Why Not Try Tumblr?
Launched in 2007 the microblogging site Tumblr has been attracting more users recently because of its easy to use posting interface and simple set up process. Once an account is created users can post various forms of content including photos, text, videos, and links to their “tumblelogs” (the word is a combination of Tumblr and blogs).
Tumblr is a free service that makes blog posting easy while also incorporating social networking and discovery features. Tumblr users can easily create an account, post their own items, and explore what other Tumblr users are posting. Users can subscribe to other users’ tumblelogs and see what they are posting. Social networking-like features make it easy for Tumblr users to “Like” and repost what others have already posted. Users can add additional text as well as tags to their posts making them easier to find in searches.
According to a recent article from Mashable.com, Tumblr experienced a 218% growth rate between June 2010 and June 2011. The site has also seen a dramatic growth in funding. While most Tumblr users are located in the United States, the platform does have a growing international presence and is available in multiple languages.
Tumblr provides themes and customizable templates for users’ Tumblr pages. Tumblr provides ways for users to communicate through messages but is somewhat limited when it comes to the ability to leave comments on posts. Some themes provide the ability to include RSS feeds making it even easier for non-Tumblr users to subscribe and follow posts.
Several libraries have turned to Tumblr as an alternative to meet their blog needs. In the South Central Region, we see the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library is using Tumblr to post photos and updates about their library renovations: http://renovate-briscoe.tumblr.com/. The New York Public Library is also using Tumblr.
For additional tips about getting started with Tumblr, try A Complete Guide To Tumblr by Cameron Chapman.