By: Sydney D
I was a fresh faced twelve- going on thirteen- year old, when my best friend (at the time) introduced me to Tumblr. He told me what was then the famous phrase at the time amoung Tumblr users, “What happens on Tumblr, stays on Tumblr” (That obviously is not the case in 2018). And just like that I was signed up onto Tumblr, and now exposed to pretentious art blogs, black and white photography, and millions upon millions of post about bands Fall Out Boy and Pierce The Veil. I was very much knee deep into my emo phase, but I had found my online social community of like minded individuals.
Who would’ve thought that just a short five years later Tumblr wouldn’t be as popular. Yeah, I said it. And anyone who has been on Tumblr for awhile knows it too. Tumblr in all honesty has been overrun by some very crud automated accounts (My mother reads this blog so I won’t be saying you know what). Most of the communities I involved myself with jumped ship back in 2015, moving over to socials like Twitter and Instagram. I could probably tie that to how we wanted all our awkwards behavior in the “shadows” of the internet, only to go mainstream when we outgrew the atrocities of puberty. But that seems very much like self-projection.
Nevertheless, the point is that Tumblr has been dying way before its NSFW ban announcement earlier this December. People starting jumping ship when Yahoo bought it, people jumped ship when Tumblr started putting in Ads, people jumped ship when Tumblr refused to resolve issues that they now cite as the reason for their removal from Apple. From a personal stance, I now only go on Tumblr if I’m posting my writing or want to catch people’s thoughts on the latest Supernatural episode. I- like most of my peers- spend more time on Twitter and Instagram now.
So, what now? Well, personally I think Yahoo is going to sell Tumblr eventually, or maybe even just cut their losses and pull the plug. But realistically, there are still places for things that do a complete 180 on their brand (I’m talking about the original Emo King, Myspace).
However maybe Tumblr will backtrack on it's word (wouldn’t be a first time), I mean as they can probably see now, there is a huge market for people who are willing to allow (legal) freedom of expression.
Anyways, I know this isn’t exactly life altering stuff here, but I felt like writing it! Comment below your thoughts on this whole Tumblr fiasco and whether or not you even have a Tumblr.
And as always thanks for reading!!
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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