I love Tumblr, but the app version needs so much improvement
Basically the title. Firstly, NOTIFICATIONS. Sometimes I don’t even get them, despite having them turned on both on my phone and within the app. Friends on Tumblr say the same things happen to them. In addition to not being notified, sometimes I AM notified but when I go to the app and click notifications, nothing’s there? My post might have more notes, but I’d have to manually check it myself and refresh my page to find out whether it was a reblog, reply or like.
Next is uploading posts. I get that the app is less powerful than a browser so it’s going to take longer, but it takes legit hours for 2 or 3 gifs to post sometimes - if it posts at all. Sometimes it’ll load all the way and then say “error”. Same thing with videos, and as someone who uses tumblr to promote my music, that really bugs me. I always have to use my laptop to share a link. (I would say it’s my WiFi, but it works just fine/quickly on the browser version.)
Lastly, formatting. When i try and edit my bio, it almost always jumbles up the words. This only happens on the app, and while it’s not a big deal, it’s definitely somewhat annoying to have to retype everything or just settle for a simple emoji.
I love hanging out on Tumblr, especially in comparison to apps like Twitter and stuff, but the app can be a pain to deal with. I hope this stuff gets fixed soon.
It looks aesthetically very nice, the user interface of course is very friendly and efficient, finding generally anything has not been a problem....BUT theres major bugs in the app and it starts for me in the notifications/messages button where if you click on it no matter how long you’ve been on the app it crashes the max times my app has crashed in a row is now 7 and on occasions it goes away but doesn’t for a while. Then the notifications refuse to show you what’s been updated the only way i have been able to is by switching over to my second account then coming back to my original and it finally shows new notifications normally i would have to pray and close the app and hopefully it would show new notifications and not crash. Next we have the messages and people being on it always has the wrong time for when people have been on....someone could literally be making posts but it says they were on 3 hours ago?? Like what’s going on with that. Another problem is with playing a video and if you scroll it can either get stuck playing and it literally continues until you close the app or when you play the video then scroll it just continues playing for a few moments then stops. As far as i know this is the most bugs i’ve gotten recently on this app hopefully the developers see this.
The new updates have added lots of new annoying features such as recommended blogs on specific blogs instead of just on the dashboard (newsflash, if I wanted to follow those blogs I'd go follow them from/because of posts I see on the person I'm already following, it's not like I don't know they exist, I just don't typically want to follow them), non-chronological dashboard even *after* turning off the best stuff first option (this is my biggest pet peeve! If I wanted non-chronological I'd go somewhere else), and if you aren't on for even one day it will have your first five minutes of speed scrolling be "here's what you missed!" etc. posts, even if you've already seen said posts. One of the reasons I hate that is it takes forever to go away and once again non-chronological posts are rather annoying to deal with. The best stuff first is crushing smaller artists and other content creators, leading to dramatic slashes in page activity, which is discouraging people from creating and even affecting some artists' livelihoods. Everyone I've talked to about these features also really dislikes them, especially the non-chronological posts (there's a few posts circulating with tens of thousands of notes about how to turn the best stuff first off, so that should be your biggest hint that people don't want it!!!), so please fix this!
Crashed in big time
I have being using tumblr for over a year now and it crashes me in big time. As I clean up on blogs that I follow the number stays on 514 but nothing to click on follow or unfollow and dashboard did not move at all as I tab for the update. Both web and app absolutely failed to move at all. Social media site like tumblr needs to be significantly improved on the platform. I am working very hard on my leisure to develop tumblr society for the world. The system video, photo, and multiple formats are very restrictive. We need tumblr to admit that most of there users are not children in fact very small percentage and so the platform needs to be a whole lot more adult friendly and at the same time more true society interactive social friendly. It is being existing for ten years already right? Please completely redesign and turn your app to be minimum 18 years or older and preferably 21 years and older. It doesn’t make any sense to do what Twitter or Facebook can already do and in other format alright. Seriously, can your team member truly just listen and truly make that difference? Most of your tumblr user don’t mind of paying for subscription, however, all of us care about all the inconvenience. This cannot wait, please make the major redesign and changes at once and not waiting at all. Your teams technology is too outdated, it needs completely overhaul and be five thousand times better and I mean it.
Consistent App-Ruining Crashes
By Tumblr Vet
If there’s one thing I know to expect from Tumblr, it’s frozen screens and crashes so obnoxious that I’m forced to delete and re-download the app. I’ve been back on this App Store page at least 10 times this year (it’s February of 2018) alone because for some reason Tumblr developers, now even under different ownership (Yahoo, that was a bad move on your part) than when I first began experiencing this bug, never learned how to fix crashes. Don’t get me wrong- I love the Tumblr community that I get to experience. Not the rest of it- the neo-nazis and pedophiles and just plain weird people- but the artists, memes, and others that I like to see on my Tumblr dashboard. But over my years of using Tumblr, my experience with the app itself (and even the webpage to a different extent) has been god-awful, and has only gotten worse. I’m not leaving a one star review because I want to see Tumblr gone, rather far from it. I’m leaving this review in hopes that even anyone beyond some Apple intern who’s bored in their free time on the App Store reviews page sees it, and maybe something clicks in their brain that veteran Tumblr users have been complaining like this for years. Usually we just do it on the app, but since that hasn’t worked yet I’m here to ask: can any of you at Tumblr “Yahoo!” Headquarters read some of these complaints and set about fixing the app? You might even keep your consumers.
