Why Tumblr Is Better Than Facebook For Meeting New, Compatible Friends

Being an avid user, I am constantly in a position where people ask me "Why Tumblr?" I always say the same thing: I meet tons of new friends with similar interests.

As is pretty obvious from our recent coverage of Tumblr, we at Social Times are outspoken about Tumblr becoming an important social network over the next few years. Being an avid user, I am constantly in a position where people ask me “Why Tumblr?” I always say the same thing: I meet tons of new friends with similar interests.

Tumblr is about vastly simplifying the process of posting your ‘stuff’ to the web. By ‘stuff’, I mean that Tumblr posts can be whatever you want: MP3 audio files, blog posts, YouTube clips, your own uploaded videos, etc. By using the many easy plug-ins available for all browsers, Tumblr lets you share your currently-viewed content with one click.

Once shared, your post is made visible on your Tumblr page, which looks (and can be themed) very much like a WordPress blog. People can get your content by heading over to your Tumblr (for instance, videostowatchwithfriends.tumblr.com), or if they choose to “follow” you by clicking the easy-to-access follow button on the top right of any Tumblr, your post will show up in their news feed.

Now up to this point, Tumblr isn’t really anything you haven’t seen before. All the changes are slight, but make things that bit easier. Perhaps that’s the reason that the community that has been attracted to Tumblr is mainly composed of people who are shareaholics. They scour the web searching for content that they want to share with strangers, rather than just sharing it with their friends on Facebook. Tumblrs like “thedailywhat” and “herochan” are focused on delivering streams of quality entertainment to other Tumblr users, and while thedailywhat focuses on comedy, herochan focuses on art. This focus, and relative anonymity, means that people are only connecting over their interests, rather than any other factor. It’s for this reason that the people I’ve met on Tumblr have been particularly compatible friends.

Another reason that the blogs are focused is because Tumblr makes it so ridiculously easy to start a new Tumblr. It’s implicit in the structure of the social sharing network that Tumblr-ers are going to want to have several different streams of content, and that it’s not wise to just slam these all into one aimless personal blog. Tumblr focuses on creating niche content sites, and as most blog readers know, that’s a hallmark of all the best blogs (at least when those blogs are starting out).

So that’s what I’m talking about, when I’m talking about Tumblr. If you’re a user or a curious George, I hope my little explanation can help you explain the service or give you reason to try it.

Also, check out our earlier analysis of Tumblr here and check out 5 Reasons Twitter Users Should Switch To Tumblr here..