How to use Tumblr

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Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking site that has been around since 2006. Compared to other microblogging sites like Twitter  and Plurk, Tumblr does not limit posts to 140 characters, which makes it a big internet favourite.  Learning how to use tumblr is really simple and can be really fun.

1. Go to www.tumblr.com and register for an account.

  • Choose a username which will also be your display name and a part of your URL
  • Your username can be changed in your blog settings.
  • Choose a strong password that is easy for you to remember.

2. Orient yourself with the 7 different types of posts.

  • Text  – contains plain text although hyperlinks, images, videos and html widgets can be added too
  • Photo – images accompanied by a short description
  • Quote – title text (or the quote) and one line of body text that tells where the quote is from
  • Link – descriptive text linked to a website
  • Chat – shares a short conversation
  • Audio – one .mp3 file of a music track or podcast which is playable using Flash music player.
  • Video – embedded video that can be uploaded from the computer or from websites such as Vimeo and YouTube.

3. Create your post.

  • Choose the kind of post that you want to put up.
  • Write or arrange your post
  • Click on the button that you want to use:

-post –puts the content up in real time

-draft – save your blog entry for editing and posting later

-queue – posts the blog entry even when you are offline. You get to set the time or interval for publishing posts

4. Follow people and get your own followers.

  • Followers are subscribers to your blog. Your posts will appear on their dashboard.
  • Followers can like and reblog your posts and interact with you more.
  • Clicking on the follow button allows you to subscribe to a tumblr account.

5. Interact with the tumblr community.

  • Like – clicking on the heart symbol is the way of liking a post
  • Reblog – if you find that a post is relevant or you like it a lot, reblogging is the way to go. The arrows next to the heart are for reblogging.
  • Messages – if your ask box is accessible to other tumblr users, you can receive questions from anyone in the tumblr community and anonymous visitors as well.
  • Comment – commenting on a certain post can be text or photos

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