It's for Tumblr (you). It's from Tumblr (us). It's Post+.
Imagine this. You continue to share your work with your community of followers. But there are followers and f o l l o w e r s, right? You've known some of them for years. They've been with you through several seasons/rebrands/iterations of your blog (and your ~self~). Hell, they even know your real name!
Well, we're excited to tell you that if you're in the US, you can now offer those fans a little more. Diehard fans and new audiences across the globe can support your supreme creations for as little as $1.99—right from the comfort of their dash. This means more jokes, more marine biology memes, more (sporadic) sticker stock updates. Mash up all the media in one place with flexible and easy-to-use tools—image, music, text? Our post editor has 'em all. And there's no minimum follower count or posting quotas to meet—if you make stuff people like, you're in. TL;DR: We’re opening up Post+ beta to blog owners in the US today (and to the rest of the planet soon. Promise!).
Now, your unique GIF-illustration-poem-shitposts are earning you actual $$$. You start working that coffee shop job a little less. You design more bonsai tree stickers. Your fans love it. You love it. Imagine it.
For fans: Wherever you are in the world, support your favorite US creators on Tumblr from the comfort of, well, Tumblr. That's right, get your favorite content first. Or more of it. Or simply a little somethin' more deeply tailored to your tastes.
For improvements: Post+ is still in beta, which means it's still evolving to suit your needs. Some improvements we've made based on your feedback:
We love hearing from you, and the best way for us to know what you want is for you to tell us about it, so please keep telling us ^-^ Over on WIP. Or via a support ticket. And come check out these FAQs, or find out How to Get Started.
You may have noticed I just deleted two posts at the request of the original poster. If you caught those posts let me summarize why.
There’s an issue with Post+, as it exists right now, that would render the original paywall useless by stealing/screenshooting/copying/reposting the original post. Which is stealing and even though we all hate Post+, it isn’t something we want to encourage. We don’t steal/repost from content creators, especially the small content creators that use tumblr. Don’t punish the creator even if they are using Post+.
all jokes aside, it makes me very sad how literally the entire internet, especially social media, has just become more and more unapologetic in trying to wring as much money out of you as possible. can’t go on youtube without being bombarded by youtube red ads promising that if you just give them money, they’ll block the pesky ads who are also begging for your money. can’t stream a movie without searching for it on each of the dozens and dozens of streaming platforms. all demanding individual subscriptions for their tiny share of the world’s movies that used to just all be on netflix. every news site counting down your free three articles, all the while begging you to turn your adblock off. click off instagram’s stupid shopping tab, and the first post on your timeline is with #ad. and of course, now, tumblr’s adding post plus. i hate it!! hate getting advertised at everywhere i go. hate that social media’s not even supposed to be social anymore, just another thing to monetize. i’m so sick of it!!! can’t escape it ever!!! give us 9.99 per month for exclusive fucking content!! fuck!!
I click through a “prev tags” chain becoming more and more curious with each click. I get to the end & am devastated to discover I have to pay $4.99 to view the tags being prev’d. I’ve come so far. I can’t resist. I pay the toll. the tags read #this is dean and cas
Sending death threats to users testing the post+ feature? Unfollow me. It’s not uncommon for people in the LGBTQ+ community to receive death threats. If any of my followers stoop so low as to send one out themselves, unfollow this blog. What the fuck are you doing? Voice your concerns about this new feature in a healthy and civilized way, so this feature can either be discontinued or improved upon.
It’s one thing to charge people for stupid shitposts, but Tumblr knows that gifs are one of their major attractions, they have a search feature specifically for it! How in the absolute fuck do you not see that letting people charge for the most popular posts--many of which are going to be, for example, gifs of Disney movies--is a one way ticket to the Mouse bringing out the lawsuit hammer en masse? And that it is entirely possible that it wouldn’t just be the Post Plus users, but that the entire site would be under fire for using a site that charges money to use their movies without paying any royalties or getting permission for it? Literally, how do you not see that as a nightmare that you’re bringing on yourself, tumblr?
so i go to the staff blog and i’m like, “can we please fix the search function that’s been broken since this website existed?” and they go “no, we’re testing ‘new’ features from 10 years ago”
and i go “okay…” and i go to the bathroom and take a computer break. i come back and check my dashboard and tumblr staff says, “oh yeah we changed your entire dash layout and nothing makes sense and your content won’t get notes anymore. now go fill out this survey that we won’t read”
so i go and i fill out the survey and i ask them to improve the website and they go “no thanks!”. and i go “okay….” and they go “you’re an entitled little blog aren’t you” and i go “nooo…” and they go “SAY IT” and then my blog gets shadowbanned for nsfw i didn’t post
and then i go to the tumblr help section, which is an oxymoron, and i go “can we please at least get a decent loading feature and a way to see posts from old urls” and they go “NO! in fact, we’ve just made our fan site monetized and set it up so that innocent users can get thousands of lawsuits!”
and then my dash crashes and won’t reload and i go “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME” and i pay $5 to see the message from staff behind a paywall and all they say is “because we’re a hellsite, and life is a fucking nightmare!”