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Tumblr chief calls Twitter ‘gross’

  • May 21, 2013: Founder and CEO of Tumblr David Karp attends the 17th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

    May 21, 2013: Founder and CEO of Tumblr David Karp attends the 17th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)

  • June 10, 2013: Tumblr founder and award recipient David Karp attends the eighth annual Made in NY Awards in New York.

    June 10, 2013: Tumblr founder and award recipient David Karp attends the eighth annual Made in NY Awards in New York.  (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Tumblr founder David Karp lashed out at Twitter at Cannes Lions yesterday, blasting the way it displays the number of followers for every tweeter as “really gross.”

“We don’t share stats, so your follower counts, your performance isn’t published out to the world," Karp said. "You can make little bets or try something small and experimental and not feel any sense of shame if you have only 2,000 followers, which I always think is really gross.” 

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“Tumblr is not defined by the people you know, it’s defined by the stuff that you love,” he added.

Karp also took a swipe at those who post negative comments online, “We’ve taken a lot of care making Tumblr a positive environment, you don’t want people to be scared off by jerks ... It’s very hard when you have comments underneath every video on YouTube to keep the jerks out. It really sucks when you’ve poured your heart into something to be called ‘fat’ by jerks on the Internet ... [Tumblr] doesn’t allow for drive-by nastiness.” 

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Karp, 26, who sold his site to Yahoo! for $1.1 billion last month, said the site he’ll continue to run is a welcoming place where “an aspiring kid” can put up photos and creatives can place their award-winning campaigns.