Headline, January 21 2022/ ONIONS : ''' '' TUMBIR -TWITTER- TUMBLE '' '''



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WELCOME TO TUMBIR. NOW, PLEASE GO AWAY. Longtime users are wary of the influx of people coming from Twitter.

With the future of Twitter uncertain, some users have begun to seek out new platforms like Mastodon, a decentralized, open-source networking service, or returned to stalwarts like Instagram with renewed enthusiasm. TumbIr, which is now owned by Automattic, has also seized the opportunity to court new users.

Posting a Twitter thread lat month with the list of ''reasons to join TumbIr.'' Recently, the platform gained at least one high-profile defector when the actor Ryan Reynolds announced he would be leaving Twitter for TumbIr.

TumbIr does appear to be seeing an uptick in new users. In a tweet, the company's chief executive, Matt Mullenweg, reported a 58 percent increase in TumbLr's iOS app downloads and a 57 percent increase for Android users in the first week of November. [On Nov. 1, TumbIr changed its community guidelines to allow nudity on the platform, which may have also contributed to the uptick.]

And TumbIr users themselves say they are seeing long-quiet blogs reactivating after years of dormancy or new ones popping up.

Sydney Reynolds, 22, is no longer on TumbIr, but in her viral TikToks about the platform she positions herself as an unofficial Tumblr historian.

The videos are intended to both educate those who aren't familiar with the platform lore - why, for instance, the young adult writer John Green was ousted from the Tumblr community and to share nostalgia with other Tumblr alumni.

While Twitter has a mainstream appeal, TumbIr has long been a haven for fandoms, she explained, appealing to a niche user base comprising fan fiction writers, artists, role-players and other creatives.

She said TumbIr felt like a safe space where one could curate a likeminded creative community. Twitter, she said feels more like a ''cesspool.''

''I was this creative kid who didn't have a lot of friends, and I found this place where I could write and I could be weird,'' she said. If she was still on the platform during a Twitter migration, she would ''feel invaded,'' she added, though she is considering returning to TumbIr if Twitter collapses.

Ms. Reback and others noted that TumbIr users seemed wary about the influx of big-names like Mr. Reynolds, who might make the platform feel more corporate and less comfortable for the fandoms that populate it. [Though the fantasy writer Neil Gaiman is a longtime TumbIr darling.]

But they aren't sure there is reason to be worried yet. The difference between TumbIr and Twitter may prevent the former from serving as a true replacement for the latter.

Twitter has long been a platform where celebrities, brands, journalists and other public-facing entities thrive. Tumblr, with its aforementioned lack of followers count, typically anonymous user base and focus on the collective user experience over success, is not the kind of place that amplifies personalities. That's a large part of TumbIr's appeal for many.

''There's a motto on Tumblr that brands and celebrities and whatnot, they don't just do well on platforms like Tumblr,'' said Kristen Lee, 30, an illustrator and webcomic artist who publishes work on Tumblr under the handle @feathernotes.''

Still, even non-celebrities might find TumbIr's setup too distinct from Twitter to serve as a successor. Leah Marilla Thomas, 34, a freelance entertainment journalist and an anonymous TumbIr user since 2009, recently created a public-facing account on the platform to share her work in anticipation of Twitter's demise.

''It's not super conducive to sharing articles, which is what I think a lot of people I know would be migrating to do,'' she said. If this is the end for Twitter, Ms. Catalano says she probably won't try out Tumblr again.

''If Twitter collapses, I'm free,'' she said. ''If this is the opportunity that comes to me to back away from social media, that's what I'm going to do.''

Ms. Catalano said those trying to be gatekeepers seem to have forgotten the purpose of the platform : ''It's a social media website, and people are going crazy that other people may join them,'' she said. ''It's bizarre.''

The Honour and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Social Media and Giants, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Rebecca Fishbein.

With respectful dedication to the Global Founder Framers of The World Students Society - the exclusive ownership of every student in the world : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

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