Episode 384: A Much Bigger Megaphone

Manton and Daniel react to news that Automattic is acquiring Tumblr. They talk about the potential pros and cons for Tumblr and Automattic, as well as for Micro.blog and MarsEdit. They talk about Matt Mullenweg’s optimism about the future of the open web, and the turning tide back towards blogging. Finally, they wonder whether Tumblr will have as much of an impact on Automattic as Automattic has on it.

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  • Automattic + Tumblr – Matt Mullenweg announces the acquisition on his Tumblr blog.
  • Vergecast: Matt Mullenweg – Interview with Matt about his plans for Tumblr after the acquisition.
  • Extremely Interested – In the wake of leaks that Verizon was seeking a buyer for Tumblr, PornHub was apparently one of the interested parties.
  • Tumblr and… App.net – Manton’s initial response to the Tumblr acquisition.
  • Distributed – A podcast about the “future of work” by Matt Mullenweg.
  • Webmention – A web standard for mentions and conversations across the web.

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August 15, 2019 at 10:59 am.