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More Thoughts on the Upcoming and Intentional Demise of Tumblr

In the previous post about this topic, I wrote that the apparently suicidal behavior by current leadershit of Tumblr is actually the default as far as corporations in USA (and the few other decaying anglo-saxon countries) are concerned. This type of behavior also has a lot to do with the culture in those countries as well as a number of changes (such as laws and regulations rewarding financialization and oligoppolization) that have occurred since the late 1970s. To be clear, I am not implying that other countries are free of parasites, conmen and sociopaths in suits. It is just that the general and corporate cultures in those countries does a far better job of keeping these creatures under check. But now let us get back to the ongoing implosion of Tumblr.

As I hinted in the previous post, all those “changes” which Tumblr’s “credentialed” leadershit wanted were guaranteed to drive away its most heavy users as well as piss off many others who would not have cared otherwise. Turns out, that is exactly what is happening. For starters, it’s “AI” filters cannot tell the difference between porn and popular cartoons. I am sure that some of you have read about other examples of their “AI” filter being unable to distinguish between porn and what is clearly not porn. Consequently many people, including SJWs who might have cheered on the ban of porn, find themselves in the same situation as those they were trying to look down upon. In the near future, I plan to write a post on SJWs and other types of corporate cucks.

But perhaps the biggest hole in their “plans” was the belief that Tumblr would be viable without porn. See.. it is my opinion that they pretended to believe that only a quarter of their users were searching for porn. Except that this is another example of solipsistic bullshit pushed by allegedly “objective” data scientists. As some of you know, scientists in the west are now a more pathetic group than even meth-addicted streetwalkers who will suck your cock for a couple of twenty-dollar bills. They will concoct “data”. “experiments” and “studies” to support whatever batshit insane belief those who pay them want to hear. In this case, they conveniently overlooked two issues. First, the heaviest and most prolific users were there for porn. Secondly, many of those who logged on for other reasons also consumed a pretty significant amount of porn.

There is also something else about Tumblr that many of you might not know. You see.. the golden age and peak of Tumblr (and porn content on it) was between 2009 and 2013. That is right, Tumblr has been going downhill ever since it was purchased by Yahoo in 2013 who hilariously promised to not to screw it up. And guess what.. they started doing that within a year. Before Yahoo started screwing things up, Tumblr only removed porn that was clearly problematic- specifically if it contained sexual acts involving pre-pubescent children. You really had to try to get your Tumble account suspended or tagged as NSFW. But after Yahoo took over in 2013, they started doing that to pretty much anybody who was reported by moral busybodies. While a percentage of the heavy users kept creating new accounts and reposting, most never came back.

This is the reason that ImageFap and other similar sites (often hosted from or based on central and eastern Europe) gained such a huge amount of content between 2013 and 2015. Anyway, the result of this slow-motion porn purge was that most of the porn you could find on Tumblr after 2015 was either heavily recycled or SJW-friendly. In other words, Tumblr was slowly dying as a platform even before the greedy idiots at Verizon made their decision. In fact, most of the new porn content I have collected for the past two years comes from sites that are not Tumblr- which is huge change from the golden years of Tumblr. In my opinion, this change is good because a decentralized network of distribution is far more resilient (if a bit cumbersome) than a centralized one. But let us get back to the fate of Tumblr.

Another mistake made by the myopic “credentialed” leadershit concerns their apparent belief that enough users will stay with Tumblr because creating an alternative platform would be difficult and expensive. As it turns out, that is not the case today. To understand what I am talking about, let us rewind to the state of the internet and its infrastructure about a decade. Long story short, a decade ago it appeared as if the USA and some parts of western Europe had an apparent monopoly on the IT infrastructure necessary for reliable hosting and other services. Fast forward today and that is no longer the case. While some of the more unique arrangements for cloud services and hosting are still a bit easier to get in USA, the rest of the world has caught on and in many cases exceed what the IT infrastructure in USA can deliver.

To put it another way, the successors to Tumblr will be transnational and likely have a significant peer-to-peer networking component. Furthermore, the software design and functionality necessary to make something like Tumblr work and scale is now well understood and has been successfully reverse engineered (including in open source) for a few years. Also, unlike FaceBook most people on Tumblr were interested in connecting to others based on their shared interests and beliefs rather than family or real-life connections. But perhaps the most important reason that Tumblr is going to go down the drain is because it has broken the trust of its users- who are somewhat different from the average users of most social media platforms. In the next post on this topic, I will talk about Tumblr is just the latest example of internet and technology companies losing popular goodwill by being too greedy, too stupid or willing to satisfy ideological nutters.

what do you think? Comments?

  1. Neo
    December 8, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    This attitude toward users and customers is reflected in just about everything in the US. The most widely covered are the two faces of the one corporatist party. One face abuses its base because they allegedly have nowhere else to go. The other just discovered that their racist positions are driving away “ethnic” voters.

    Because so much control over everything is held by morons and cretins, the entire system will likely crash before any changes needed are recognized. But as long as that Golden Parachute opens when the ripcord is pulled, who cares!

