I noticed in my Twitter feed that yesterday’s post was tweeted simply as a shortened URL—no title, no snippet of the first sentence—nothing to let anyone know what I was linking to or why they should go and read it. I also notice that there is a new widget in my Tumblr dashboard. I’m guessing that I’m supposed to type into it what I want the tweet to say. That’s a little more work than the automated snippet of my post that went out before. And I’m left wondering, will it still send it to both Twitter and Facebook, or do I only get the one that’s selected when I publish my post? Ah, I see. Clicking the Facebook icon grays it out, while clicking the Twitter icon turns it off and hides the field altogether. I assume that “[URL]” is markup that will insert the URL to this post, which is the only thing that is in the field by default.
Tumblr does this relatively often, making incremental changes to their UI with no warning or explanation. Sometimes it’s a nice improvement, and sometimes it isn’t, like the time they removed the ability to back-date a post (which was put back the next day).
I have no idea what is going to happen, and there is no explanation of the new “feature”, so here goes nothing. This is a test.