A few months back I was introduced to something called Tumblr by Mat, a friend and fellow developer at Comcast Interactive Media. For the uninitiated, Tumblr is a microblogging platform, kind of like twitter except you aren’t posting what exactly you are doing but rather links, photos, videos etc with minimal to none commentary . Here is a how wikipedia defines Tumblelogging:
A tumblelog (or tlog) is a variation of a blog that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing much (or any) commentary.
The first time I saw it, I didnt really care for it. My blog is a pretty good outlet for most of my thoughts and ideas. I love posting code and observations and seeing comment on the posts. I didnt really get microblogging at all. However, its something I have slipped into slowly and steadily in the last few months, starting with being a little more regular on Twitter and now Tumblr.
So what got me into Tumblr? Instant photo-posts from my iphone was one. Tumblr (at least the service at http://www.tumblr.com) gives you an email address to send photos to that instantly (or with some acceptable delay) get on your tumblelog. However now that I have started using it, I find posting quotes or excerpts and images from blogs/websites most interesting. None of these ever justified a complete blog post, but are definitely Tumble-worthy.
I havent seen Tumblr on any of the blogs I visit so I am not sure how many people use it, but its something I would recommend a try at least. Its fun ;).