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What happened to David Karp, the creator of Tumblr who sold it for a billion and who now remains far from the spotlight

In 2006, a 20-year-old New Yorker named David Karp, self-taught webmaster (he learned to code at the age of 11 and, after homeschooling, never went to college), had become unemployed after losing his job as product manager for the UrbanBaby forum (it had just been bought by CNET). Shortly after, he would found his own software consulting company, Davidville, together with computer engineer Marco Arment.

That same year, taking advantage of a couple of weeks that they were not working on any project, they both began to work on creating a microblogging platform called ‘Tumblr’which would be presented publicly in February 2007.

The concept of ‘microblogging’ had been on Karp’s mind for some time, and he was convinced that some of the platforms present on the market at that time would end up adopting it. It was not like that, and that encouraged him to take the step himself. It soon became clear that the idea aroused the interest of many users as well: in just two weeks, Tumblr had gained 75,000 users.

The rise of Tumblr

Marco Arment recalled those early days in a 2013 blog post:

“David said we were going to prototype an idea he’d been kicking around for a while. He had already bought the domain:, because it was an easy platform for posting tumblelogs.

In March 2007, [la popularidad de] Tumblr skyrocketed after Gina Trapani wrote about it on Lifehacker and the article made it to the front page of Digg.

We soon added followers and reblogs, turning this platform into the social publishing hybrid that has made it so compelling and unique.

That summer, David decided that we should put aside [la consultora]take some funding and take over Tumblr full time.”

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What did Tumblr contribute? Arment describes it with this comparison:

  • MySpace was that site you went to in the past…
  • WordPress and Movable Type were the platforms you turned to if you had the patience and ability to describe to maintain a traditional blog…
  • Facebook was where you went to define yourself by schools and checkboxes…
  • And Tumblr was where you went to define your own identity and express your creativity.

Arment explains that, back then, Tumblr was David Karp, and David Karp was Tumblr: “Tumblr has never been a one-person company, but a one-person product.” He explained that he had never seen him show any desire to work on another side project, and repeatedly compared him to Steve Jobsin terms of his level of dedication, creativity… and the stress that he could cause to his collaborators.

When David met Marissa

Then came 2013. And Karp decided to sell Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. Marissa Mayer was then leading that former Silicon Valley giant, and she was trying to reverse her decline: Adding Tumblr to her portfolio sounded like a strategically sound thing to do. To do this, she had to promise Karp that she would remain at the head of the platform for 4 years and that she would have a certain level of autonomy.

Arment saw this step as logical: it allowed Karp disengage from aspects of the business that did not interest you and concentrate on developing the product. “Yahoo today is a very different company than the Yahoo that neglected Flickr for years,” he said.

Tumblr way to "grave": the departure of its founder is the end of an era

But that ‘different’ company is over after Mayer stepped down as CEO in early 2017 and his successor decided to sell Tumblr to Verizon. So a few months later, that same year, Karp was leaving also the boat. By then, the company hosted more than 375 million microblogs. In this way, Karp did not get to experience the decline of the platform from within after its change in content policy a year later.


From activism to silence

But what happened to Karp after that? At first it looked like he was going to focus on ‘checkbook activism’; that is, in promoting political campaigns contributing their name and their donations. Shortly before leaving Tumblr, she had joined the board of the pro-abortion NGO Planned Parenthood, and had publicly expressed her support for Hillary Clinton. In 2018 he joined another progressive lobby, Future Now, and in 2020 he became the largest campaign donor to McCain’s (progressive) successor in his Senate seat.

After that, apart from a couple of tweets (the last ones published on his account) supporting the ‘Black Live Matters’ campaign… little or nothing has been heard from Karp. He is not known to be involved in any new companies or projects (aside from being an investor in a handful of them), he has not lavished himself in the field of activism or become a ‘celebrity’. It’s been almost three years of silence. Will he end up surprising us with something new or, just as Tumblr was a “one person product,” Karp will be a one product person?

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It’s a scam and in the end only you pay

Job offers promising high wages for 20 minutes of work a day; and, furthermore, with a multinational and recognizable company behind it, such as Amazon. It could only get better if, instead of you trying to convince them to hire you, company representatives contact you to encourage you to work with them.

Sounds good? Too good to be true, specifically? Well, that’s because it’s not even close to true. This is the umpteenth online scam in which in the end the only one who pays money is you.

During the second half of last year, several Latin American media (from countries like Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia or Colombia) echoed a campaign of sending messages through WhatsApp in which a “Amazon project business manager” introduced himself claiming to be hiring a “part-time” team, specifically “10 to 20 minutes”. Wow, the days are short on the other side of the Atlantic.


The scam jumps the puddle

But now, the scam has crossed the ocean and the “commercial manager” is no longer the one who contacts the potential “signings” of the company, but the person who writes to us identifies himself as ‘Amazon platform receptionist’. Another version of the message, more impersonal, only notifies us that “Amazone Commerce recruits employees online.” Yeah, amazon.

