oh tumblr

Feb. 16th, 2015 12:41 pm
nemonclature: Daria looking unamused (Default)
[personal profile] nemonclature
So Yahoo, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided what tumblr needs is basically a super involved 'trending' list. Cue, thefandometrics. (Not to be confused with the SPM fan-stats tumblr fandometrics... yeah, real classy on the name choice there, tumblr.)


This, is basically being presented as a 'good thing for brands' which, well yeah, I guess. They get to see how well they're doing. I can't see how it affects fandoms to be honest, unless more tumblr visibility affects decisions to axe or keep a show (Agent Carter, I'm looking at you). But I kinda doubt producers are going to give a shit, to be honest.

So this seems to be going hand in hand with a bunch of accounts being disabled/links being disabled, where copyrighted music is involved. No one seems to have the truth on whether it's just the music or whole blogs that are going.

People are freaking out a lot over these things, and on the one hand, hallelujah, lets all go back to dreamwidth. On the other hand though... It's not quite strikethrough, is it? because fandom on tumblr isn't like fandom was on LJ. We don't really have BNFs in the same way, so taking out a few high profile people isn't going to have the same knock down - up and move affect that strikethrough did.

I mean, Youtube takes down copyrighted content, that was a big deal when they started, but you know, vidders still operate on there, it hasn't really changed the face of youtube-grown vidding fandom. LJ/DW/old school vidders maybe moved to vimeo or backed up at another site. But youtube vidders just kept on going.

Tumblr is full or tumblr-grown fans, yes, there's an old school presence, but there's a lot of newbies. More newbies? I think so?

So, what I'm saying is, a couple of shut downs isn't going to stop people. It's not a small controllable fandom, it's a massive spectrum of content. And like youtube, they're never going to be able to keep up. Take down notices might come, but shit will just go up elsewhere. Fandom will adapt, maybe change tagging etiquette or something, but a move is a far greater task and we, people, are mostly lazy.

So, sorry anyone (me) who thought this might be the final tumblr deathknell. I'm pretty sure we're staying put.

Date: 2015-02-16 02:29 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod arriving on the highway, framed by Abbie's profile. (SH to not walk it alone)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Nyeah, it's gonna take a hella lot more to in any way reverse what's happened, I think. The only thing I see that might bring some of those folks over to dw is to have some BNFs in specific fandoms actually reside on dw and keeping most of their content here + some big, successful comment-fic memes that are well advertised on tumblr? idk. This format isn't the best for everyone, but we do need a way to show this place to people who'd love it and thrive here.

Not that I actually want tumblr to go down in flames. It's a fantastic place for graphics and such atm, I just wish people would move their attempts at actual dialog and discussions elsewhere :p

Date: 2015-02-16 08:20 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Journey Into Mystery: Sif is facepalming. (C ∞ urgh)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
I was aware of a couple of BNFs in Teen Wolf fandom on tumblr, meaning they had buttloads of followers, and usually wrote fic/meta or produced graphics themselves. So that's still a thing. But content is much more scattered and easily available on tumblr, that building central hubs with any kind of hold on fandom would not be an easy task.

And ditto on the way icons are set up! It's really tricky for my brain to catch who's posting what, I just breeze on by most of the time.

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