Huh, Verizon has sold Yahoo and AOL. For half of what they paid for them…

Huh, Verizon has sold Yahoo and AOL.

Verizon sells AOL and Yahoo for about half of what it paid

For half of what they paid for them. 🤦‍♂️

To a private equity firm. 😬

Flickr and Tumblr REALLY lucked out that Verizon put in the effort to look for a photo-sharing company and a blogging company to sell them to instead of just muddling along with no idea what to do with them until they just wanted to unload them.

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Expanded on K2R: Ya-who? Flickr and Tumblr Were Lucky!
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Wow. Automattic bought Tumblr from Verizon for less than $3 million. Yahoo bought it for …

Wow. Automattic bought #Tumblr from Verizon for less than $3 million.

Verizon is selling Tumblr to WordPress’ owner

Considering Yahoo bought it for $1.1 *billion* back in the day…

Yahoo really squandered it. And Verizon, I think, just wanted to get rid of it.

At least it’s going to an actual social media company instead of another conglomerate. I was half expecting Verizon to try to monetize it into the ground and close it once everyone but the die-hard users had given up on it.

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And they seem to understand that Tumblr and WordPress are different types of sites and different types of networks, so he’s unlikely to try to merge them into a frankenblog or try to migrate people from one to the other.

Still in wait-and-see mode – after the dust settles, will they change the way ads work? will they change the ToS again? – but I’m more confident that Tumblr will still *exist* next year than I was a few months ago.

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Wow, that shoe dropped sooner than I expected. Verizon is *already* shopping around to sell Tumblr.

Wow, that shoe dropped sooner than I expected. Verizon is *already* shopping around to sell #Tumblr. I figured it would be toward the end of the year.

Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential

I backed up all of my original Tumblr content in December, and I’ve imported a few posts to my blog. And I started paring down what was left.

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As I said back in January:

“It’s clear that Verizon has even less idea what to do with Tumblr than Yahoo! did. When they finally give up trying to monetize what’s left of the user base, they’ll have no incentive to keep it going. Or to respect all the user data they’ve amassed.”

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

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Here’s hoping Tumblr finds a suitable buyer who understands what they’re getting and is willing to invest in the community, not someone who just wants to squeeze out the last few drops of monetization before sending it to join GeoCities in the great Internet Archive in the Sky.

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Expanded on K2R: Verizon is Already Trying to Sell Tumblr
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Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

Last month, Tumblr and Flickr both announced policy changes that upset a lot of users. Flickr announced that they’d be shrinking the storage offered to free accounts while adding features to paid accounts. Tumblr announced that all adult content was going to be banned, and immediately set about flagging posts and accounts. In the clumsiest way possible. With a lot of errors…

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This is promising: SmugMug has bought Flickr & plans to “maintain Flickr as a standalone community…”

This is promising: SmugMug has bought Flickr & plans to “maintain Flickr as a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers and give the long neglected service the focus and resources it deserves.” (quote from article)

Now I don’t have to worry about Verizon shutting it down!

Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service

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And the Flickr Q&A

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Nice to see Tumblr finally got back on board with Net Neutrality. They’d been awfully quiet about it after the Verizon acquisition.

Nice to see Tumblr finally got back on board with #NetNeutrality. They’d been awfully quiet about it after the Verizon acquisition.

Tumblr has an awesome post up, and will send users a notification urging them to take action for #NetNeutrality! 🚨 The internet needs you 🚨: You’re up again, Tumblr.

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Graphic showing consolidation in the US telecommunications industry

Interesting timeline.

Consolidation in the Telecommunications Industry – Graphic

AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA would cap two decades of deal making that has left the U.S. telecom industry with just a handful of major players. Today’s AT&T…

The US government broke up the AT&T monopoly in the early 1980s, leaving the original AT&T doing little more than long-distance service. NYNEX, US West, Pac Bell and the rest were all separate companies until they started buying each other up again.

Looking back at it, what I find weird is that while Pacific Telesis ended up as part of AT&T, and MCI ended up as Verizon, their wireless divisions ended up owned by the opposite companies.

Now I know why AT&T’s website couldn’t figure out whether our future address can get…

Now I know why AT&T's website couldn't figure out whether our future address can get U-Verse. The city's phone service is handled by Verizon. (And yes, FIOS is available!) You'd think someone would program it to say, “Sorry, AT&T does not service this area” instead of, “I don't recognize that address. Would you like us to research it and get back to you in 2 weeks?”

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