– Vijetha Jessica

Among the vast majority of social networking sites, one blogging site continues to grow in popularity: Tumblr. It is a website where blogs can be created to reflect personality and to find others with similar interests. What attracted me to tumblr was its simplicity: A tumblr post is like a tweet, but longer. You can re-blog (like a re-tweet) favourite posts and enjoy a live feed of the content of your followers. Though this popular blogging site provides an outlet and source of discovery for students, there are advantages and disadvantages to creating a blog and joining the ever growing populace that is Tumblr. Not everyone is on Tumblr as it is more of a niche platform.

Tumblr has quite a few appreciable qualities. It is undeniably the best platform for image-focused content, i.e., gifs, fashion photography, hipster photos, memes, etc. Also, Not too long ago, I, along with a few other blogs, received an anon(ymous) message that stated that my blog was wonderful and that I was doing great. Anon is not the only one trying to promote a positive atmosphere- many anons use their hidden identity as a way to praise people they follow.

The main issue that users deal with on Tumblr is, firstly, the anonymous hate, a situation where someone sends a user an anonymous message with hurtful words or threats. Anon hate is a form of bullying, and there are cases on Tumblr when the anons can become overwhelming. Anon hate is a wretched practice and more prominent than one would hope. In addition, there are often arguments regarding values or opinions pertaining to current events, different kinds of blogs (fandom vs. hipster), or even popular T.V. shows, movies, video games or other forms of entertainment. Sharing opinions is not inherently bad, considering it provides an outlet, but users tend to get a little defensive and this shows through the vicious attacks on people with varying opinions.

But, the thing about Tumblr is that it isn’t much different from everyday life. Everyone expects it to be either a loving haven with people like you or a place that is filled with online predators. Tumblr has both. That is a fact that cannot be denied. However, what most fail to realize, is that the same people, good and bad, are present in our daily lives just as they are online. Social networking sites are merely another way of communicating with others. On Tumblr you will come across negativity, but you’ll also meet wonderful people that can brighten your darkest hour at any point in time.

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