WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg claims the platform saw an unusually high number of imported posts from Tumblr Sunday night, perhaps an early indication that some are looking to flee in light of the pending Yahoo acquisition.
Mullenweg (pictured) wrote on his blog that WordPress received 72,000 imports during one hour on Sunday, versus the usual 400 to 600 posts. He added that WordPress is friendly with Tumblr, and the two use each other’s services.
“News like this, whether from a friend or a competitor, is always bittersweet: I’m curious to see what the creative folks behind Tumblr do with their new resources, both personal and corporate, but I’m more interested to know what they would have done over the next 5-10 years as an independent company,” he wrote.
The 72,000 figure is a small portion of WordPress’s 50.9 billion blog posts. Mullenweg could not be reached for an update on the stats.
As of last year, WordPress powered 60 million websites versus the current 100 million for Tumblr. Robert Minton VP North America for Six Apart, a paid blogging platform, said despite those stats “everyone’s had a downward trend” in their business.
There are a couple of reasons for this, according to Minton, including too much oversight from the makers of the blogging platforms and a preponderance of startups in the content management system segment. Minton said there are some 122 CMSes with measurable market share and “on Kickstarter there are a ton of CMSes.” Minton said he doesn’t have any new stats showing an exodus from Tumblr.