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Social Networking - Tumblr? Twitter?

What is Tumblr? I've kind of been avoiding it. :)

One of the things we have to do for our AFC Chapter is show that we are using Social Media to keep our members informed and active. We actually *had* to start a Facebook page - which I find hilarious, except for the fact that I was tasked with running the page, and I'm not a fan of FB. For the Chapter of the Year book we get 10 points for having a decent college webpage (I'm not in charge of that - thank goodness - but someone needs to be because it does need more updating than it gets right now). We get 10 points for having a Facebook page where we can prove we do recruitment, post minutes, post bylaws, etc. And we can get a final 10 points for using some other social media. My group asked if I would start a Twitter account for the Chapter, but I know I'm not great at Twitter, so I'm curious about what other social media stuff is out there as other options.

Of course, I imagine more college employees are on Twitter than Tumblr. Maybe LinkedIn - which I'm also not particularly wanting to to look into, but I understand it's very business focused (??) so perhaps it's a good choice if we had to pick one.

Blech.


"What you think about, you talk about and what you talk about, you bring about"

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rob_t_firefly
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
Tumblr is a blog where the main focus is multimedia - an image, video, or sound file, with some text on the end of it. Text-only posts exist, but they're comparatively rare.

The main functional differences between Tumblr and other blogs involve the social interaction aspect of it:

A) There is no native comment system in the traditional sense; if you want one, you have to set up a third-party comment service such as Disqus or IntenseDebate on your blog.

2) Tumblr's only interactive thing comes in the form of reblogs; you copy someone else's post to your blog in its entirety to your own, and add your comments on it to the end. Your comments then show up as a note on the original blog entry, as well as on the blogs of everyone else's reblogs of it.

c) There's also a heart-button which doesn't reblog to your own blog, just leaves a small note on the post that "(user) liked this." A post's "likes" are listed as notes on the original blog entry and wherever it's reblogged, mixed in with the reblog comments.

4) Another form of interactivity comes in the form of submissions and asks. You can enable or disable these functions for your own blog. Submissions are just what it sounds like; people make a post that gets submitted to your blog, and you can approve and post it or reject and trash it. (Lots of the themed blogs use this once they get popular, and their audiences help keep it going.) If you've ever used the site FormSpring you know what asks are; people can write anything they like to you either anonymously or as their tumblr account, and if you want to answer it it becomes a post to your Tumblr. Tumblr has no other built-in options for contacting people, not even a private DM-style thing, so any other info has to be added to your site's theme manually in the form of a "contact me" page or something.

Tumblr does seem suited to the image/quote/whatever of the day dedicated blogs, and a great deal of those are hosted on the service. (Tumblrs work really well with domain names, so many themed sites are invisibly Tumblr-powered.) A common meme on Tumblr is to name such a blog "Fuck yeah, (subject)!" or the less-sweary "F Yeah, (subject)!"

Personally, I find that while the structure of Tumblr is decent for stuff you just want to throw out there and see if it flies, it's really crap for actually holding conversations or interacting when compared to stuff like Twitter or LJ. (Imagine if every LJ comment you made reposted the entire entry and everyone else's comments on it to your own LJ! Ugh.) I decided to use my own tumblr as a dedicated art blog showcasing my own work, which means I never reblog anything apart from the occasions when somebody else posts something I've done, but others sometimes reblog my stuff if they dig it. I don't feel I'm missing out.

Here are a random handful of Tumblrs I'm following, you can see how different people and organizations use it for different types of stuff.

http://nypl.tumblr.com/
http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/
http://citationneeded.tumblr.com/
http://sesamestreet.tumblr.com/
http://androgynedream.tumblr.com/
http://reversethecharges.tumblr.com/
http://www.krisstraub.com/
http://www.themonkeysyouordered.com/
http://justinhalpern.tumblr.com/
http://doctorwho.tumblr.com/
http://comicscans.tumblr.com/
http://pagerankpopular.tumblr.com/
http://kwmurphy.tumblr.com/
http://dontouchthatdial.tumblr.com/
http://dearphotograph.com/
http://lesexoflex.tumblr.com/
http://accessmaincomputerfile.net/
http://www.captchart.com/
http://fyeahtardis.tumblr.com/
http://backofawebpage.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahdrosteeffect.tumblr.com/
madladyred
Jun. 25th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! This is EXTREMELY helpful!
rob_t_firefly
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :-D
madladyred
Jun. 27th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Dear Photograph is lovely!!

I went ahead and started an account to get a feel for it; thought I'd just dive in. If I like it maybe I can encourage the college to do this one. (Although I fear they will want Twitter.)

Anyway - I'm following you! Your page is really interesting - you are really talented!
rob_t_firefly
Jun. 27th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Best of luck with it! May I ask your username over there?

Thanks for the kind words! I sometimes forget that folks who read one of my weirdly-themed blogs such as my LJ might not be all that familiar with the other stuff I do. XD
madladyred
Jun. 27th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Truly - I had no idea about your artistic endeavors. I just knew you had amazing dreams and good taste in movies/television (Marx & MST, for example).

Your Vader/Footprints poem is brilliant. I read it to my husband who actually giggled through the entire poem. (Giggled in a manly way, of course. <-- in case he reads this post.)

I see you found my user name :D
rob_t_firefly
Jun. 27th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
There was a very subtle hint or two which led me to cleverly deduce that was you. :-D
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