Tumblr, one of the blogplatforms filling a niche between the big ones like Blogger or WordPress, and microblogs a la Twitter, suffers from serious hiccups.
Since months, Tumblr has been failing to live up to bloggers’ expectations in a variety of ways:
- A while back, their RSS feeds did not update anymore;
- The dashboard often generates an error screen;
- Loading the blog’s home page or simply refreshing a page often fails;
- … and for three weeks now, one of the functions I used the most, importing RSS feeds, stalls.
Messages to their support generally come back with “We are aware, and our engineers are working on it”. It looks like they are suffering from serious server problems.
With the competition from the big-boy blogplatforms and from the ever more popular Posterous, I am not sure how long Tumbr will be able to survive.
If I’d be using Tumblr as a simple blogplatform, I would have moved already. I mostly use Tumblr for automated aggregation blogs like AidNews, AidBlogs, NonProfitBlogs, YouAndUsand.me, BloggingToday and TheWeirdBit. WordPress – with some additional plug-ins – offers the same aggregation functionality, in addition to WordPress’ well known versatile functionality and expandability. I will give it a couple more weeks, and if Tumblr does not pick up, I will have to move those blogs.
With this lack of performance and uptime, will Tumblr be able to live through 2011?