This is my email exchange with Tumblr staff asking about the Tumblr blog manan.tumblr.com that has one random “hey – my daz are lovely” post, dated June 27 (God knows what year). Today someone who owned pitchfork.tumblr.com was rick-rolled by Tumblr and he was told that since pitchfork.tumblr.com was dormant it was transferred to another client, in this case a company. Gee how thoughtful Tumblr.While I totally understand it’s Tumblr’s prerogative to kill accounts, transfer accounts, this is highly unprofessional since it was done without any intimation to the owner of the domain. So, fuck you Tumblr. kthxbai
Update: I sent Tumblr a follow-up mail asking them about their double standards and the response pointed out a “trademark claim” as the reason.
That URL you are referencing was released because of a trademark claim. As I understand it, you have not made a trademark claim. So, that is why the URL you requested was not released.Marc :-) —
email@example.com —–Original Message—–
From: “Manan” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: “Manan” <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:26:26 +0530
To: “Tumblr Support” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: (Case 61457) tumblr id >Thank you for your response but I find it highly disturbing that a service
>like yours would pull off something like this –
>http://tumbledore.tumblr.com/ and then tell me that you don’t release
>accounts? :| I’m disappointed by your customer service. Unprofessional and
>deplorable to say the least.
From: “Tumblr Support”
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: (Case 61457) tumblr id > Manan,
> Unfortunately, we cannot release taken or dormant URLs / web addresses at > this time. And, we cannot put you in touch with a URL owner. My apologies.
> Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.
> Thanks for using Tumblr!
> Tumblr Support
> —–Original Message—–
> From: “Manan”
> Reply-To: “Manan”
> Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 03:26:28 +0530
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: tumblr id
>>I plan on starting my tumblr blog but have a small issue that I would like >>you to help me with. My name is Manan and I was hoping for tumblr URl to >>be manan.tumblr.com, I checked it and it seems to taken by someone who >>hasn’t ever used it. Normally I wouldn’t have brought this up but since >>the user isn’t using that id and I have my twitter id as manan as well, I >>was hoping if you could do something about this.
>>Your help would be highly appreciated.