I’m so sick of seeing people tearing other people down on tumblr. I’m not trying to be Mother Teresa here. I’m not going to try and say that I haven’t thrown a few Jakob and Julia comments around, but I don’t get when people get so consumed by these things that they constantly must post about it. I just discovered a whole tumblr devoted to ripping apart people’s tumblrs. (which I don’t care to link to, you can find it on your own) “Feeling a little too good about yourself? Follow me and I’ll knock you down a peg or two.” Why? This is so sad. You don’t know these people. How is this benefiting anyone? Tumblr is a great place to share the content you enjoy and your thoughts. If you don’t like it…don’t follow it. It’s as easy as that.
I was getting back from college, around 11:30pm, to get my bus. While I was walking to get there, some guy suddenly stood in front of me and said something like “Gimme some change now, bro.”
I polited said “No.” And kept walking, without stopping. 10 seconds later, I noticed somebody following me. I turned to see who it was, and there he was again; after he saw me seeing him following me, he stepped forward and tried to say something like “You’re gonna gimme what I ask, you..” But I was so scared and nervous that I stopped, turned again and said “You can try, motherfucker. Just try.” I was shivering, trembling, my heart was almost popping out of my chest. For my suprise, the guy chicken out. He was scared (I think he didn’t see that comming) and just said, walking away “I just wanted some help, son of a bitch” and went away. I stood there, for a few seconds, with my heart at 1000 RPM. Then I got back on my path to the bustop.
I’ve noticed an interesting trend lately on my and my friends posts: more and more people I don’t know are reblogging. Tumblr is showing a classic social network growth spurt and beginning to pull in whole new circles of users. That’s a good thing for Tumblr, but it’s only good for me as long as I like what these new people are saying.
In any successful social network you need to tools to filter the crap (i.e. delete comment or vote down). But how do you filter someone reusing your thoughts? How do you maintain a high level of discussion with no moderation? I don’t think you can…