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What is the appeal of Tumblr?

To me, it just seems like a bunch of re-posting and no actual interaction.  Am I doing it wrong?
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From: saloonperfume
2012-11-25 12:45 am (UTC)

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I think you're pretty much right. It's low-interaction unless you're a girl who posts tits and has anon messaging enabled.

I'm addicted, though.
[User Picture]From: kmeghan
2012-11-25 02:32 am (UTC)

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This. I do check my dashboard a lot... but I follow people I like and things like museums and whatnot.
[User Picture]From: schexyschteve
2012-11-25 12:46 am (UTC)

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Nope, that's about it. Idk why it's fun, it just is.
[User Picture]From: crucified
2012-11-25 12:52 am (UTC)

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That's pretty much what it is, but I just really enjoy it.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-11-25 12:52 am (UTC)

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It was not made for people who want to connect with one another. I remember when they first tried selling it as an easy way to blog. No matter what they say it is not blogging. Blogging is home where people discuss ideas and a community. Tumblr is self absorbed on another new level.

The appeal is for people who like to only watch themselves and think they are being watch by many. Or just a great place to store your favorite pictures... it is not blogging or created to interact with others but LOOK AT WHAT I THINK IS COOL.

I like to use tumblr or just scroll through pictures and share them with my SO. But I don't make it into my job like some people do.
[User Picture]From: manicgummibear
2012-11-25 02:26 am (UTC)

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I also scroll and send funny pics to my SO at work.

I was really disappointed when I started a blog and it wasn't....you know. Really...for blogging. It's for neat gifs.
[User Picture]From: angi_is_altered
2012-11-25 12:56 am (UTC)

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It's fun and harmless. I love it and yes I reblogg mostly but sometimes I post original stuff.
[User Picture]From: itsnotfairlaika
2012-11-25 01:19 am (UTC)

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That's the reason why I don't have an account. I enjoy the contact I have with my LJ friends. And I post waaaay more text than I do photos.
[User Picture]From: running_jumping
2012-11-25 01:27 am (UTC)

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I'm kind of wondering why so many people don't use lj anymore. I'm not sure where everyone went, because tumblr is such a poor substitute.

Sigh. I miss the old days.
[User Picture]From: itsnotfairlaika
2012-11-25 02:10 am (UTC)

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I think it's because the shift has moved away from writing, sadly. People just want to look at pictures or post one-sentence updates (Twitter). I write gigantic posts in my LJ and barely anyone comments anymore whereas a few years ago, I would get lots. I know it's because people just don't want to take the time to read :(
[User Picture]From: dreamabella
2012-11-25 03:40 am (UTC)

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I'm the same way. I used to post a lot per entry, but hardly anyone comments or posts on LJ anymore. I love Twitter, but not for the same reasons I love LJ. I wish I had more people on my friends list posting actual entries. I see mostly community posts on my friends list now.
[User Picture]From: running_jumping
2012-11-25 08:28 am (UTC)

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I'm guilty of not posting in my journal, but I have always loved communities. I miss when I used to sit and watch House and talk to people in real time. There's always redit, but sooooo many people.
[User Picture]From: itsnotfairlaika
2012-11-25 09:24 pm (UTC)

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Well you're welcome to friend me if you want, I post actual entries of the TL;DR variety :P Mostly melodramatic posts about my personal life, though.
[User Picture]From: dreamabella
2013-07-09 03:42 am (UTC)

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Sorry! Somehow I missed your comment (I'm cleaning out my email inbox and I just found the notification email associated with your comment). I just added you to my friends list. :0)
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2012-11-25 12:29 pm (UTC)

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Facebook is a big factor.
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-11-25 01:22 am (UTC)

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some people do interact there and post journal-like entries, but it's less geared toward that
[User Picture]From: nightmer
2012-11-25 01:22 am (UTC)

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Yeah, the main draw is just getting to see lots and lots of content. But it's easy enough to interact with people if you want to. You can always message people or comment while reblogging if you want more interaction.
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2012-11-25 01:24 am (UTC)

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the people are 10X cooler, its less recycled content. idk i just love it, if a few lj people i love dont come back soon i may as well delete this
[User Picture]From: lovemeinfocus
2012-11-25 01:56 am (UTC)

