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So Sell Me on Tumblr

Tumblr: I have to admit, I completely don't get it, don't understand how to use it, and haven't been able to figure out the appeal, especially when there are so many other social media out there.

So, someone who gets it and likes it, please evangelize. I'd like to know what the big deal is.

If you don't like, don't get, or don't use Tumblr, please don't make the obligatory "I sneer at your Tumblr!"-type comment. I'm on an information-gathering expedition here, not looking for a geekfight.

-The Gneech

PS: I has one. Don't know what (if anything) I'm going to do with it. But I has one. http://the-gneech.tumblr.com/

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Slypenslyde
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
As a blogging platform I don't know that tumblr offers anything over any other well-established one. It's got a ton of customizability via themes; that's a positive if you've got some design sense.

It's the /reading/ blogs aspect of tumblr that seems a little interesting. Your tumblr dashboard is more or less an RSS reader of posts from every other tumblr blog you follow, stripped of theming. You /can/ accomplish the same thing with an RSS reader and some footwork, but the tumblr way's pretty low-friction.

There's also apps for smartphones, but the reading experience is much better than the posting experience on those, and even then I'm not certain it's better than visiting the web interface.

If you're in a comfortable groove with LJ and already have a process for seeing updates from the people you want to see, I don't think you should fix what ain't broke.
the_gneech
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Someone on Twitter described Tumblr as "LiveJournal + retweeting." :) Would you say that was accurate?

-TG
ceruleanst
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think it's more like WordPress + retweeting. It's an interconnected publishing platform, simple to add content to, but strains to meet any definition of "social" because a conversation is practically impossible.
kylet
Jul. 6th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I've also been wondering about Tumblr, and have gotten that impression (especially the "social" part). Thank you for confirming my suspicions. :-)
the_gneech
Jul. 6th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Thanks. :)

-TG

PS: I like that icon. Have I ever mentioned that?
rowyn
Jul. 6th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Your tumblr dashboard is more or less an RSS reader of posts from every other tumblr blog you follow, stripped of theming.

That's exactly how I'd describe my LJ friends page ... can you explain what the difference is with Tumblr? (Genuinely curious, not trying to harass you. :) )

I got the impression Tumblr made it more seamless to post image content than LJ does, but I don't know if that's actually the case.
rebelsheart
Jul. 6th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
You can reply to someone on LiveJournal, but - in general - not on Tumblr.
c_eagle
Jul. 7th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Been sorta wondering that m'self.... it seems like so much less than other sites like blogger/blogspot, wordpress, or even LJ already offer...
torakiyoshi
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I, too, am curious about this system. *Puts a tag to watch for responses.*
applejinx
Jul. 6th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I've got several. The most successful one was Pony Clop Haiku, but I also made one for Daily Music which I did for about a month and a half (nobody knew it was there though).

I can't figure out what gets you to be cool on tumblr, but as far as an easy way to just toss up a whole variety of possible content, it is good. And you get to sculpt the 'home page' for your content in a lot of interesting ways, though I doubt many people really refer to tumblogs through the home page- I think people mostly just follow stuff and then see the new posts coming in on their own dashboards.
mehndix
Jul. 6th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
I guess, for artists it's a chance to reach a broader audience. If you use the right tags people can search and find your related art. That's as far I've gotten. X)
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