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 …

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  1. nuked
    Facepalm

    Did that gif remind anyone else of myspace?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yep...

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

    2. Miek
      Linux

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

    3. Tibbs
      Facepalm

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

  2. Not That Andrew

    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.

    1. Wayland Sothcott 1 Bronze badge

      Old hat

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

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Facepalm

    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.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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?

  4. Code Monkey
    Unhappy

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

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    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.

    1. Natalie Gritpants

      Re: When women get power .....

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

  6. wowfood

    But how?

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

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: But how?

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

      Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

  7. Mr Spock

    OMG

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

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: OMG

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

    2. Mr Spock

      Re: OMG

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

      But nice to see she reads El Reg!

  8. Professor Oak
    Thumb Down

    Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

    1. gazthejourno (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

      Welcome to El Reg, enjoy your stay.

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

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        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.

        1. Hig Hurtenflurst
          Thumb Up

          Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

      2. Wayland Sothcott 1 Bronze badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

    3. Hieronymus Howerd

      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.

    4. Nate Amsden Silver badge

      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.

      1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

        Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

        Yahoo! Started! It!

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

    6. Euripides Pants Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

    7. Wayland Sothcott 1 Bronze badge

      Re: Lame! Yahoo! Headlines!

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

  9. Florida1920 Silver badge
    Pint

    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....

  10. Greg J Preece

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

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Agreed

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

      1. Not That Andrew

        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.

      2. Katie Saucey
        Childcatcher

        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.

  11. Mage Silver badge
    Flame

    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

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yahoo! has a square taint?

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

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

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

  14. harmjschoonhoven
    Go

    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.

  15. TeeCee Gold badge
    WTF?

    Animated GIFs?

    How quaint.

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