With an average of 2,000,000 posts and 15,000 users joining a day, the blogging website Tumblr has come a long way since 2007 when David Karp first founded it. Today, it’s beginning to pose a threat to other blogging platforms such as Livejournal, which was popular between 2007 and 2008.
“I love Tumblr,” says sophomore Aleia Hayag. “It’s a micro-blog, so it’s easier to get your point across while keeping things simple because you can use different forms of blogging, like photos and quotes, to get your point across.”
Unlike Livejournal, Tumblr is a micro-blog like Twitter and the first of its kind. Micro-blogs differ from the traditional blog, because its contents tend to be smaller, which basically means less reading. However, like traditional blogging, users can post about anything they like, from what they’re doing at the moment to the random things they like.
“I like how people can express their feelings and emotions there, although it causes drama,” says sophomore Tiquila Deguzman. “It’s fun and you can learn from the pictures there…I’m a Tumblr addict. L-O-L.”
To many people, Tumblr is an escape, a place to get away from the real world and vent their feelings. Using Tumblr, people’s voices can be heard by their “followers”, other Tumblr users who choose to follow their blog on their dashboard. This reason is most likely why it became popular among teenagers and young adults who, evidently, have a lot to say.
Tumblr users have seven main forms of content that they can add to their blog: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio, and video. Users can also reblog other users’ posts to add the content to their own blog if they want to show their followers, as well as select the “heart” button to let the user who posted it know they like the content.
Not everyone who uses Tumblr has to make their posts visible to the world.
“For me, Tumblr is like a journal,” says sophomore Vyvyan Nguyen. “I can put my Tumblr on private, so I’m able to put personal stuff on it and only I can read it.”
However, Tumblr, like everything, isn’t perfect. Many users dislike the inconvenience of reblogging and how difficult it is to use some of its features. Despite these problems, Tumblr is still popular among SWCTA students.