Tumblr has a new way for the microblogging site’s users to connect. For an hour Monday, members of the rock band Fall Out Boy participated in “Answer Time” -- Tumblr’s new online initiative for live question-and-answer sessions.
Fall Out Boy’s lead singer Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz answered questions submitted on Tumblr. The network has made “Ask” boxes available since 2010, but now Tumblr will be highlighting the feature in live sessions on the site.
The initiative has been compared to Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” where high-profile leaders from President Barack Obama to Apple CEO Tim Cook take user-submitted questions. But unlike Reddit AMA’s, not all questions are viewable on a message board. Instead, participants in “Answer Time” select questions and reblog them with their answers on their personal Tumblr page.
â€” Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) June 8, 2015
Fall Out Boy kicked off the initiative June 8. The Chicago band ranks in the top 10 of the site’s most popular musical acts, according to Tumblr, and the members themselves have taken a liking to the network. In fact, Fall Out Boy chose to make its Tumblr page the band’s official website in 2013.
One Tumblr user, spikey4ash, wrote in, “WHO IN THE BAND STILL SLEEPS WITH A TEDDY BEAR?” The band replied, “joe has a teddy bear from when he was a little kid that looks like a little one eyed monster now- its pretty awesome.”
“Our vision for Answer Time is to give awesomely creative people a place where they can connect with their curious fans and answer questions in a way that is as direct and honest as if you are talking with a friend,” Danielle Strle, Tumblr’s director of culture and trends, said in a statement.
Here’s the list of scheduled sessions so far:
Hip hop artist Vic Mensa (cakemensa) -- June 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
HelloGiggles co-founder Molly McAleer (molls) -- June 11 at 5 p.m. EDT
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (ppaction) -- June 12 at 12 p.m. EDT
Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp (david) -- June 16 at 2 p.m. EDT
Founded in 2007, Tumblr has more than 460 million unique visitors each month.