Pattern Recognition - Goodbye Tumblr
February 5th, 2014
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Goodbye Tumblr
Made a Tumblr account about a week ago.

Using Tumblr was like eating a cake and slowly realizing it had been made with spoiled eggs.

Just deleted the account. I know nobody's using LJ any more but this is home.

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From:chrismwage
Date:February 5th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
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YAY
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From:twoeleven
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
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Yup, nobody here but us nobodies.
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From:st_rev
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
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ohyou.jpg
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From:luagha
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
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Tumblr is for pet pictures, really.
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From:st_rev
Date:February 6th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
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Yeah. It's bad in both obvious and subtle ways. Punishes communication and rewards posing and grandstanding. Goes a long way to explain the culture it's spawned.
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From:drethelin
Date:February 6th, 2014 06:56 am (UTC)
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I really like it for all the part of it that you couldn't really call a culture
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2014 08:22 am (UTC)
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I don't see the "punishes communication" thing. I honestly, genuinely don't get it. I've heard a couple of people say this, but I've never understood what they mean.

I mean, yes, it lacks this kind of reply chain. But it still has reply chains (via reblog-with-add, which is basically how people have been using email for the last 15 years, for better or worse) and while it's certainly bandwidth-inefficient, once you get used to it, it's just another method.

Of course, I'm certainly biased, having had more fun on Tumblr than all the other "social media" sites combined over the last few years. Tumblr is where I get my crazy fan batshittery on, and I like that. We are in a goddam golden age of crazy fanac, and I love it.

But also, I've met more people IRL via there than I did even via, say, Livejournal in its heyday, particularly thanks to things like Jaegercon, the online entirely-fun-run convention for Pacific Rim, which spawned meetups and showings in dozens of cities worldwide. And VirtualCon, which did the same sorts of things. VirtualCon had livecast panels, with live questions from audience. I ran a couple of them. It was awesome.

So to me, the fact that this kind of thing happens there conflicts with the idea that it punishes communication, at least, as I see it.

As for rewarding posing and grandstanding, whelp, that's what they said about myspace and Livejournal, so... guilty as charged? XD
From:lhn
Date:February 6th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
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I haven't spent a lot of time on Tumblr. (Mainly because the rise of the animated gif officially sealed my status as Too Old to Get It. For its primary users, this is probably a feature in terms of keeping Tumblr from being flooded by mom and dad and Aunt Clara a la Facebook.)

So I'm curious: is it possible to go up and down the reply chains you describe? Or do you only see those reblog-with-add responses if you're also friends with (or otherwise watching?) the person who replies?
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
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You look at the post's Notes and you can see all the likes, reblogs (and the first part of any added text), and so on. Also, if anybody reblogs from you, even if you don't know them/aren't following them, you get specific notification of that on your dash. I think you also get the preview.
From:lhn
Date:February 6th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I begin to see. When I go to a randomly selected Tumblr and look at the Notes below, I see notes to the effect that "X reblogged this from Y", which are just links to those respective Tumblrs (i.e. x.tumblr.com and y.tumblr.com), starting at the most recent post. (So there's no link to where it's reblogged if you don't want to dig through their last forty posts looking for it.)

But I now see that if they've added commentary, the preview is a link to that reblog post. (I'm guessing the posts I've looked at had a huge ratio of likes and silent reblogs to those links, which is why I hadn't noticed them.)

Your rock and/or roll still just sounds like a lot of noise to me. (I prefer my conversations collated, sequential, preferably threaded, and with a minimum of looping motion. :- ) ) But at least I begin to comprehend how it functions for the people who do use it. Thanks!
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
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My rock and roll sounds like this, actually. Which may also sound like noise to you! I don't know. XD

I do agree that following threads involving other people is harder, though, yeah. Doable, but harder - particularly on popular posts. But the everything-included-in-reblogs helps; you find the most recent reblog in that thread, and there it all is.
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From:solarbird
Date:February 6th, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
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(Just so it's clear: I'm not trying to talk you into liking Tumblr. But I would like it if you can explain what this whole 'punishes communication' thing is, because while I genuinely do not get it, it's not unique to you. So... what?)
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From:sylphon
Date:February 6th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
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pet pictures, reblogged comics, and sex it seems
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From:temper_day
Date:February 6th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
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I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

I summon Emily Dickinson. Tumblr takes 15 points of damage.
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