uber Wunderkind’ is sooo dumb-press 1997.

  3. But see, they change the world precisely because they don’t listen to you.

    As for the mish-mash mash-up whatnot Hungarian ‘Web 2 point Zero’ casserole pre-fab spamhausish blog maker blah blah that is “Tumblr”, it’s doomed already, double so if you like it. Union Square Spark-Plug burn-rate countdown ahoy. Honestly, giving a social reject code-kid drop-out bags of money and going ‘Boy Wonder Uber Wunderkind’ is sooo dumb-press 1997.

  4. marco,

    don’t let scoble’s praise go to your head. he has said very similar things regarding just about every lead developer working for a social media site in the last five years. he’ll change his mind when he finds that tumblr has a 10,000 connection limit, or changes the background to some color he dislikes, or some such thing.

    your initial impressions were spot on.

  5. marco,

    don’t let scoble’s praise go to your head. he has said very similar things regarding just about every lead developer working for a social media site in the last five years. he’ll change his mind when he finds that tumblr has a 10,000 connection limit, or changes the background to some color he dislikes, or some such thing.

    your initial impressions were spot on.

  6. Robert, if you need me to come over there to go visit them with you like we did Twitter, I’m all game. :-) (did I mention that was one of the highlights of my life?)

  7. Robert, if you need me to come over there to go visit them with you like we did Twitter, I’m all game. :-) (did I mention that was one of the highlights of my life?)

  8. “It’s like RAIN on your wedding day ….”
    THE reason to listen to scoble: cuz he writes about kewl stuff even against the grain.
    _I_ read scoble and so do MANY others – which is another reason why I appreciate his work.

  9. “It’s like RAIN on your wedding day ….”
    THE reason to listen to scoble: cuz he writes about kewl stuff even against the grain.
    _I_ read scoble and so do MANY others – which is another reason why I appreciate his work.

  10. @Brian Wilson I agree about the dialogue as it’s a million miles from automated and heartless responses. There is meaning, passion, opinion and that for me speaks volumes!

  11. @Brian Wilson I agree about the dialogue as it’s a million miles from automated and heartless responses. There is meaning, passion, opinion and that for me speaks volumes!

  12. Does anyone have any idea how much hardcore porn is in tumblr and how much traffic it drives to the site? There is A LOT of it and their re-blogging feature causes it to multiply within the site like over-active bunnies. I have no idea how much traffic it creates, but I’m guessing it’s not insignificant. But one thing’s for sure — there are no “are you 18 or over” questions when you come across it so if you have kids, you might want to block the domain.

  13. Does anyone have any idea how much hardcore porn is in tumblr and how much traffic it drives to the site? There is A LOT of it and their re-blogging feature causes it to multiply within the site like over-active bunnies. I have no idea how much traffic it creates, but I’m guessing it’s not insignificant. But one thing’s for sure — there are no “are you 18 or over” questions when you come across it so if you have kids, you might want to block the domain.

  14. I kinda like this new social media stuff. It’s a lot more fun and entertaining than just reading the paper or TV. There’s actually a dialogue going on, and even if it isn’t verbal or auditory per se, it’s a great dialogue. Keep up the good work Scoble, and if Tumblr asks tell them this post alone got them page views they would have never received–whether or not your opinion about them was positive or negative.

  15. I kinda like this new social media stuff. It’s a lot more fun and entertaining than just reading the paper or TV. There’s actually a dialogue going on, and even if it isn’t verbal or auditory per se, it’s a great dialogue. Keep up the good work Scoble, and if Tumblr asks tell them this post alone got them page views they would have never received–whether or not your opinion about them was positive or negative.

  16. Just file away that handy phrase “I told you so” – and when you get the opportunity to use it, don’t use it – we’ll all remember what you said anyway ;-)

  17. Just file away that handy phrase “I told you so” – and when you get the opportunity to use it, don’t use it – we’ll all remember what you said anyway ;-)

  18. Thanks Robert, My tumblog sucks because I had no idea what to do with it. I will have to look again but sometimes it takes no forms a while to become useful to the individual. Look at Twitter, for a year I, and many others I am sure, had no idea what to do with Twitter and just “didn’t get twitter”, and don’t even get me started on Friendfeed.

    In normal avenues blogs and even messageboards and forums are a lot easier of a form to understand and use to interact with the masses that are interested in the same topics.

  19. Thanks Robert, My tumblog sucks because I had no idea what to do with it. I will have to look again but sometimes it takes no forms a while to become useful to the individual. Look at Twitter, for a year I, and many others I am sure, had no idea what to do with Twitter and just “didn’t get twitter”, and don’t even get me started on Friendfeed.

    In normal avenues blogs and even messageboards and forums are a lot easier of a form to understand and use to interact with the masses that are interested in the same topics.

  20. Where you REALLY going to write those things, or where you just joking? :-?

    If you really want to feel good, read this!

    valleywag.com/380182/tumblr-security-breakdown-leaves-scenesters-exposed-for-40-minutes

  21. Where you REALLY going to write those things, or where you just joking? :-?

    If you really want to feel good, read this!

    valleywag.com/380182/tumblr-security-breakdown-leaves-scenesters-exposed-for-40-minutes

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