Early this morning Yahoo announced it would be acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash – roughly a quarter of the purchase price Disney put up for Lucasfilm – and promised to “not screw it up.” Naturally, there were some long-time users who were skeptical of the deal and decided to express their feelings. On Tumblr.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in an apropos move, announced the deal on her own Tumblr with a post titled “Tumblr. + Yahoo! = !!” and a GIF of the “keep calm and carry on” meme, which naturally was the Tumblr community’s cue to panic and freak out. No sooner had the deal been announced than users from the site’s 100-plus-million blogs began to chime in with their thoughts.
“Do not distroy the fandoms. Please,” implored one user. “So Yahoo bought Tumblr, which means it’s time to pack my bags and move on,” laments another. “It’s been real good knowing you, Tumblr.” Others, naturally, posted their own response GIFs, like the Simpsons logo mashup above which was posted with the caption “Enough said.” And in the grand re-blogging tradition, a separate Tumblr has been established called Meltdowns About Yahoo Buying Tumblr to catalog the reaction posts. (Meta enough for you yet?)
A Facebook phone??
Facebook has hooked up with android and has developed a phone that will be announced on April 4th. No one knows what it looks like, or what is on it, but everyone knows it’s true, because Facebook has already sent out invites and confirmed it is running Android.
What is the point? If anyone remembers, Facebook tried this with HTC back in 2011. Of course you may not remember, because it was a fail and it looked like a crappy version of a Blackberry! Is that even possible? I thought blackberry was crappy enough! No, I totally kid, Blackberry is great…was.
I think Facebook is doing this because they are going down in the charts and becoming MySpace. Facebook has introduced so many things in the past year, like the graph, to try to gain popularity again. It isn’t working though, so they thought making a phone would be the best idea. Twitter is taking over the world, sorry Facebook!