Just started using Tumblr a couple weeks ago. I haven’t found out how it can benefit my life yet. Still used to post blogs on WordPress.com.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Yahoo-owned Tumblr has today addressed one of the more frustrating aspects of using its service via its mobile applications. No, not the problem where GIFs wouldn’t actually animate – they already fixed that! But rather, it was difficult to find any particular, popular blog using the Tumblr app, which previously only allowed users to search by tag or browse through a “Discovery” section where you could delve into trending tags like #celebs, #food, or #prose, for example.
Today, however, both Tumblr’s iOS and Android applications have been updated with a new search and discovery feature which lets you not only type in keywords to surface both tags and blogs, but also features scrollable sections where you can browse those that are currently trending across the network.
The implementation is actually well done. At the top of the new discovery section of the app (tap the magnifying glass icon to get to this screen), there are smaller thumbnails overlaid with the name of the tag they represent. You can flip through these horizontally, in a Cover Flow like-manner, to see the 10 or so most popular tags on Tumblr. What’s more, even though the thumbnails are small, they may still display animated GIFs or offer a play button that, when tapped, launches you directly into a section that features a video making the rounds on Tumblr (like the Grand Theft Auto V gameplay video that is featured this morning).