It is happening! Facebook is being parked by teens. By what and why, you ask? Quite simply because we (old, boring mums – sorry I am speaking for myself!) are on it! Teens are over being watched (sometimes stalked ever so sweetly) by Mum, over Mum leaving embarrassing – ‘love you’ comments on their wall, and they have twigged that when Aunty suggests that this or that post or pic may not be appropriate she is really channeling Mum! So they have moved to the lands that befuddle their parents to: Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr .
Tumblr has been around for a while. It is a microblogging site – what that means is that you can sort of create your own website. You can chose a background and a format and ‘make it your own’. There are no annoying ads, no annoying ‘Like me’ pages and no annoying Mums!!
Female (age 15): “I have a Facebook, a Tumblr, and Twitter. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter much. I rather use Tumblr to look for interesting stories. I like Tumblr because I don’t have to present a specific or false image of myself and I don’t have to interact with people I don’t necessarily want to talk to.”
But like any site it can be misused and the main complaint about Tumblr is the proliferation of pornographic images posted on it. Here are two boxes in your Preferences you should tick and untick respectively to make sure you don’t get nasty posts. ‘NSFW’ by the way means ‘Not Safe for Work’!
|Browse tag pages in Safe Mode Hide content NSFW blogs.|
|Add Explore posts to my Dashboard. You’ll see posts from popular blogs that you don’t follow.|