Tumblr Features

Most likely due to rapid growth and adoption, Tumblr leaves alot of its feature docmuentation hard to find, or not fully fleshed out.

Here is what I have found so far.

tumblr dot features at gmail dot com

Apr 24
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Feature Request (TumbleStats!)

I would love to see some tumblr statistics.

Charting the number of Tumblelogs over time allows you to monitor the adoption rate of the service.

Charting the number of posts per day/hour would be fun. Charting the number of posts per blog per day/hour would aide in showing how many are set up and maintained, and how many users are just creating accounts to have them.

Post distribution both internally on the tumblelog and globally would be pretty neat. A pie chart (or other chart, i dont care) displaying the percentages of photo versus video versus quote, etc. would be awesome.

Pageviews!  Can we know how many hits our page has seen?

linkbacks?  thats too much 

Apr 23
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Uploading images to use in themes

Currently, Tumblr will display all images you upload to it. This is pesky if you want to upload an image to be used as a background, or as part of a theme.

You dont want “layout-critical” images displayed in your stream of content.

Currently, my way around this is:

  1. Upload the file like a normal photo
  2. View the file via Tumblr like a normal photo
  3. Right-Click and “Copy Image Location” - Put this in notepad.
  4. Click on the “Add/Edit my posts” link in the upper right.
  5. Delete the post containing the thematic element.
    1. I have not noticed any garbage collection routines that clear out uploaded images after they are deleted.  This may be implemented later.
  6. Click “Change Settings” to edit your theme.
  7. Use the URL from notepad where you would like to use your image within the theme editor.
Note: Based on Tumblr’s image resize, you will be limited to an image width of 500px unless you specify the width differently in the IMG tag.
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Uploading Media

When you upload media, Tumblr resizes it automatically into several discrete sizes - see below:

  • {Video-500} Embed-code for the content of a Video post. 500-pixels wide.
  • {Video-400} Embed-code for the content of a Video post. 400-pixels wide.
  • {Video-250} Embed-code for the content of a Video post. 250-pixels wide.
  • {PhotoURL-500} URL for the photo of a Photo post. No more than 500-pixels wide.
  • {PhotoURL-400}URL for the photo of a Photo post. No more than 400-pixels wide.
  • {PhotoURL-250} URL for the photo of a Photo post. No more than 250-pixels wide.
  • {PhotoURL-100} URL for the photo of a Photo post. No more than 100-pixels wide.
  • {PhotoURL-75sq} URL for a square version the photo of a Photo post. 75-pixels by 75-pixels.

The original file is discarded as far as I can tell. If you need a larger image, you must specify the custom width within the tag.

Ex. IMG src=”path/to/image” width=”692”

Note - your image may be subject to re-scaling degradation.

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Tumblr Themes

Available Variables within Tumblr Themes