Tumblr is an immense sea of valuable, publicly available user data just waiting to be tapped by marketers interested in how the cool internet teens use their products—just search “Starbucks” to see what I mean.
Tumblr, it seems, is also ready to help corporations cash in on its users’ impeccably curated tastes. It just inked a deal with Ditto, a company that scans images on the web for branded products and sells the results to multinationals like Coca-Cola and Kraft, and part of the deal involves giving Ditto wholesale access to all of Tumblr’s (which is to say Tumblr users’) photos.
“Twitter and Instagram have been suppliers of data to us for over a year and we’re able to look on behalf of brands at what the conversation about them looks like through photos,” David Rose, CEO of Ditto, told Motherboard. “What’s different about Tumblr is that they’re supplying us with the entire firehose of all photos that we’re then able to interpret.”
Ditto’s algorithm identifies products that it’s been trained to recognize via a machine learning process, as well as indicators of users’ feelings towards the brand like a smile or a frown. By picking out the brands or goods said product is paired with in a given image, Ditto builds maps of product affiliations.
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