Tumblr finally improves search so you can find all content, hashtagged or not

tumblr finally improves search can find content hashtagged figwhitemensffffff

Tumblr does a lot of things right: GIFs, easy-to-use templates, viral sharing mechanics, unintrusive ads, the list goes on and on. The Yahoo acquisition has had its effects, namely in the ended tenure of some important Tumblr employees, but the platform continues to Tumblr on as a popular, engaging content engine.

One thing it’s never been able to deliver, though, was a search feature that was any good. There’d been small updates that improved search, but never anything that could really, truly find you the Tumblrlogs, communities, or specific posts you were looking for. You usually just had to get lucky.

Now, thankfully, that’s all being amended. Tumblr has announced a completely redesigned search client that should massively improve the experience. Here are the bullet points, per Tumblr:

  • You can now use multiple #tags in a single query to find all that #hello kitty #nail art. 
  • Searching for “government shutdown” now returns posts tagged #government shutdown or that mention “government shutdown.” Searching “#government shutdown” will limit the results to posts with that #tag.
  • You’ll now see related blogs in your search results. 
  • Use the new Filter menu to filter by post type!

Tumblr has also put the toggle to see NSFW content right to the search results page, so you don’t have to dive into your settings to get your sexy photo fix once you’ve gotten home and you’re not on a work computer. 

The upgrade is likely much thanks to new owner Yahoo, which has consistently been challenging Google lately as the most-used search client. Social platforms are increasingly focusing on creating better search agents so that their users don’t have to turn elsewhere to find what they’re looking for – why ever leave, we can help you with that right here! Facebook’s continued attention to Graph Search proves as much, as does Twitter relatively recent update to its search function. 

Who or whatever is responsible, it’s making search on Tumblr a much more comprehensive experience, and turning users on to consuming as much as they’re creating. We can all rest easy now knowing that searching for #cat gifs will turn up animations as well as Tumblrlogs devoted to the stuff. 

Social Media

Survey of teens says social media lets them connect with friends and get support

A survey of teenagers shows the ways that social media sites can be beneficial to them, like feeling more connected to their friends, the ability to interact with different people, and as a venue to get support when they are struggling.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Social Media

Hotel chain offers an Instagram ‘sitter’ who will post photos for you

If the pressure to post stunning Instagram photos is ruining your vacations, then how about hiring a local Instagram influencer to do the job for you while you go off and enjoy yourself? Well, such a service now exists.
Social Media

Ride the rails and share your stories with Amtrak’s new social media residency

Amtrak is looking for travel fans with a knack for telling stories on social media. The new Amtrak social media residency program wants amateur travelers to share photos, video, and written content from aboard long-distance trips.
Social Media

Hangouts isn’t being hung out to dry in 2020, Google says

According to a report, Google may shut down Google Hangouts by 2020. While Hangouts was once Google's top-tier messaging app, the app has since been neglected in favor of Android Messages.
Social Media

Tumblr bans nudity to create ‘a safe place for creative expression’

Tumblr will soon no longer allow images with adult content. The company says the change is one that's designed to help more creators feel comfortable sharing on the platform, but admits the change won't happen overnight.
Social Media

Members can share the same Story with Facebook’s new Group Stories

Facebook Group members can now view and share Group Stories. Unlike the Stories for an individual user, the new tool allows members to contribute to the same Group Story, if the feature isn't turned off by an admin.
Social Media

You can now share saved Facebook posts with a Pinterest-like collection tool

Facebook collections can now be shared with friends if you also want to allow them to contribute to the list. Facebook is rolling out an update that allows users to add a contributor to their collections, or lists of saved Facebook posts.

Broadway actor tells Kanye West to get off his phone during opening night

Theater actors can get understandably upset when they spot someone in the audience fiddling with their phone instead of watching the show. The other night that audience member was Kanye West, and he got called out for it.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.