Tumblr — call it a blogging service, or a micro-blogging service, or just plain neat-o — makes sharing text, video, pictures and your own commentary super easy. Think of Tumblr as somewhere between Facebook, Twitter and a traditional blog.
Blogging often feels over-complicated and a bit daunting for the casual user. Twitter let’s you share itty-bitty chunks of links and text — referred to by many as micro-blogging — but doesn’t allow for verbose explanations. Facebook offers users the features of Twitter and traditional blogging but disallows anonymity — friend lists are often filled with a mix of family, acquaintances and co-workers with widely varying tastes and values. To wit most users keep Facebook PG-13, at the most.
Tumblr combines simplicity and (optional) anonymity of a service like Twitter with the robust features of a Facebook. The end result? A Tumblelog – the term coined in 2005 to describe the concept of micro-blogging tools, although now more deeply connected with it’s namesake, Tumblr. Tumblelogs define the gap between flexibility of a robust blogging tool, and the ease and comfort of posting to your Facebook Wall or your Twitter feed.
Unconventional to say the least — while irreverent and uncensored to the core — The Coquette uses a much more blog-like Tumblr theme, and is a well-executed example of how posting cleverly on Tumblr can expand the reach of other projects or causes with which you’re involved. Beware if you have sensitive tastes, Carlin’s 7 Dirty Words come up early and often on Coquette, but that’s also a bit of her charm.
Have you discovered an interesting or unconventional Tumblr you think I should see? Let me know.