Did you know that only the first five tags you use in any given Tumblr post are searchable?
If not, don’t worry. While Tumblr has a Tips page, most don’t know it exists, and it only scratches the surface of potential shortcuts and tricks—features like the ability to display your tags in chronological order, to browse your dash using keystrokes instead of the scroll bar, and to view only the photos on your dash by appending the word “photos” to the tumblr.com url string. (Try it and be amazed.)
Over the years, Tumblr users have have stumbled across these kinds of discoveries and passed them on to their friends, creating through countless reblogs a rough wiki of sorts.
Below, we present some of the best and most basic navigational and communicative functions of Tumblr that you probably don’t know about.
1) You can keep Tumblr from truncating long text posts.
Tumblr’s default behavior when reblogging long text posts is to reblog them as links instead. If you want your readers to have the full context of what you’re reblogging in order for it to make sense, there’s actually an easy fix this.
To make sure long posts get reblogged as text—or to truncate them if you only want to link to a shorter text post—go to the top right corner of the post and click the icon next to your settings.
The drop-down menu will give you the option to change the format of the post. If you have a text post, clicking “Reblog as text” will retain the text of the post up until its original “read more” line.
2) How to grab a permalink of a post on your dash.
Frustrated that you can never access a direct permalink to any post on your Tumblr dash? You can. See that little flappy top right corner? Click on it.
3) You don’t need to insert a blank .gif at the bottom of your photosets in order to show full-sized photos.
By default on Tumblr, most photos appear in thumbnail form on your dashboard… [READ MORE]
GUYS, HERE IT IS. HOW TO USE TUMBLR. You’ll probably know a few of these already, but I guarantee there will be one or two where you’re like, “Holy shit! Why are you like this, Tumblr??”