A lot of y’all have asked me to elaborate on The Thing That Happened Today:
I run @buzzfeed‘s Tumblr, and today we did an Answer Time with some of the cast as well as the directors of Captain America: Civil War. The Answer Time took place in two separate offices, and I ran the Team Cap half of it, featuring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Russo. It was great!
Evans, Stan, and Russo were enthusiastic, charming, and kind — they responded to the submitted questions with humor and insight. I’m so appreciative of the many funny and deep questions the Tumblr community asked. Unfortunately we couldn’t get through all of the questions (we got so many, guys. so, so many), but they answered as many as they could. Everyone was very relaxed and playful, including the awesome Marvel, Tumblr, and PR staff who joined us. (And yes: Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan are very handsome IRL and also very, very charming and they have very nice smiles and I talked with them a bunch and I somehow managed to NOT DIE.)
It was super fun! My coworkers who ran the Team Iron Man half of it also had a great time, and said that RDJ, Chadwick Boseman, and Joe Russo were amazing. Apparently RDJ was up for anything, and Boseman was really thoughtful about his answers. I’m so grateful for and proud of the work all of my coworkers did today. You can read all of the Answer Time’s posts here! (You should also check out BuzzFeed’s Snapchat story from today while you still can for more behind-the-scenes of today’s event.) We’ll be posting an article on BuzzFeed Dot Com (the website) featuring additional photos soon, and I’ll be sharing it on @buzzfeed‘s Tumblr when it’s live.
P.S. 5 years ago I was working a really shitty job in NC. Today I met some really famous people. THINGS REALLY CAN GET BETTER, Y’ALL.
After some intense messaging since yesterday evening, I can only say again:
Awesome work @staff! Tumblr and the Tumblr engineers get bashed so often for things that many of us don’t consider to be great, so let’s be fair and also say a big thank you for this great new feature!
What I especially like:
I don’t have to leave the dashboard or blog to send or answer messages.
All is much tidier.
I can message with blogs I don’t follow or that don’t follow mine (in case they allow this in their settings).
Yes, maybe responsive design would be an improvement. And surely there are a couple of other small things that will add to this. But I’m sure they all will come. And even if not: this new feature is so much of an improvement to fanmail.
I had to have four other messengers running to stay in contact with Tumblr friends (Hangouts, Skype, Viber, kik), because all used different ones. Now I don’t need that anymore.
Can’t wait for the new and improved comment feature. But I’m sure - looking at the chat - this will be awesome.
I was just going to post a bit of fluff/poke some fun at myself over my mood this morning vs my current disposition, and opened up Tumblr’s gif thingy to choose a dramatic, over-angsty representation. But when I typed in “sad,” this is what popped up:
This is …so meaningful. And helpful. And perfectly located. Especially with the kinds of gifs that fall into this category (I looked - very dark, very self-harming), I am so happy that whoever runs this giant spaceship took the time to put in this message. It truly could save a life.
Bravo, @staff. Thanks for reminding me of your humanity and for also being awesome.