This is a rather nifty extension devised by the lovely rakuli. And guess what? It neither eats your messages, nor loses them in the ether, nor treats them as spam. Simple.
TumblrMSG is the new way to communicate between Tumblr accounts. Use it to ask questions, have conversations (with one or many) and remove strains that the ask box place on Tumblr.
Currently, 600 Tumblr users have begun using Tumblr messages for their communication.
I am thinking about checking this out, but I would like Jeremy to put in his two cents as he is the person I go to for all my tumblr apps.
It looks like a neat enough idea. Basically, it is just an external messaging system that uses your Tumblr login for authorization and message attribution.
As far as I can tell, the messages sent through TumblrMSG are not stored or linked on Tumblr at all (except via the fact that you logged in). You won’t be able to publish messages you are sent there to your Tumblr (at least not the way you can with asks). It is basically just a messaging service that is separate from Tumblr. In addition, only people who have already signed up for TumblrMSG can exchange messages through it. If the recipient doesn’t have it, then the message just sits, languidly, until they do sign up.
The downsides are numerous, but the upside is that you can send private messages to other Tumblrs who have signed up without worrying about the askbox limit. It is basically like being able to email other Tumblrs without actually needing email addresses to be shared.
That being said, it would have to be widely-used to be useful. In addition, you’ll probably find that you’ll get messages there that you’d itch to post here, that you won’t be able to without copying and pasting.
Think of it like the way Twitpic used to be. It used to be that images uploaded to Twitpic were associated with your Twitter account. Except, your twitter account knew nothing about it. To share the photo on Twitter, you’d just tweet with a link to it. Now that Twitter has embedded photos from these photo sharing services, the analogy no longer works. I also don’t see Tumblr jumping on doing similar kinds of integration.
I don’t think it is interesting, personally, unless it becomes ubiquitous. YMMV.
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