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Why Tumblr Needs Lists

Tumblr.comTumblr is a great micro-blogging site, a great way to find, share and spread interesting content. (I have an arts + photography blog, Cyclic Artocity, there.)

I use the site to follow content from other Milwaukee-area bloggers and from Internet meme producers as well as various other people.

And as I’ve been following more tumblogs, I have realized that it’s difficult to navigate through the ones I want to see when I want to see them. That’s when it became clear to me that Tumblr needs lists.

I would love to catch up on Cheers! Milwaukee, Fuck Yeah Milwaukee or Wisconsin Humane Society without having to sort through updates from blogs published more frequently. And on the other hand, it would be great to get a laugh from meme blogs with one simple click.

Why this problem is not limited to Tumblr

As my friends Shelby Sapusek and Jim Raffel recently debated, social media fatigue will be easier to reach. Because of this, it’s easier for users of social media networks to compartmentalize how they take in those social sites.

Twitter and Facebook lists and Google+ circles are a great example of this. Sometimes you don’t want to see what is in your entire stream; perhaps you’re looking for updates from a specific subset of users.

Every social network should think ahead and ponder how users will be able to divide their contacts on that social site. If there’s no opportunity to do so, think again.

A solution for Tumblr?

Will Tumblr come out with a solution? It’s possible. So far this year Tumblr has announced plans for Fan Mail, a feature that allows Tumblr users to contact one another privately.

That is a feature a lot of users have craved. And it could signal that Tumblr is pursuing other solutions for how users use the service.

I certainly hope so.

Recommendations: Want to follow some meme blogs? Here’s a few of my favorites: Literally Unbelievable, Awkward Stock Photos, Fuck Yeah Cilantro and Dear Photograph.

  1. jimraffel
    January 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Nice post Dan. I know Tumblr-ers are a loyal bunch I’m just now sure how loyal with all the changes to G+ and Facebook. Even Twitter has more features than ever to filter the noise.

  1. January 30, 2012 at 2:33 am

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