A lot of us use Twitter. But when you want to post images, videos, and audio, you might want to move to something like Tumblr. It’s an extremely easy blogging solution. But, who’s behind Tumblr? Get to know Marco Arment in this edition of “5 Questions.” He put together much of Tumblr. Would a Tumblr guy use Facebook? His answer may surprise you.
1. Who are you?
I’m Marco Arment, a web programmer in New York. I work for Tumblr and develop Instapaper on the side.
2. Facebook, Twitter, or something else and why?
Tumblr, because I wrote much of it, so I’m a bit biased. Tumblr fits the way I publish online much better than anything else. I use Twitter a bit because it’s a different publishing context with a different community that I get some utility from. I currently have no use for Facebook, and most days, I forget that it exists. Like Windows.
3. Gadget you couldn’t live without (and why)?
A good Mac. As great as other gadgets get, the personal computer is still far more useful to me for far more tasks than any other device can be. I don’t foresee the general-purpose computer being meaningfully replaced in my lifetime.
But if a computer’s presence is assumed separately, I’d have to go with the iPhone. So much usefulness hasn’t been packed into a single device since… the personal computer.
4. Most regrettable piece of tech you own [mine’s an original Sony Reader]
Every TV tuner or video-capture card that I’ve ever purchased, from the old Hauppauge MPEG-2 PCI tuners to the modern USB-stick ATSC versions. Every time I buy one, I barely touch it for months or years and eventually get rid of it. A year or two later, I’ll forget that I never really use them and I’ll buy another one. I think I’ve gone through about six of them so far.
5. If you could wish a gadget into existence, what would it be?
A vastly improved type of battery.
Nearly all technological progress for portable electronics rests on battery technology. Without better batteries that hold more power with less volume and weight, progress slows to a crawl. And battery technology tends to move very slowly.
Otherwise, I’d have to pick an iPhone with better camera optics, video recording, more RAM, a faster CPU, and fewer App Store headaches for developers. The good news is that it sounds like I’m likely to get the former four items in about two months.