my name is benny. find out more at bwong.net.
cofounder and builder of timehop.
wrote the iPhone app for Exit Strategy NYC.
Narwhals are my favorite. Bold little bastards
With all of the Yahoo-Tumblr reporting still going on right now it surprises me how many writers still mistake Tumblr for a “blogging platform.”
Anyone who has spent significant time on Tumblr knows that this whole “blog” thing is a front.
70% of a given blog’s post traffic actually happens in the Dashboard. For some blogs, that percentage is even higher.
This makes things like ranking a Tumblr blog’s popularity through site traffic fairly dubious.
It also means that the value of Tumblr isn’t just in the original posts but the amplification of ideas through reblogs and the like.
This becomes apparent when you dive into Union Metrics for Tumblr and break down any given post’s reblog tree:
The network is larger than the utility.
Here’s a hidden feature that shipped in Monday’s Tumblr for iOS update. You can now prefix a URL in Mobile Safari with
tmto easily create a link post in the Tumblr app.
If you’re into bookmarklets, you can save yourself the trouble of typing
Tumblr just announced that Yahoo is acquiring the company for $1.1BN.
I am in awe. David has unbelievable vision and fantastic execution. Huge congratulations to him and the entire team.
I don’t know if everyone knows the inspiration for Tumblr or not. David was very transparent about what…
Huge, huge congratulations to David and the whole tumblr team! It’s amazing what they have achieved and looking forward to what Yahoo! can enable them to do.
One year ago, I convinced Esther Park that she should take the offer to do YCombinator.
Two years ago, I backed an awesome kickstarter project.
Four years ago, it was my first Mets game at the new Citifield.
Five years ago, my parents backyard garden was in full bloom.
Six years ago, Laura and I had one of our first dates in Central Park.
Seven years ago, I have a picture of an ex-GF – whoops!
Timehop continues to unexpectedly delight me – and its only gotten better with having the photos that never made it to Facebook or Instagram.
Oh and some other people seem to like it too!
(Sorry for any typos or broken links – written on my phone)
The spire for the top of One World Trade Center was hoisted into place at the top of the building in New York Friday, bringing the building to a symbolic 1,776 feet above ground. (Photo: Gary He / EPA via The Wall Street Journal)
I’ve been absolutely loving seeing this building stick out above the skyline.
Before September 11th, you could see the twin towers piercing the sky. Everyday, from the BQE on the commute to school, I saw the towers make a great skyline into a breathtaking one. For me, it’s what made NYC NYC.
I saw the freedom tower the other day from all the way out in Canarsie on the way to JFK and couldn’t help but smile and have my breath taken away.