Tumblr messaging

I got Tumblr messaging yesterday. Here are my thoughts.


I just had my first real conversation with another person on Tumblr’s new chat device – like, more than three or four lines – and I have comments

  • I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of tumblrish converesation conventions emerge for chat, and whether they spread to other chat forms.
  • I wonder if an explicit distinction between “just idly scrolling” and “here to be social” moods are going to emerge, and if they’ll tend to be respected? Like, I just reconnected with someone I hadn’t talked to in a while, and it was really cool, but I’m not in an extensively social headspace right now and I’d like to retain the option for Tumblr to be that.
  • There’s no so-and-so is typing notification. idk if that’s good or bad.
  • You can’t minimize the chat box in-window. It looks like you should be able to. And you can’t have more than one open at once. 
  • New messages were making it to my phone before they showed up on-screen. That seems like a problem. It means messages go through really slowly. I wonder if they’re going to sometimes fail to send to one device or another at all.
  • There are a few people I only have contact with through Tumblr. I’m not on facebook, so that limits my ability to retain a gradient of connections with people. I expect I will continue to not share my Tumblr with people I don’t want to follow on Tumblr, but still, this creates more steps in between “mutual follower” and “communicates outside Tumblr” that makes the gradients of friendship more mobile. I think that’s a good thing. I may be biased because my first full conversation on Tumblr chat was a manifestation of the best possible version of that.

Those are the thoughts I have right now. I’m going to go back to idly scrolling and reblogging now.