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Tumblr’s Unclear Future

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

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    Brian Feldman, writing at New York Magazine:

    The future of Tumblr is still an open question. The site is enormously popular among the coveted youth crowd — that’s partly why then-CEO Marissa Mayer paid $1 billion for the property in 2013 — but despite a user base near the size of Instagram’s, Tumblr never quite figured out how to make money at the level Facebook has led managers and shareholders to expect.

    I haven’t read a Tumblr blog regularly since Property of Zack closed down. I haven’t even logged into my account in quite a while now. What’s the main Tumblr use case these days?

  2. Brenden

    Trusted Prestigious

    If you have to ask its p0rn
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  3. GEM37

    She haunts the roads

    There is that, although I predominantly use it to keep up with illustrators I'm interested in.
  4. Anticitizen7

    Please be kind. Like actually kind though.

    This, and for my personal sense of humor Tumblr seems to pump out some of the best memes.
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  5. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    Tumblr is at its core a long-form blog platform and I think that's just missing in general from social media. At its peak it was a really easy way for artists to share their interests and occasionally the kind of long blog post that didn't work well on Twitter. Taylor Swift and Halsey come to mind as musicians who had big Tumblr accounts.

    For average users it's also somehow more personal. Most people didn't add people they knew IRL, so it became a real community with other users who shared those interests.

    I think users are having those needs met by Twitter and Reddit now though. Visiting Tumblr feels like visiting MySpace now and there's so much less engagement than there used to be. Pretty sure this is its death spiral and yet another failure for Yahoo.
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  6. macbethfan

    Regular Supporter

    Yeah.... I have to agree here. It's definitely porn.
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  7. Iamhollywood315


    Tumblr is really only used for porn or someone bitching about an injustice.
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  8. PandaBear!

    Trusted Prestigious

    I use Tumblr to mindlessly scroll through pictures, that's it. Whole site is full of those sarcastic asshole types and the anonymous message feature has to be one of the worst things I've ever encountered online - people found out I had a blog with anons turned on and sent me some pretty gross abuse :tear:
    Also p0rn...
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  9. esposimi

    Regular Prestigious

    Deleted my Tumblr account years ago and I was glad I did.
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  10. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    tumblr is used for small personal blogging in a specific group of people (mostly younger, more alternative teens and young adults). some of the things people used tumblr for made no sense on the platform
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  11. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    Never got into tumblr because every time I would scroll I would get wang'd
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  12. Tylar


    I have no clue, yet here I am 8 years later still scrolling down
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  13. I Am Mick

    @gravebug Prestigious

    I still post my artwork and writing to my tumblr even though nobody sees it/likes it. Other than Instagram, I just don't know where else to share it
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  14. Nick

    @fangclubb Prestigious

    I made some great friends on tumblr tbh, mostly I just used it to reblog others pictures and talk to people.

    Now, porn.
  15. Raku


    The only use I had for it (outside of following blink-182 when they were active on there) was for my college portfolio class where we had to create our own "professional" website, and tumblr was the easy option to choose from.

    Other than that, I find no use for the website.