Extra Credit – The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

“The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens,” was really awesome article showing some of its biggest stars, many of them who have made serious money through their blogs, and examining how Tumblr is so different from the “mainstream” social media.

While teens on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube build up their followings by turning themselves and their lives into digital open books, sharing as many personal images and details as possible to the world. Tumblr users become success stories by basically doing the opposite. It’s a network that thrives on anonymity, according to Reeve. “You don’t tell people your Tumblr URL, you aren’t logging the banalities of your day,  you aren’t even you,” Reeve writes. “On Tumblr, you can revel in anonymity, say whatever you want without fear of it going on your permanent record.”

I didn’t realize how much serious money goes in to a popular tumblr account. I just always thought tumblr was just for really cool pictures with basic profiles and stuff and people would reblog your pictures if they really like it. I think its great that the internet has become so popular that people can make money of social media accounts. So you can basically make a living of just using your computer/phone and being really creative and basically being yourself. So many people of instgram that are “instagram famous” make like $1000 a post from some company or even make money of advertisements posting an advertisement. I know a lot of people that hate on that though like “why are they making that much money of that, their not even doing anything with no skills” I just respect the hustle if you can get away with doing that and making good money of posting instagram advertisements or tweeting then thats dope.

That amount of less information that tumblr uses is what makes Tumblr users so successful. “To grow a following on Tumblr beyond people you know, you have to post more than updates on your personal life, you need stuff that will resonate with strangers,” Reeve writes. And apparently the stuff that resonates tends to be far from the humble brags that dominate the likes of Instagram. “A decade of trend pieces has deemed millennial to be narcissists, but Tumblr humor for this generation is self deprecating and anti aspirational,” Reeve notes. “Being a social outcast can make you a better social observer of the gap between our real selves and our public image.” I thought Reeves was right on the money with that quote, I never really thought about it in those terms of social media.

I really enjoyed this article a lot, it was definitely a long read but it was really interesting and really gave me a new perspective of social media and all the crazy things that comes with it. I think this is only the beginning to be honest, I think its going to just expand and get bigger even though it already huge and probably 95% of all teens have a social media account and probably multiple different accounts. All my friends have everything from Fb, Twitter, Instagram at the least. Thats not including Tumblr, Youtube, Tinder, Vine, linkedIn, Flickr, etc.


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