Tumblr is the next big thing

Tumblr, the popular blogging software, is a hosted blogging service that enables users to post notes, audio, video, photographs, quotes, links and conversations all in one place. Not a full blogging system like WordPress or MovableType and not a micro-blogging service like Twitter, Tumblr is, I believe, a middle-ground between the two. I believe this to be the next big thing. Here’s why.

Internet users of today are part-taking in a social web, connecting and interacting with other internet users on a global scale. This has caused users to want to write more frequently, letting others know what they are up to via status updates on various social networks. In addition to writing more frequently, users seem to be writing less in many respects. Shorter snippets of content, designed to communicate in as simple a way as possible (140 characters, as a popular example) the message that they are wishing to share. Due to this shortened nature of content, users are also sharing more photographs and content of different types, enabling the same level of communication through an alternate medium.

Why aren’t there more South Africans on Tumblr?

I believe this question to be pertinent, of late. Why aren’t more South Africans on Tumblr? It seems like the service hasn’t really taken off here. The microblogging – come – blogging – come – information sharing service is the perfect way for inexperienced internet users to be introduced to the web and concepts used throughout websites that they will most likely end up using most frequently. Here are a few of these concepts.

Just what is Tumblr anyway?

What’s that? It smells like Twitter, yet tastes like blogging. Ah, it must be Tumblr. And what a great smell and taste it has. Tumblr is a tumblogging service that allows users to create streams of blog posts, photographs, videos, audio, links and quotes on their very own tumblog. The first line of this post, to me, rings true. This is why.

So it’s kind of like some sort of Twitter-y thing?

When a user logs into Tumblr, they view a feed of all the users they are following. This concept, much like the “following users” concept, is similar to that of Twitter. In addition to this, the reblogging facility of Tumblr is similar to “retweeting” on Twitter.