Tumblr’s editor-in-chief Chris Mohney tells Fast Company that they’re keeping quiet on the details of the editorial blog and the #Storyboard tag until next month when the editorial arm gets a more official launch. At that time, we’ll know more about whether Tumblr is merely dipping its toes in the waters of content creation, or if it’s aiming to become the latest experiment in what a 21st century news/media site looks like, in the tradition of Facebook, Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. Either way, the future looks bright for consumers who like their hard-hitting journalism and their cat GIFs on the same page.
“When asked about revenue, Karp noted that whilst the company could immediately run Google Ads on its pages, the team is looking to experiment with ways to boost revenue, especially now the service is more than 5 years old. He says that over the next couple of years, the company will experiment with novel approaches to revenue, coming up with a revenue stream that is “really beneficial to the community”.”
Tumblr now serving 120m people, 15 billion pageviews a month, from TNW
“In a recent jobs posting, Tumblr advertised for in-house editorial staff who would be responsible for both creating original content and promoting interesting blog posts created by the service’s massive user base. The advertisement, which called for staff to help “tell the stories of the millions of creative Tumblr users to the world,” was later taken offline. Tumblr’s Mark Coatney tells Fast Company that while “80 to 90% of Tumblr’s new hires will be developers,” paid editors would be used to help cherrypick interesting content and develop original stories.”
“We wanted to create a simple, elegant LMS that covers 95% of instructors’ needs, like grading, file management, calendaring, submitting assignments, and emailing with the class," says Joseph Cohen, 20, who left Wharton after his sophomore year when he scored $1 million in seed funding this past June to start Coursekit. "Blackboard covers 100%— that’s why it’s such a cluttered platform.”
Today, the startup Flavors.me takes another swipe at the over-sharing problem, launching a new version of the service aimed at tackling our social media A.D.D. Founder Jonathan Marcus says he wants Flavors to become a “catch-all” for social content, a stream designed to aggregate fragmented social services. “I want a website that lets the content really shine,” he says. “I want a website that showcases me and those close to me in a visual way, and change how social content is presented.”
You might think of Bit.ly simply as a service that shortens links for your Twitter feed. But to Hilary Mason, the company’s chief scientist, Bit.ly is building a fresh new way to know what’s going on in the world.
Check out this video to learn more about Bit.ly’s mission and what inspires Mason to keep innovating.
Have you ever wondered how Tumblr was born? Wonder no more! We just uploaded some fresh footage to our “Make Your Move” series on innovative entrepreneurs. Let the founder of Tumblr, David Karp tell you himself how it all came together, what inspires him, and what’s next for Tumblr.