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For me, it's a place to connect with people in my fandom. I have a (probably unhealthy) obsession with Castle, and instead of freak out all my IRL friends or people on my LJ, I use my Tumblr as my Castle outlet.
[User Picture]From: running_jumping
2012-11-25 02:03 am (UTC)

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So do you follow a few different blogs and get them all in a feed? Do you search 'castle' and just see what rolls out? Do you interact with other Castle fans or just re-post?
[User Picture]From: lovemeinfocus
2012-11-25 03:05 am (UTC)

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At first you do have to deliberately search for what you're interested in, until you find people to follow. Now I have a group of people I follow, and we fangirl back and forth with each other. I'm a social critter and need interaction, so if there wasn't any, I'd be long gone.
[User Picture]From: rainbowstevie
2012-11-25 02:06 am (UTC)

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To me, Tumblr functions (or should function) mostly like an online scrapbook, which holds immense appeal for someone like me, who loves the idea of scrapbooks but has no willpower to maintain one.

Fandom seems to have inexplicably moved fanfic and discussion there, which is baffling to me, but I guess if you know people who have one or do enough direct-messaging with people who have similar interests, you can make friends and then communicate via reblogging and adding comments below that? It seems to work for other people, so I'm using this icon to represent the average Tumblr user.
[User Picture]From: manicgummibear
2012-11-25 02:24 am (UTC)

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I started a blog on there and people would "like" my posts, but yeah, I was put off by the lack of interaction. I don't get it and wonder if I'm doing it wrong.
[User Picture]From: spiffle
2012-11-25 02:31 am (UTC)

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Porn.
[User Picture]From: running_jumping
2012-11-25 02:38 am (UTC)

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Now we're talking.
[User Picture]From: spiffle
2012-11-25 02:44 am (UTC)

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Just search for anything and you're bound to come across some porn. I'm honestly surprised to be the only person whose mentioned porn tho, that's the first thing I thought of.
[User Picture]From: wondermilk
2012-11-25 03:16 am (UTC)

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yeah i feel it's that way too for mainly blogs that are just images without any context behind them. i always get weirded out by people who say stuff like how they love all their followers when all these "followers" do is reblog pictures that aren't even their own original content. they just seem desperate. the way the get angry/sad enough to make a post about how they lost a follower, like their eye is glued on their follower count. so they're vain and desperate. plus, most of them are teenagers. vain, desperate teenagers. ugh, young people.
and I hate HATE that tumblr doesn't have a feature that lets me know if someone changed their url. how the hell am i supposed to know who i'm following?

but i love the feminist and people of color blogs. that's some reblogging i like. i learn new things from them everyday. amazing people. it's honestly helped me build some self-esteem and find my identity.

Edited at 2012-11-25 03:17 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: jvmatucha
2012-11-25 03:34 am (UTC)

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I think it's appeal is that it is so simple. No dynamic page updates a la' facebook and 5,000 menus and controls of other websites. Just the basics!
[User Picture]From: sofriggencoolx
2012-11-25 03:53 am (UTC)

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It makes me feel more creative. I mostly use mine to share stuff with my boyfriend on it, to be honest haha
[User Picture]From: lostthekey
2012-11-25 05:27 am (UTC)

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pretty much. You aren't missing anything.
[User Picture]From: boomboxrobot
2012-11-25 07:43 am (UTC)

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I use mine to promote my real blog, haha. I write about classic film, so on tumblr I post a ton of classic film-related images. I have it hooked up with WordPress so my blog posts automatically get linked in a tumblr post and it generates a lot of views. I also use it to host some of the screen captures that I use in my blog posts so they don't take up room on my crappy laptop.
[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-11-25 08:38 am (UTC)

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I thought it was just me. I keep thinking I'm missing something. What's the point of just posting stuff with no feedback. At least I am not alone.
[User Picture]From: aislincalum
2012-11-25 11:25 am (UTC)

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I just started a tumblr to showcase my high school friend's totally unintelligible, ridiculous posts on FB.
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2012-11-25 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Ohh, this kind of thing is the one redeeming feature of Tumblr. Link?
[User Picture]From: aislincalum
2012-11-27 06:21 am (UTC)

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http://okaysnickers.tumblr.com/

Edited at 2012-11-27 06:28 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2012-11-25 12:22 pm (UTC)

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I can't stand Tumblr, it just seems so vapid and full of too many immature young women.