    Hint: they will once they discover that all of their ill-gotten gains aren’t recognized as currency anymore!

  2. Shiningtime
    December 9, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Although I have a love/hate relationship with porn, when I did cave and watch porn, Tumblr was a great place to go. The infinite scroll user interface was very odd and data consuming on mobile and very slow on pc.

    At the end of the day, they are trying to be advertiser friendly like IG which does a pretty good job eliminating porn. I know, porn is still on IG. Tumblr has served it’s purpose. I was acquired and made some people very rich.

    You sound like an office-cuck.. perhaps I should write a post or two about that group.

  3. December 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    One of the biggest ironies is that you are likely safer from malware visiting a shady porn site than visiting a lamestream news outlet (or Roosh 5’s Return of Konmen site)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2014/01/04/thousands-of-visitors-to-yahoo-com-hit-with-malware-attack-researchers-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bce8c583449d

  4. December 10, 2018 at 12:25 am

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/microblogging-site-tumblr-to-delete-all-porn-from-its-platform-lgbts-furiou

    “Exceptions will be made for classical statues, nudity found in art, as well as “birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy.” There will also be an exception for “gender confirmation surgery” photos.”

    Gender confirmation surgery. Tumblr was simply made to feel the power of TRANS!!!

  5. MikeCA
    December 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I think this is inevitable. The internet started out as a wild unregulated place. It had unlimited free speech everywhere, that included porn and extreme political viewpoints. The internet has now become big business. Big companies like Verizon that now own the money losing site Tumblr do not want to be associated with porn. It is bad for their reputation. To a big company like Verizon it doesn’t matter if banning porn kills Tumblr, Tumblr was losing money anyway. It is just an excuse to cut their losses and shut Tumblr down.

    You might have read that drivel in the eCONomist. Or maybe believing such a narrative makes you feel like the old days are coming back. Sadly they are not and cannot. Let us talk about why Verizon, or any another large corporation in (still marginally) anglo-saxion countries has problems making profit without government assistance. Have you ever wondered how corporations in other developed countries such as Germany, Japan, S Korea, France can actually keep making quality products and remain profitable while their american equivalents cannot?

    It is about how corporations are run and controlled + degree of financialization of economy. See.. even if somebody dropped a trillion dollars on Verizon, its “credentialed” executives would find a way to steal it (“legally”, of course) and run that company into the ground. In other words, it has nothing to do with profitability, never has.

    I understand free speech, but their are limits on free speech. I cannot setup huge speakers on the street in front of your house and scream amplified obscenities at you 24 hours a day. The internet is sort of like a speaker. It amplifies your voice and carries it to many people all over the world. What are reasonable limits is still being tested.

    Right.. a white baby boomer is lecturing me about free speech. Look.. the past is not going to come back, because it literally cannot. The era where people of your ancestry and nationality had a better living standard than rest of world is over. Don’t believe it, look around you. Never mind.. curiosity about the rest of world is rare among white “native-born” americans.

    But what does any of this have to do with your statement about free speech? Well.. you are pining for an era which existed between 1945-1985 (1995 in some parts of USA). The era of three TV networks, two national newspapers and two local daily newspapers etc is gone.. Even pathetic attempt at corporate monopolies such as Google, FakeBook and Apple etc cannot bring that era back. And this is before those corporations started losing popular support, starting a couple of years ago..

    Apparently WordPress is still happy to let you post your anti-American Russian propaganda here.

    You apparently spend too much time watching MSNBC/CNN or within your filter bubble (maybe an artifact of where you live?). The vast majority of people with a different opinion than yours are not Russian “spies” or whatever. Then again, I can see your longing for the 1950s- an era which will never come back. FYI- this attitude is not going to help democrats win in 2020. But I guess that was never the plan.. *S*.

  6. MikeCA
    December 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    “You might have read that drivel in the eCONomist. Or maybe believing such a narrative makes you feel like the old days are coming back. Sadly they are not and cannot. Let us talk about why Verizon, or any another large corporation in (still marginally) anglo-saxion countries has problems making profit without government assistance. Have you ever wondered how corporations in other developed countries such as Germany, Japan, S Korea, France can actually keep making quality products and remain profitable while their american equivalents cannot?”

    “It is about how corporations are run and controlled + degree of financialization of economy. See.. even if somebody dropped a trillion dollars on Verizon, its “credentialed” executives would find a way to steal it (“legally”, of course) and run that company into the ground. In other words, it has nothing to do with profitability, never has.”

    Interesting, Verizon is a consistently profitable company in spite of what you say. Tumblr is a blip on the Verizon books, which is why Verizon wants no grief from the stain of it being basically a porn site.

    Is that why they are laying off so many people? Also did they not know what they were purchasing in 2017?

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2018/10/05/verizon-lays-off-44000-transfers-2500-more-it-jobs-to-indian-outsourcer-infosys/#2c69420f46f5

    “Right.. a white baby boomer is lecturing me about free speech. Look.. the past is not going to come back, because it literally cannot. The era where people of your ancestry and nationality had a better living standard than rest of world is over. Don’t believe it, look around you. Never mind.. curiosity about the rest of world is rare among white “native-born” americans.”

