Tumblr is Down

*UPDATE 3* Nothing from Tumblr’s Twitter Account, but the sites appear to be up and stable.

*UPDATE 2* Tumblr’s Twitter Account:

“A faulty network switch is causing severe performance issues. We’re working with our datacenter to get it replaced as quickly as possible.”

*UPDATE* Approximately 40 minutes after going down, Tumblr posted the message below on their sites. In most situations, planned outages or “changes in infrastructure” will be announced and the “Be Back Soon” message would be posted immediately.

Just when they were starting to turn some heads and draw attention from masses of people and bigger companies, Tumblr went down.

Since around 2:15 am Pacific, all blogs hosted on the site went down and as of the time of this post are still down. Their backend user interface and staff blog is also down. There has been no word yet from the company Twitter account.

Tumblr has emerged as a rising star in social media offering more functionality than Twitter, an easier and more convenient posting method than blog platforms such as WordPress, and a community element similar to Vox and Ning. Other social media sites have survived extended downtimes (Twitter is notorious for downtime) but it will be interesting to see if there is any backlash with many active Tumblr users moving the bulk of their online communications and content to their “Tumblelog”.

JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

16 thoughts on “Tumblr is Down

  1. Drives me crazy – I switched from blogger because of the interface and twitter and facebook integration, but it’s horrible for seo and the sites have been down now for hours 3 days in a row.

    My blogger account with 1 post pointing to the tumblr blog gets more traffic than the tumblr blog gets on the exact tumblr address!!
    I want to like it, but tumblr makes it hard.

  2. tumblr?: A faulty network switch is causing severe performance issues. We’re working with our datacenter to get it replaced as quickly as possible.

  3. Tumblr posted this Twitter update a half hour ago:

    “A faulty network switch is causing severe performance issues. We’re working with our datacenter to get it replaced as quickly as possible. “32 minutes ago via web

  4. mine’s not working at all! i tried loading it on my ipod touch and that was impossible, so now i’m at the library. oh, well. and i have a ton of new pictures, too!
    fuckyeahwanderlust.tumblr.com, if it ever starts working again.

  5. I actually just opened an account unaware of the service being down. Signup worked but I cannot login to the service using my Ping.fm account, only locally on the site.

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