I’ve run pitchfork.tumblr.com for almost a year now. I had several posts up and I followed 28 people with the account. All my posts are now gone and my address has been changed to pitchfork1.tumblr.com. Where my blog once stood now stands the official Tumblr for Pitchfork Media Inc. Watch out, Soup, I hear Campbell’s is gunning for you next.
Recently, one of my friends who is subscribed to my pitchfork tumblr was surprised to see a sudden change in the content I was posting. That’s because Tumblr stole my subdomain and gave (sold?) it to Pitchfork Media Inc. Keep in mind that the word “pitchfork” is not a proprietary name, it is a noun dating back to the year 1364, so they had no legal right to the word or the subdomain. It clearly wasn’t a case of impersonation as none of my posts had anything to do with music. If there was some kind of content quality threshold that failed to be met which led to my blog’s demise, then 98% of Tumblr should now be blank. Is it possible there’s a certain amount of time that can pass between posts before Tumblr deletes your blog? If so, they should probably make that information public just in case someone accidentally makes the mistake of going on vacation.
The worst part of all this is that if you subscribe to the RSS feed for the “new” Pitchfork Tumblr (http://pitchfork.tumblr.com/rss), you’ll see the first five posts I made are still there! There’s even a post with a screenshot from my March Madness pool standings with my name and face on it. Sadly, I apparently no longer control this image or this information, nor can I exercise my right to remove it from the Internet. But hey, it’s not like these amateurs haven’t pulled this crap before, they’ll probably just write some new content policy after the fact in order to justify it like last time.
If you think your content shouldn’t be deleted and moved arbitrarily at the whims of corporate latecomers, then you should consider contacting the Tumblr team to ask them to stop disrespecting their loyal users:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and or call them out on Twitter
While it is possible to trademark common words, there is no evidence that the original pitchfork(.tumblr.com) was misleading/confusing people and causing them to think it was in any way affiliated with Pitchfork Media Inc.
I am also deeply bothered by the way tumblr and Pitchfork Media Inc. determined the site had been abandoned because the last post was made three (actually less than three) months ago. I have, on more than one occasion, become caught up in this thing called real life and did not post anything to my tumblr for an extended period of time.
And shame on tumblr for not even being able to coordinate excuses among its eight employees.
Really? we can’t even trust tumblr? That is so disappointing. Be sure you update your content in less than three months or it will be up for grabs? Uncool.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”—
I remember being at a friend’s house and it was just a small group of us, so I felt ok talking about my numbness. One guy I did not know well says what does that mean you’re one of Jerry’s kids? I always donate to that, nice to see my money in person. He was talking about Jerry Lewis and the marathon that they run every year for muscualr dystrophy!! It took all of my strength not to clock him.
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Ok people listen up, to avoid coming off as a complete idiot realize that MS = Multiple Sclerosis MD = Muscular Dystrophy. Jerry Lewis runs the marathon for muscular Dystrophy, not Multiple Sclerosis.