Now that calm has been returned to the blogosphere, after Tumblr’s recent six-hour outage, we thought this would be a good time to take a peek at some of the most popular sites on the microblogging-slash-social networking site.
Sitting somewhere at the intersection of Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, the five-and-a-half year old site currently boasts 79-million blogs and almost 35-billion posts. At time of writing, 9.5 million posts had been published on this day alone.
Towards the end of the last year, Tumblr received US$85-million in funding from existing investors and new investors, which include Richard Branson.
Tumblr.com has a global Alexa ranking of 36 — in other words it is the 36th most popular website in the world — and a US ranking of 19. It was also home to Barack Obama’s first online presence as well as the source of memes including “We are the 99%”, which became a slogan for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
So how does one go about highlighting the most popular Tumblr sites with almost 80-million of the things in existence? You turn to the internet, naturally. And if that doesn’t work, you crowdsource — so if this list is missing any of your favourites, let us know in the comments.