I never saw this mermaid movie

via Meme Generator

Tumblr is a great blogging platform for the flash-in-the-pan meme. Justin Bieber recently stirred some controversy by saying in a Rolling Stone interview that he was anti-abortion. And voila, a Tumblr called Apologist Bieber that is nothing but variations on something he said in the context of abortion and rape: “Everything happens for a reason.” Then there was the Tumblr that popped up after Arcade Fire won Album of the Year at the Grammys highlighting the dumbfounded reactions of many people after the Canadian band won the most coveted gramophone statuette. Several Tumblrs got a lot of attention last year, including one called Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things and Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber. Some mainstream media outlets are dabbling in Tumblr, such as Newsweek, and even The New Yorker. I don’t know why.

Maybe some social media snake-oil salesmen consultants told them they needed to be on Tumblr. There are, after all, nearly 14 million Tumblr blogs. They don’t fit in and should stick to reporting about Tumblr, as Time magazine does here. Some call it microblogging, but there is no text limit on Tumblr. Its original selling feature was that it was super easy to use. But the new selling point is the social network that has developed on Tumblr. Everybody is sharing, or what Tumblr calls “reblogging.” You don’t simply give someone’s elses post a thumbs up, you reblog that post on your Tumblr. It becomes a part of you in a sense. It can make appear more clever than you really are. I created a Tumblr account last year to help promote a documentary I made. However, I didn’t understand Tumblr then and I did almost nothing with it. I’ve created a new account to experiment with. If for nothing else, I can just reblog other people’s cleverness. I wonder if I can reblog my WordPress blog on Tumblr? I’ll never be as good as the Maury Povich humor Tumblr, The Results Are In!

Bonus: Here’s a video of a young lady explaining Tumblr rules.

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