First off, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Nic Williams‘ wicked Tumblr Syntax Highlighting hack. Nic, you’re our hero!
We’ve been happily surprised to find that one of the most requested feature additions is a Tumblr API. So in the spirit of being an open-platform (and because, frankly, we can’t wait to see what you guys do with it) we’re rapidly rolling out a simple-but-robust API (Application Programming Interface).
This will be implemented over standard HTTP requests, so just about any application that can connect to the web can interface with Tumblr.
We’re only launching the Read API today as we continue to test and polish the Write API. Look for an update and, hopefully, the live Write API early next week.
Please check out the Tumblr API documentation, and let us know what you’re building (or thinking about building) on top of Tumblr.
The new theme, “Litewire“, went up yesterday. Waddaya think? We’ve also been tinkering with some designs that veer far from the single column blog layout we’re all used to. The tumblelog form is so interesting – we really want to accentuate its uniqueness.
On that note — we’re getting ready to start soliciting theme submissions. We’ve already received some interest from some terrifically talented people, and we’re just about ready to set up a formal (and public) submission process. If you’re interested, or you have any thoughts on this process, please drop us a comment.
Dynamic Quote sizes
A few users noticed something cool project.ioni.st has been doing with their Quote posts. Depending on how long (or short) a quote is, the size of the font changes to display it nicely.
Totally cool. And something really unique to this format. So — as of today, depending on the length of your Quote, Tumblr now wraps the text in either:
- <span class=”short”>…</span>
- <span class=”medium”>…</span>
- <span class=”long”>…</span>
This will let you use CSS to adjust the font size between Quotes of different lengths. You can see this in action in the new “Litewire” theme. If you integrate this into your custom theme, please drop a link in the comments.
Now previewing: Radar
The biggest hole in Tumblr at the moment is the inability to discover any of the incredible tumblelogs people are creating. There are a ton of ideas we’re incubating, and all sorts of things we want to do to spotlight the brilliant things people do with Tumblr.
One of our favorites (and one that’s hardly perfected yet) is called “Radar“. It grabs snippets of every post that goes up on Tumblr and drops it on one page for easy scanning.
As an early preview to our blog readers, you can now check out Radar at http://tumblr.com/radar.
This is barely tested cross-browser, and is only known to work in Firefox, Safari, and IE7. Please use your discretion in using this tool, as we have no content filtering in place.
Note: Radar will only feature posts by users that have “Promote me in the Tumblr directory” checked off on their Settings page.
- We’ve started tinkering with our Mobile Upload processing. We’re getting closer to ignoring all the junk text that cell carriers attach to messages. This should start to prevent mobile posts from using default text in captions.
- We think we’ve figured out Sprint, and will hopefully be accepting Sprint messages soon.
- Text SMS is in the works.
- Welcome Sarah Lane to Tumblr! (I’m a big fan =p)
Have a nice weekend, everyone!