Tumblr Users Give Mixed Reactions to New Dashboard Design

Tumblr rolled out a new update to its user dashboard, and users are reacting with a mixture of acceptance and outrage.

The changes to the dashboard are minor – in fact, infrequent users might not even notice the changes at first glance. The big changes affect how users switch between blogs and what information is displayed in the sidebar. The default view is more minimal; only after selecting a specific blog do users see things like post numbers and user messages.

Tumblr’s lead designer Peter Vidani tweeted that he was “positively thrilled to launch the new Tumblr dashboard,” but not all users agree.

A search for posts tagged “tumblr dashboard” reveals that users are expressing their objections via their Tumblr accounts. Some enterprising users have already developed a Greasemonkey script for Chrome and Firefox to restore the old sidebar contents to the default sidebar.

Tumblr has made design changes to its dashboard in the past – something that many of the current group of Tumblr complainers seem to be forgetting – and it’s very likely that the company will make further changes in the future.