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The salary varies between “8-500” (8,500? Between 8 and 500?) US dollars for one version of the message and 36,000-240,000 ‘CLP’ (abbreviation for Chilean pesos) for the other. What does not change is the length of the working day: 20 minutes a day.

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In the message from ‘Amazone Commerce’ we are not even told what the job consists of, but we are offered to click on the “Whatsapp customer service link to start earning money”. Leaving aside that We don’t know what WhatsApp looks like in this, the truth is that the URL (from domain ‘’) provides little security.

In the other version of the message, the receptionist tells us that the job is to help her “process Amazon orders,” and then explains that the company “need different IP addresses to help the store increase sales and exposure”.


The two versions of the message that are being distributed (Image via


In any case, if we answer that we are interested, we are encouraged to continue the conversation on the Telegram application. There we will be told that we are perfect for the job (once we have confirmed we have credit card), we will be asked to create an account on a platform without any connection to Amazon (‘’) and send a screenshot to show that we have met that requirement.

It is there where the ‘contracted’ user will begin to carry out tasks of 20 minutes a day for which theoretically they are going to pay us, but then the scammers will try to convince the now scammed to enter small amounts of money to be returned with commissions


‘Work’ interview via Telegram (Image via

…until the victim reaches a certain amount of money deposited and at that moment you lose access to the platformwithout the possibility of contacting anyone to demand the return of the money.

Amazon is a regular target of impersonators from Internet companies and, of course, has nothing to do with these messages. In fact, the company warns that they never use messaging applications for work communications.

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The Police warn of the danger we expose ourselves to when we scan QR codes in any bar or restaurant

One of the most visible and lasting consequences of the pandemic has little to do with the health field; We are talking about the rise of QR codes in all kinds of bars and restaurants. In a short time, they went from being an exotic resource to being available in many places and now, when even masks are part of the past, these particular graphics continue to be an alternative or complement to the physical menu.

The most common thing for a QR code is to use it as a ‘bridge’ to access the web version of the letter or menu from our mobile device (most already integrate the function of scanning QRs into the Camera application). In other cases, you can direct us instead to the mobile app of the venue, to a simple text, or to an event or geographic coordinates.

In any case, create and print a QR that redirects to any online resource we want is something that is in the hands of literally anyone. And so, Despite its many advantages, it also opens an obvious door for malicious uses.. And forces us to have so much be careful when scanning a QR code like the one we have when clicking on a link in an e-mail or SMS.

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Police advise you to be careful what you scan

For this reason, the Police have begun to spread, from their TikTok account, recommendations to keep a close eye on what we scan with our smartphone:

“Sometimes these codes can be malicious, and can download viruses or any type of malware to your device.”

“If you want to be totally safe, install software that detects them.”

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If you don’t know which software to install, you can take a look at this recommendation of the 9 best antivirus for mobiles in Xataka Android.

But of course, Downloading malware isn’t the only bad thing What can happen to us if we come across a malicious QR. There is always the possibility of falling for a phishing attack, in which we are sent to a website that supplants that of the place where we find it, or that of a financial institution or payment gateway:

“Be very careful if they ask you for any personal data on the web you access. And activate all the alerts if they ask you for any amount of money.”

And finally, we cannot assume that it is a legitimate QR just because “it is in a restaurant”… because a third party may have given him the ‘big change’. This is what the police say about it:

“If you find it in any bar or cafeteria, before scanning it, make sure that it is not a sticker stuck on the original QR”.

“If you have any kind of doubt, consult the establishment. And if you are a victim, report it.”


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This old shortcut clears your entire screen on any version of Windows. And it returns it to its state with pressing it again

When using a computer, regardless of the operating system you have, there are two types of people: those who are highly organized and cannot have more than two windows open at the same time, and others who open many programs or tabs simultaneously, causing Chaos reigns on the desktop. But for these latter people, there are some keyboard shortcuts that can be really useful to be able to clear the chaotic view they have on the screen in a few seconds.

And it is that when you have many windows open from the browser or from another program, seeing the desktop again is a cumbersome task. The first thing that occurs to you is minimize each of the windowsbut this is a tedious process, especially when you spend many hours without closing anything.


Windows + D: the keyboard shortcut that will bring order to your desktop

To be able to do it in a much faster way, you can resort to the very productive keyboard shortcuts. Although many of them are unknown, and we only stick to the classic copy and paste, the truth is that They have great potential for day to day of anyone.

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And for this action of minimizing all the windows on the desktop, there is an old shortcut that will perfectly fulfill this task and that works exactly the same in all versions of Windows. We talk specifically about Windows + D keyboard shortcut.

By pressing this key combination, all the windows that you have open will be minimized to be able to consult that file that you have on your desktop and that you needed to consult quickly. But in case you need to return to the chaotic state with all windows open, You will be able to do it by pressing this keyboard shortcut again.

My favorite Windows keyboard shortcut for finding many useful tools and traveling back in time

In addition to the shortcut, we must also remember the possibility of pressing on the right side of the taskbar in the latest versions of Windows. By clicking on this end you will be able to achieve exactly the same as with the keyboard shortcut when clearing your screen, but also by clicking on it again you can leave it as at the beginning.

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