Last September, Mr. Krangel explained the problem that Tumblr took steps to address this week:
Here’s how anonyblogging works: let’s say johndoe.tumblr.com is your target. You create a free account [...], then “follow” John’s blog. Obsessively “reblog” every post John makes, adding snarky, mean, or outright profane commentary. Tumblr’s “dashboard” system means that people [who] follow John will likely see the nasty comments. It’s the equivalent of watching someone shout at your pal as he walks down the street. But what makes the attack so unpleasant is that there’s no way for John to shake a malicious anonyblogger. [...]
The favored targets of anonybloggers are Tumblr personalities whose “Internet fame” is felt to exceed their merit. Wired cover girl Julia Allison has multiple anonyblogger critics, and persistent harassment from anonyblogger griefers led Vimeo co-founder Jakob Lodwick to quit Tumblr altogether. But the anonyblogging phenomena is metastasizing through Tumblr so quickly even small fish are finding themselves under attack.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tumblr under punches
I'm a Tumblr (Tumblrer?), but use the site merely for silly stuff I don't think fits here. I think I even signed up for the account just to figure out what it was. Anyway, the "reblogging" feature (which makes it possible to repost other users content followed by snide comments)and the intense hatred of "microcelebrity" Julia Allison has led to the shutting down of 5 blogs dedicated largely to mocking Allison and her self-obsessed friends. It seems there is to be no more meanness on Tumblr. (NY Times)