No Excuse for this App
For one of the most popular social networking sites in the world, and after all this time, and given that most people access it through their phones, you'd think Tumblr would manage to put together a decent app. Alas, their army of nerds has failed. If you follow more than a few active users and only check your account a couple times a day, you have to scroll and scroll and scroll, waiting for each new page to load, to find the specific kind of content you're looking for (say, videos, images, etc.). If the app crashes, you have to spend another five minutes scrolling to get back to your place. It's 2017. How is this still such an issue? There should be some kind of comprehensive, accessible filter that lets you fine-tune your feed. And automatically brings you back to where you had last scrolled? There's not even a reliable workaround: the archive button doesn't exist or the user has to choose a separate app theme or something with that specific function? It's definitely not there by default. And the ads. They're so large. Again, it makes infinite scrolling a chore; a quarter of each scroll is ad space, meaning more pauses for loading and less easily accessible content. I'd happily by a reasonable subscription to disable the ads. Is programming really this impossible?
Sadly disappointed in a once amazing app
Tumblr has been a place I’ve come to for years to express myself. It’s somewhat my secret outlet. Having an app available is super convenient and I honestly prefer to use the app versus a desktop. If there wasn’t an app available i probably wouldn’t even use tumblr anymore. It’s extremely annoying when you’re in the middle of using the app and it crashes out of nowhere exiting you out the app. It seems like every time you guys update the app to fix bugs etc. there’s just another bug that’s created. How difficult can it possible be to finally get this right. Don’t update the app if you’re not sure it’s absolutely going to fix the problem. Sometimes posts are missing from my blog or others. I can’t even refresh my notifications without it freezing and me having to exit out he app and enter into the app again just to see new notifications. I can’t even view my drafts on one tab without exiting out my blog, which was one of my favorite features. Now I have to go to settings to view my drafts which is INCONVENIENT! Would be 5 stars if I didn’t have to exit the app 20 times a day just to use it. Using tumblr shouldn’t be a job people. Fix it or you’re going to lose people’s interest in a great website.
As of yesterday...
I have a constant grey message box at the bottom saying “Hmm...try again?” And that I should log out and back in if it keeps happening. So I log out and back in, and it’ll work...until I leave the app and come back, the it happens again, and it’s a huge pain to have to keep logging back in. Stuff won’t really update while this message box is running.
Also, the app is still eating my photo posts. Last time I tried was before this grey-box issue. Two days ago.
Also, I do not like my activity notifications stacking. In particular, the reblog ones. I don’t mind the likes being stacked. But I liked clicking on individual reblog to look at tags. Some people communicate via tags. Granted, I could just visit the post itself, but that has become a pain now too - where I used to just be able to view everything I wanted from my activity section, now I have to jump out and hunt the post down through my profile. God forbid I’m not looking for an old post.
To be honest, right now it’s hard to double check on feature with that grey message box saying I have to log out and back in constantly. Nothing refreshes.
Edit: logging out and back in does nothing for me after all. App currently does nothing for me except show me pop-up notifications (clicking into then shows a “no-post-here” page).
Suggested posts, Too many porn bots
I actually like this app for the most part, but they keep adding new features that suggest posts and blogs to you and while I like the IDEA of that, it’s SUPER ANNOYING to have that in my feed. I HATE THAT. And I also HATE having peoples posts pushed to the top of my feed because I may have “missed them.” It often screws with the chronology of some of the things I follow. Please remove the features from the feed and STOP BRINGING THEM BACK IN NEW WAYS, like, I’m not stupid, okay? Also, I get that this is probably a site problem, not specifically an app problem, but the porn and spam bots are a huge turn off for me. One thing that would make me more okay with it is if you could block blogs w/out having to go to them, like if I could just swipe and block them in my notifications, that’d be great. You may be able to do this on the computer, but I don’t use Tumblr on the PC enough to look. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed this app immensely. I don’t think it’s issues are really any worse than some other apps like instagram and Facebook especially. I have plenty of glitchy problems on BOTH of those apps just as much, so I’m not sure why people expect this one to be perfect when it’s handling much larger and more variant files. Weird.
After the most recent "best stuff first" update the app functionality has plummeted. As others have mentioned, no matter how good my internet connection is and even when my other apps are loading just fine, Tumblr can't seem to load anywhere near the pace that it used to. On top of that, I'm constantly having an issue where as I scroll it'll suddenly freeze. Waiting a few seconds for it to catch up again is fine but I've waited upwards of a minute before. Again, the app has always had glitches and I've put up with it for the most part but these issues make the app incredibly frustrating to use. Also, it's great that they included a switch for you to turn the "best stuff first" off so you can scroll chronologically. What's not great is that the button doesn't actually work. Any time I refresh my dash it goes back to the algorithmic organization, and the only way to get it to be chrono again is to close out of the app completely.
There's so many more glitches: User's icons switching, notification alert not going away, can only view the first nine of the top ten trending topics, clicking on someone's chat sometimes takes me to someone else's chat, etc etc I could go on.
Staff, some glitches are to be expected. Whatever. But this app is becoming borderline unusable.