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Aug 27, 2008

Tumblr Helps You Find Wacky Photos Faster, Meet Your Neighbors

Tumblr Helps You Find Wacky Photos Faster, Meet Your Neighbors

NYC-based "microblogging" service Tumblr just rolled out a new version of its site this week. Included in the update: A new design for the back-end "dashboard," where users prepare Tumblr posts and read others' tumblelogs, and a basic search function.

But it's also just rolled out a handful of new discovery tools, which both Tumblr users and Tumblr window shoppers can use to find interesting/neat tumblelogs worth looking at.

The new "explore" features include displaying Tumblrs by the music they embed in their posts, the color of photos they've recently posted, and our two favorites: A focus on popular, often wacky photos (above), and the "Tumblverse," a Google Maps-powered display of Tumblelogs near us (screenshot below). A great way to figure out how weird our neighbors are before meeting them. (And a reminder of how popular the service is in Manhattan and Brooklyn.)

We're still waiting for Tumblr to start rolling out "pro" features -- its first revenue stream.

Introducing Tumblr Explore

The home page at Tumblr has evolved several times since the company was formed less than a year ago.

It started as a page with the basic info on what a tumblelog is and then asks for email and password and then presto - you have your own site.

The home page then evolved to include a number of new things like Tumblr Radar which are the most interesting & popular things amongst the hundred of thousands of Tumblr powered sites and it included various groups like - Staff Picks, Music, Art & Artists, Sweet Themes, etc.

Tumblr just released a new home and I absolutely love it.

For the person that isn’t a Tumblr user yet, the information is very clear on what Tumblr is and how to get started. Clean and straightforward.

But the coolest thing they launched is a new thing called Explore.

Tumblr Explore shows off the latest posts or you can navigate by color. Stunning...

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