Tumblr Bookmarklet, TumbleBot, and Tumblet…

Just when I was positive I had conquered everything Tumblr related and there was nothing left to write about, I was surprised again by some really cool features that I had not yet discovered. Because there is a large list of websites I visit everyday already occupying my Firefox’s bookmark-toolbar, I was excited to learn that Tumblr has a “Bookmarklet” feature. This allows me to drag the “bookmarklet” button to my bookmarks bar so that I can easily click the button to post material to my tumblelog from whatever site I may be visiting at the time. This feature is common among collage websites such as Polyvore that I have used for my tumblr, Beauty and the Badger, to create virtual collages however I had no idea Tumblr had an option similar to this one for itself. Once I dragged the “Share on tumblr” bookmark to my toolbar, I could browse the web and easily click the button to upload the link to my tumblelog without having to even open a separate tab or window for tumblr itself. A little box appears asking me if I would like to post the link with a description and once I click okay it’s uploaded!

Another cool feature very relevant to our recent discussions about copyright laws and the internet is the Feeds feature. Feeds allow you to import posts from as many as 5 sites you may use other than Tumblr but the material imported must be your own. Tumblr is extremely strict on this rule when it comes to Feeds, and an importation of content that is not your own will lead to an immediate suspension of your tumblr account. While this obviously limits the feed feature, it is Tumblr policy to protect the copyrights of others.

Tumblr takes pride in the fact that they have made posting to your tumblelog as easy as possible. While the Bookmarklet seems to be an incredibly fast way to post, Tumblr has not stopped there. For people who still use AIM (AOL instant messenger), TumblrBot can be added to a buddylist to ensure content can be posted through a simple IM and for those who have a MAC laptop, there is Tumblet Widget option. This allows you to download an easy access Tumbler Widget to your Mac’s dashboard for posts coming directly from your desktop. From iPhone, to Blackberry and even the Android, applications and computer features are always accessible for download to making posting content faster, easier and therefore more effective!!

“Flame Wars” now on Wiki!

Hey Everyone –

Since I have learned all sorts of lingo from my experiences on senior citizen chat rooms and forums, I decided it was time to add my input on the Wikipedia site! I went to the subject: chat rooms and realized that in the rules section the term “flame wars” wasn’t there.

This is a term that is used on multiple web sites “chat rules” sections and is used to describe when a person says hurtful things to someone with no other reason but to hurt their feelings. I think this is an important term to know because many people will break this rule when they participate in a website. I think flame wars are a type of bullying and it makes me feel better to know that it is being regulated on all of these sites. I think chat-rooms should be a place where people feel comfortable to be themselves and not get their feelings hurt for no reason.

I’ve never actually attempted to edit a Wikipedia page, and I was surprised to find how easy it was! All I did was copy and paste the definition from the senior-chatters page I used, and cited the source with a link back to the rules page where I found the information. It is really crazy to think that my addition will be in Wikipedia (unless someone takes it down!). I use Wikipedia all the time for information and now I have actually contributed to it! Such a great feeling 🙂