I was in year nine when I made the bold decision to create a Tumblr blog. At this time, Tumblr was quite new to the social networking scene at my school, and being the ‘cool’ fifteen year old I thought I was, having an account was an absolute must. Little did I know then that my account would be alongside 420 million other users globally.
Tumblr is the perfect embodiment of a distributed network, allowing a many to many interaction whilst facilitating a free flowing form of content curation and aggregation. Users act as gatewatchers, as Axel Bruns explains they “observe the gates of a wide range of information sources for useful and relevant materials that they think should be brought to the attention of the wider community.”
The following infographic explores Tumblr as a ‘gatewatcher network’ in further depth.
- Bruns, A., 2009, ‘News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions for e-Journalism’, Queensland University of Technology Australia, viewed 16th September 2015, <https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/439967/mod_resource/content/1/Bruns%2C%20A.%20-%20News%20Blogs%20and%20Citizen%20Journalism.pdf>
- Mitew, T., 2014, ‘Bridges Made of Pebbles — Social Media and the Rise of Gatewatchers’, Lecture /YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, 15 September 2014, viewed September 16th 2015, via <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1wlVOQA8y8&index=28&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j>
- Smith, C., 2015, ‘70+ Amazing Tumblr Statistics & Facts’, DMR Digital Marketing Stats / Strategy / Gadgets, 23 May 2015, viewed 20th September 2015, <http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/tumblr-user-stats-fact/2/>