Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Social Media

Tumblr adds @ mentions: better late than never

(Social Media) Yahoo-owned Tumblr has added @ mentions to their platform, finally allowing users to network effectively on the blogging service.

tumblr

tumblr

Tumblr gets more internetty with @ mentions

Established by Twitter years ago, the @ mention has gone mainstream, with versions of mentions appearing on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and elsewhere. Now, microblogging platform, Tumblr has joined in on the fun and is adding Twitter-esque mentions.

bar
The Yahoo-owned platform will now allow users to type the “@” symbol, followed by another user, which will become a clickable link leading to that user while alerting them. Tumblr is nearly seven years old, so it is a good sign that they are making efforts to stay ahead of the game (or umm, catch up).

During use, a dropdown menu offers options of users to tag while you type in more letters in their name, just as Twitter does, and it works even if you are not following the Tumblr account you are tagging in a post.

The new feature is currently limited to desktop use, as the mobile Tubmlr iOS and Android apps do not allow tagging of other users at this time. When attempted, all we saw was an “@” symbol, but no names would generate, and others cite the same issue thus far. The company says they will add mentions to their mobile apps in the future, but no date has been offered as of yet.

Why this even matters

Tumblr is an extremely active social network, with 166 million users that are posting, reblogging, and liking posts every day, via mobile and desktop, and it is still growing.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

It is extremely important for the site’s survival to allow users to better connect with one another – reblogging just doesn’t cut it. In order to be a community, the basic social networking behaviors must be observed by the provider (Tumblr in this case), so this is a huge win not only for the longevity of the platform, but for users that have learned elsewhere how to network effectively and have wanted to on Tumblr for years.

Written By

Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Tech News

Creeping, stalking, checking...whatever you call it, we all do it. Here's how to look at a LinkedIn profile privately.

Social Media

Social media censorship has been a hot topic across the board, but now the federal court upholds free speech rights in TX by law.

Social Media

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media has evolved from being only community-oriented to career-oriented. See how users are getting jobs by being creative.

Business News

Maybe this won't come as a surprise, but the statistics sure are telling- having depression and social media usage are linked.

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.