Mindy McAdams said:
Tumblr is not a replacement for a traditional blog, and it’s not a substitute for Twitter. Tumblr is something else — part bookmarking tool, part FriendFeed, part scrapbook, part serendipitous newsfeed.
For an excellent, lavishly illustrated guide to getting started, see Smashing Magazine’s Complete Guide to Tumblr (July 2010). Just this month, Tumblr made a few changes to its dashboard (your central base for using Tumblr) — for me, these changes were welcome improvements (but not all Tumblr users were happy).
If you haven’t yet given Tumblr a try — or if you looked once and then left — take a few minutes now to check it out.
- Explore tags on Tumblr. Try, for example, the tag Libya.
- Construct a search term with plus signs. For example, search for posts containing the phrase Committee to Protect Journalists like this: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/committee+to+protect+journalists (it does not search only for tags — it searches full text).
- Sign up for Tumblr (read this first — IMPORTANT)* and choose a few carefully selected sources to follow. Then browse the posts on your dashboard once a day for three days in a row. You might find it addicting! (See the link list at the bottom of this post for news organizations on Tumblr.)
- Read the transcript of a recent Poynter chat with with Matthew Keys, an online producer at a TV station in the San Francisco Bay area. Keys offers some great tips for how journalists can use Tumblr effectively.
- Read this list of five reasons why Tumblr won over someone who initially disliked it.