Tumblr Gets Official Downtime Image [PIC]

Tumblr has finally gotten its own “fail whale.”

Inspired by the blogging service’s occasional downtime spells as of late (something both Twitter and Foursquare struggled with in earlier days), Oatmeal comic artist Matthew Inman decided to create a special image for its “Tumblr is down page” — which founder David Karp has gratefully agreed to use.

Inman (whom we interviewed Monday) posted a letter asking Tumblr to “please oh please” use his image, which features three (rather) cute green monsters eating Tumblr’s servers. “We may have forgotten to feed the TumblrBeasts who live in our server closet, which often results in unexpected downtime due to gnawing and/or mutiny,” it reads. (Tumblr has since modified the text to “Tumbeasts.”)

Approximately four hours after tweeting the message to @tumblr, Inman said he received an e-mail from Tumblr’s founder agreeing to use the artwork.

Welcome, Tumebeasts, to your new home. May you grow hungry and mutiny on Tumblr’s servers none too often.

(P.S. They’re on Twitter.)

[via RWW]

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