Update July 6, 2011: Without notice, Tumblr is once again importing my feeds. The company says that it is grandfathering in those of us who had feeds but not allowing this feature for new accounts and not allowing new or modified feeds.
I’ve been using Tumblr as a place to aggregate some of my disparate content. When I checked the site tonight, I discovered it had not imported any content for
two weeks a week. Without warning, Tumblr turned off the RSS import:
Tumblr has quietly removed the ability to automatically import RSS feeds to your tumblelog. They removed the feature during their recent redesign without give their users any warning.
So, if you were importing your Twitter feed, Last.fm Weekly Top Artists, or other blog into Tumblr and noticed that it stopped working — that’s why.
I don’t know how many people were using Tumblr like this …. not too many, I guess, as there doesn’t seem to be lots of complaints. But it makes my account there worthless to me, because I’m not going to shift my blogging from WordPress to Tumblr.
You can automatically import feed (RSS/ATOM) content from other services as posts on your blog. From the Dashboard, click Customize → Services to add feeds to import.
When a new feed is added to Tumblr, its most recent post will be imported, followed by any posts added from that point forward. Tumblr skips any entries that are more than 2 days old.
The time between updates can vary greatly depending on the service. We try to crawl feeds once every hour, but we do respect each feed’s “Time To Live” (TTL) declaration which may affect the update interval.
If the dates and times on feed items are missing or are all identical, then Tumblr can’t import the feed. It won’t be able to tell new content from old content. If this happens with one of your feeds, we suggest you speak with the service creating the feed and ask that they add unique timestamps.
You must continue posting or logging in to Tumblr for feed imports to remain active.
This is not true. The only access to “customize” is through this link … and the only options are to EXPORT Tumblr posts to Facebook or Twitter. No import.
This is what Tumblr customer support had to say…
In order to conserve our resources, Tumblr is no longer supporting feed imports on blogs that have not already imported feeds in the past. We deeply regret any inconvenience that this may cause. But, this change will allow us to focus our resources and energy on other useful Tumblr features.
Sorry we can’t be more help,
However, this is also a, umm, lie. My Tumblr has been importing feeds for a LONG time … and it’s no longer importing anything.