Maybe it’s just me, but I find the little rants rotating in a popular mini-blogging site called Tumblr about Facebook users migrating to it a little…immature.
This is just my opinion, though. I believe that anyone who wants to blog—no matter what ways they use to express themselves, no matter what their choice of words is, no matter where they want to post, no matter who they are—can blog, as long as they’re not violating laws of any sort. Maybe I’m a little too involved in my course, but as a budding writer and journalism student I strongly believe in freedom of expression. What if that certain person only knows one means in expressing himself? Is it his problem that lots of people happen to dislike this said means?
I’m afraid that there will come a day when the majority of Tumblr people will turn out as bashers and cyber bullies—which is freaking ironic, since lots of people there claim to support anti-bullying campaigns.
Whenever I see memes discussing this little dilemma on Tumblr, I just shake my head. I just don’t get the point, that’s all. I attempt to understand, but whenever I ask other people, I still find the answers insufficient and unfair. So yeah, maybe there are jerks, pervs, egoists, nerds, trolls, *insert other labels here* who came from Facebook—big deal. There are some folks there who kept on reblogging nonsense or promote themselves to gain followers—maybe they have so little friends in real life and just wanted to turn the tables online? I don’t mind. Guys, there’s always that wee button called “unfollow” on your blogs, let it do its job. Keeping the said people away from Tumblr is like saying, “we’re awesome and you’re not, so stay away from tumblr”. It’s like saying, “you cannot express yourself well without sounding like the cheap person that you are, so you’re not allowed to air your thoughts here”. It’s like saying, “we are white, and since you’re black, you can’t go here.” I’m very sorry but these are the analogies I came up with regarding the situation; to me, it all looks like discrimination.
This sort of ruins the spirit of Tumblr. For me, it’s not just a mini-blogging site—it’s a place where DIFFERENT people from all over the world can connect through little similarities. Those “awkward moments”, those typographies and quotes that everyone can relate to, nostalgic posts that can make everyone go “aww, yes I did that too”… it’s a very special abode for me. It still is, but little doubts about its residents are sprouting in my heart already.
The first time I saw a post concerning these rants, I wondered what the real reason is. I thought everyone is fussing about how the servers go down frequently because of its many users, so they’re trying not to expand the population of the site by not telling Facebook users about it. Seriously, it’s not like your Tumblr dashboard is linked to your heartbeat; you may have online friends there, but not they’re not ONLY friends, I bet. Whenever Tumblr is unavailable I read a book, chat with my friends and family, study my lesson—all of which I can tell my Tumblr peers about. Real life. I hate it when Tumblr goes down, but then again, Twitter goes down too—and I’ve never heard of Tweeps shooing away other people so it won’t go down again. I think the said reason is immature, so I shrugged it off. But I didn’t think there will be an even more childish and sorta selfish reason.
Again this is just my opinion. No matter what angle you look at it from, Tumblr will NEVER be just an underground site, and trying to keep away “other” people from it doesn’t make the site better. Honestly, I don’t think David Karp wants it to have only a very small population; after all, he’s still a businessman *thinks of Mark Zuckerberg’s story about Facebook*. If Tumblr becomes more famous than it is now, don’t you think he will benefit from that? I’ll be happy for him, because he created a place that I enjoy staying in.
I’ll still promote Tumblr, because I know people will have fun there; it’s up to them how they will express themselves, but what’s important is that they’re happy blogging whatever they want to blog. It’s their freedom.