back to article It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

Yahoo! has "promised not to screw it up" after agreeing to acquire cat'n'porn blogging site Tumblr for about $1.1bn. The Purple Palace is sticking to a hands-off approach to try to keep its square taint off the cool vibe of GIF-heavy Tumblr and stop users abandoning it in droves. Yahoo! said the blogging site would continue as …

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Facepalm

Did that gif remind anyone else of myspace?

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Yep...

Now you've delivered a kiss of death...

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"Did that gif remind anyone else of myspace?" -- Nope, it reminded me of a seizure I had once.

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I was thinking more a Geocities Sarah Michelle Gellar fansite from 1997

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I've been thinking Tumblr must be past it, mainly because I've heard of it and I'm not exactly hip. This just confirms it.

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Old hat

My daughter talked to me about Tumblr as if everybody knew what it was.

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Get your head out of the Tumblr!

Seriously, I like to dwell on the olden times when 1 billion was hard to come by and was actually real money. You could buy nuclear submarines with that etc.

Hyperinflation is a festering decay process and apparently starts in the management offices.

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Re: Get your head out of the Tumblr!

"1 billion was hard to come by and was actually real money. You could buy nuclear submarines with that etc."

Isn't if funny how all other tech gets better and cheaper in real terms (cf pooters, tellies, phones, cars), but military kit gets more and more expensive in real terms, and at such a rate that any performance improvement is overshadowed by the cost saving measures ("Let's leave out guns an bombs, they'll be using ray guns by the time this thing reaches service") or the fact that we can't even afford one of the new shiney toys (like aircraft carriers).

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Re: Get your head out of the Tumblr!

Are you not just thinking back to the days when a billion was 1 million x 1 million and comparing it to after it's been redefined to the US standard of 1 million x 1 thousand?

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Oh dear. I quite liked Tumblr. Now I'll have to start calling it New Flickr.

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Well, at least you can enjoy a brief laugh at Yahoo's promise to keep their beak out. I reckon that should be good for, oh, a week?

And then everything that was good about Tumblr (there were some, honest) will be messed up in an attempt to spam user's screens full of crapverts.

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When women get power .....

...they invariably abuse it and fritter away.

The world is full of such analogies.

Karp had a death wish for Tumblr, I guess.

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Re: When women get power .....

Same as men really. Can't think of any exceptions.

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But how?

could Yahoo afford it? Weren't they in dire financial straits?

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Re: But how?

I dunno but have a blast from back when Acorns existed:

Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

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OMG

Mayer's GIFs demonstrate how much she completely just does not get it.

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Re: OMG

And the "NOW PANIC AND FREAK OUT" message... is that to Tumblr users or the Yahoo! Share! Holders!

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> Mayer's GIFs demonstrate how much she completely just does not get it.

But nice to see she reads El Reg!

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Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

Can we please stop with this joke? I've seen this several times in reference to Yahoo! in the last week.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

Welcome to El Reg, enjoy your stay.

Or should I say "Welcome! To! The! Register! ..."

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

And! You'll See! It! In! Every! Yahoo! Post's! Headline!

Because if something's funny once, it's funny over and over again. Repetition makes things funnier.

Repetition makes things funnier.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

They've been doing it for at least a decade. Nope, I haven't yet been amused by it even once.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

I like it myself, and have always found it amusing. Been reading el reg for at least 11-12 years now.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

Yahoo! Started! It!

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

And don't forget to complain about all sub-headings related to Facebook, too. Bitch.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

I repeat myself when under stress.

I repeat myself when under stress.

I repeat myself when under stress.

I repeat myself when under stress.

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

A reference to Big Electric Cat and Indiscipline in the comments today - is it Belew Day perchance?

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

Just! pretend! William! Shatner! is! reading! the! headline!

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

You! Mean! Can? we? please? stop? with? this? joke? Surely!

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Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

It's! Even! Funnier! Now! Someone! Is! Annoyed! By! It!

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What's in your wallet?

"Tumblr is going to Yahoo! for a price of just over a billion dollars -"

Uhm, erm... $100 million is "just over" a billion dollars?

No need to count yer change, sir. I'll just scoop it up for yer....

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The minute you said "empower creators", you fucked it up. No-one in the real world talks like that. It's corporate horseshit.

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Agreed

Enlighten me please, what exactly does Tunmblr do for a living?

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Re: Agreed

Apparently its a good place to post animated gifs (often of cats), porn and to bitch about being disempowered by cisgendered (whatever the hell that means) white males. I think it was meant to be some sort of art community, sort of Twitter for artists.

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Re: Agreed : what exactly does Tunmblr do for a living?

From what I can tell, tumblr gives free blog space to feminazis, furies and otherkin (people who believe they are animals in human bodies, basically insane). I give it 2 years tops before Yahoo takes a 999 million dollar write down.

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Pointless

Twitbook is stupid. But at least for their owners there is the Knowledge BBC and other broadcasters promote it almost every radio program, also many big companies.

Tumblr should be called "Tumbleweed". They have flushed $1B down the drain. Probably even if they got both parts of Twitbook $1B is throwing money away.

They could have done something with Geocities, they owned it and it was reasonably popular. Not sure how they could have made money out of it without annoying the users, but then that's true for Twitbook, Flickr, Tumblr reddit, etc

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Anonymous Coward

Yahoo! has a square taint?

I trust nobody's integrity was compromised in the uncovering of that snippet.

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Anonymous Coward

Someone should tell her those Keep Calm derivatives stopped being funny several years ago, ironic or not.

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Tulip mania

Tulipomania is small fish compared to trading a company with 178 employees, including the cat, for 1100000000.00 USD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulipmania

Even in capital intensive petrochemical industry investments are in general below 1 million USD per employee.

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WTF?

Animated GIFs?

How quaint.

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