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Dec 20, 2018 20:35:43

Digital Communities - Tumblr

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Julian Canlas

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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. 

Tumblr

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. 

Origins

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.

Plateau

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.

Decline

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. 

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    @juliancanlas

    "I was too tired and drunk to write anything meaningful." Become Bukowski ?

    "growth has been steadily decreasing, dropping from 32.8% in 2014 to a projected 4.4% in 2020" 4.4% growth is still huge :O

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 20, 2018 20:57:56
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      @basilesamel Yeah, if this is compound, still obviously huge, but they will have to basically squeeze everything through monetisation in order to break even, because Tumblr is, well, humongous. And the graph doesn't really even account for activity.

      '"I was too tired and drunk to write anything meaningful." Become Bukowski ?'

      Omg a literary reference within the maker community. Tell me the day :O.

      Julian Canlas avatar Julian Canlas | Dec 20, 2018 21:13:55
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    @juliancanlas I've also been thinking there's space for a new service to replace Tumblr. It's stagnated for years and declining as you say. I haven't seen any other blogging platform that offers the same mix of customisability, anonymity, and ease of use as Tumblr.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Dec 20, 2018 20:55:51
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      @keenencharles Onion services ???

      Julian Canlas avatar Julian Canlas | Dec 20, 2018 21:11:22
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