Yeah, I didn't blog yesterday. But it was our holiday party, and I was too tired and drunk to write anything meaningful. I'm still tired and a bit hungover - maybe arguably drunk even - but I've also been thinking about this sideproject that I want to have a working MVP at least by the first quarter of 2019.
So I'm starting a mini blog series to discuss various aspects of some online communities as stream-of-consciousness vignettes.
So, now, on to the first website - Tumblr! Tumblr has recently been in the news for altogether banning porn on their platform. This caused a lot of controversies, because Tumblr provided a safe space for these large disenfranchised segments of the pro-sex community. This decision came after getting removed on the iOS app store, because it violated child various child safety guidelines.
In a way, it's interesting how these Tumblr communities came about in the first place. When Tumblr was launched in 2007, it started off as being the go-to website for fandoms and DevianArt-based communities for its image-hosting capabilities and efficient tagging system that basically allowed users to find their own communities through a little bit of tagging search.
After 2013, Tumblr reached a plateau in terms of popularity, and despite this article implicitly predicting that Tumblr would get back on its feet, it never really did. In part, this is due to the rise of alternative publications, as the internet becomes more fragmented. And, well, people grew out of it.
Now, arguably, new changes to the social blogging platform is killing it from the inside.
As you can see, here, since 2014, growth has been steadily decreasing, dropping from 32.8% in 2014 to a projected 4.4% in 2020.