Tumblr is a collection of contemporary culture, a piece of the cultural zeitgeist. Users can follow blogs from celebrities, politicians, athletes, and fashion designers.An excellent platform for artists and musicians looking to connect with their fans, Tumblr has become one of the most popular apps and websites for young people.
What parents may not know is that Tumblr has been influential in creating communities around teens and individuals interested in social justice and has played a large part in the shift toward equality. In practice, however, Tumblr is home to a large collection of lewd or inappropriate content that should be kept away from teens.
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with gymnastic tumbling. Tumblr is a blogging platform like WordPress or Blogger that allows its users to post and share content. It’s unique in the ability to “re-blog” content from other users and to curate a collage of articles, photos, and videos that all express a single user’s personal aesthetic. Teens love this because it allows them to express their individuality while interacting with a community of people who share the same aesthetics.
Who’s in this community? Anyone. Literally anyone. Tumblr is well known for requiring very little information from its users. All you need is an email address and a username/password to sign-up, and then you have access to almost every single thing ever posted to Tumblr. As a rule, “Tumbleblogs,” as they’re called, are public and cannot be made private unless you decide to set up a second blog. Individual posts can be made private before they’re published, but only if you select that setting. Otherwise, everything you post is available to every other user.