    “But what does any of this have to do with your statement about free speech? Well.. you are pining for an era which existed between 1945-1985 (1995 in some parts of USA). The era of three TV networks, two national newspapers and two local daily newspapers etc is gone.. Even pathetic attempt at corporate monopolies such as Google, FakeBook and Apple etc cannot bring that era back. And this is before those corporations started losing popular support, starting a couple of years ago.”

    A non-rebuttal rebuttal! Make a couple of strong, non-responsive statements and throw in ad hominem attacks. Classic trolling technique.

    You long for the return of an era which has been over for over 25 years. What can I say..

    The internet is a new challenge to social order. Since your post is about porn, look at the whole question of what porn should be illegal online. The US Supreme Court left the definition of porn to “community standards” but what are the community standards of the whole world? Countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia have really different ideas about what is porn. Why should US standards (whatever those are) control what is accessible in Iran or Saudi Arabia?

    Only a white american “liberal” would defend retrograde and noxious regimes such as those such in Saudi Arabia and (to a lesser extent) Iran. There is a reason people use the word “progressive” instead of “liberal” nowadays. FYI- Even in those countries, authorities turn a blind eye to porn.. and for a very good reason.

    The intellectual underpinning of Islamic fundamentalism includes a critique of sexual freedom of western woman as part of the moral corruption of the west. Online access to porn is viewed as an attempt to corrupt the conservative social order in those countries. These are issues that will continue to lead to conflict for years to come.

    Right.. and it has nothing to with the establishment in USA supporting (along with Saudi Arabia) some of the most regressive assholes to destabilize secular governments in the ME? Have you actually met and talked at any length to people from those countries. Likely not..

    In the US, smaller, unprofitable companies like Yahoo are willing to tolerate porn, but big, profitable companies like Verizon do not want to be associated with porn in some tiny, money losing operation like Tumblr.

    “You apparently spend too much time watching MSNBC/CNN or within your filter bubble (maybe an artifact of where you live?). The vast majority of people with a different opinion than yours are not Russian “spies” or whatever. Then again, I can see your longing for the 1950s- an era which will never come back. FYI- this attitude is not going to help democrats win in 2020. But I guess that was never the plan.. *S*.”

    Another sort of non-responsive response.

    Yes, because it takes somebody without critical thinking to believe that “Russia” and “Putin” were the reasons that HRC lost to Trump. Remember that Trump did not win the election- HRC lost it to that orange buffoon. Was “Russia” the reason she did not campaign in the Midwest? Was “Russia” the reason why so many black people in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania did not show up on election day? Is “Putin” the reason that she set up an email server as Secretary of State in her basement? People in medieval times uses to blame anything untoward on the influence of Satan and Witches, California “liberals” blame it on “Russia” and “Putin”.

    You claim to know a lot about the believes of Soviet elites and the history of the decline of the Soviet Union:

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/state-communism-was-based-in-capitalism-and-social-conservatism-1/

    Yes, because unlike yourself I spend time studying differing counts of the events to understand why events too the course they did.

    You seem to know a huge amount about the reasoning behind historical and modern Russian foreign policy responses to the west:

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/factors-determining-russian-response-to-current-provocations-by-usa/

    Oddly enough, I also have a pretty deep understanding of caste system in India.

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/?s=Varna+and+Jati+aka+%E2%80%98Caste%E2%80%99+System+Was+Hugely+Damaging+to+Indians

    and for some reason, why metabolic diseases are more common in Indians..

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/non-genetic-reasons-behind-indians-developing-metabolic-syndrome/ (note the date)

    You have deep knowledge of the history of the Soviet and Russian missile program and the political and technical reasons why certain boosters were developed and others were not:

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/on-the-jingoistic-delusions-of-arstechnica-fanboys-about-spacex-1/

    and also about unpleasant parts of the human psyche..

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/?s=What+I+Really+Think+About+Human+Beings+as+a+Species

    the ‘Ancient Astronaut’ Theory

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/?s=Ancient+Astronaut

    and the 2012/2013 Indian Mars probe..

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/educated-speculation-on-indias-2013-mars-mission/

    Your point is?

    You make observations about a televised speech by Breshnev that only make sense if you are a native Russian speaker:

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/kavanaugh-confirmation-is-american-version-of-brezhnev-1979-speech/

    Try reading multiple English translations. That is the only way you can understand a foreign language.

    These are only posts in the last year. I think you screwed up and gave the game away with those posts.

    Oddly enough, I have written far more posts on social atomization and civilization as a ponzi scheme than “Russia” and “Putin”

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/?s=social+atomization

    and

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/?s=civilization+ponzi

    By your logic, I am therefore a polymath with a considerable interest in philosophy

    • P Ray
      December 13, 2018 at 3:53 am

      One of the fun things about the Russians and the Chinese, they actually keep old technical papers and books so others can see and learn stuff.

      Americans? Too much Don’t Maintain Catalogued Archives so there is a very short window for any research – but especially of old technology.

  1. December 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm

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