Sometimes viewed as the half-breed of blogging platforms, Tumblr is probably considered by most blogging experts as a cross between micro blogging and a full featured service (like Blogger, WordPress, etc.).
Despite the odd spelling and a semi decent commenting feature, Tumblr has somehow surpassed Typepad globally (at least according to Quantcast and Google Trends, the latter pictured to the right), which may explain why Typepad launched their own micro blogging service last year.
Tumblr still trails Typepad in the US according to Compete.com , although it may only be a matter of time before Tumblr displaces Typepad as the preferred blogging platform in America as well.
Why is Typepad losing to Tumblr?
The easiest answer as to why Typepad is losing ground to Tumblr could be explained as “simple economics.”
Typepad could also be losing users (and traffic) on the mobile front, especially in the realm of smart phones.
Although Typepad was one of the first blogging platforms to embrace the iPhone and Blackberry devices, their respective apps pale in comparison to Tumblr’s iPhone and Blackberry Apps, both which support video blogging.
Should Typepad be worried?
If Six Apart (who owns Typepad) is concerned more about revenue than popularity, then the short answer for now is no.
However unless Typepad desires to exist in the shadows of main stream blogging platforms, they need to find a way to thwart Tumblr’s rise and make themselves relevant again (and no, copying Tumblr does not count).
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then).
When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.