Tumblr tag search

Tumblr search aint’ exactly intuitive.

I originally signed up for a Tumblr account because the PR was that you could tag your own posts and they were searchable by tag.

But the Help files don’t even have an entry for tags, and nothing about how to search for tags.

Your on your own figuring out how to do it. I finally figured it out, but it took far too long.

For months, I’ve been saving links to articles about HTML5. I’ve been tagging them with ‘HTML5 and accessibility’ when I saved them.

I went to my Tumblr account and searched for HTML5 and accessibility. I searched My Posts. Here are the results: 0.

tumblr search results

I tried searching My Dashboard. I got four results, because they were all on the first page of the blog.

I found an actual link entry with the tag visible under the link. I tried clicking on the tag itself. Got the same four recent results.

help results

I went to the Help files. Nothing.

I kept trying. Then I found the secret. The secret is to add the hash sign to your search string.

tag search secret

When I did that, I got the pages and pages of results that I was looking for. Whew.

Really, Tumblr, how long would it take you to write a Help file explaining how to search for tags?

8 thoughts on “Tumblr tag search”

  1. Thank you! I just spent 5 minutes trying to figure this out on my own. I was about to give up but your post was at the top of my google search! Perfect.

  2. My gosh, I’m relatively web savvy and couldn’t figure it out. Lol.

    I would imagine there are tons of folks who want to search but don’t know how and can’t waste time trying to figure out something that should be dead simple.

    Oh my.

    Thanks for the tip! It helped.


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