NewTumbl is dead—the signs were there

On the 7th and 8th of this month, I had a couple of comments on an old post about NewTumbl, indicating to me that the site had shut down without warning. Members headed in to see this:


I left in 2020, though I accidentally told someone in a private email that it was 2019 last night. My mistake: 2019 was when I joined.

As I recalled to him, with my error fixed:

I left NewTumbl as 2020 closed, after really innocent posts were being marked M (my blog was O).

This included a newspaper headline where a pretty mild word was censored, but despite the asterisk, that still offended the Republic of Gilead there.

When Dean started going quiet at the end of 2020 I sensed things were going to go pear-shaped …

I guess I’m not surprised things got worse and blogs were getting shut down.

I left Vox when the rot set in but that was at least a year away from that site shutting down for good. Looks like I was right about NewTumbl as well. When people start clamming up instead of fixing things, even about pretty innocent, simple things, then you know it’s not all rosy. NewTumbl fitted that description as early as December 2020.

I have pretty much left Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, too, though my accounts are still live. They, too, clam up and have done so for years. However, it will be interesting to see what happens. Pre-Musk, my Twitter following was 5,555 (an easy number to remember). Now it’s 5,412—hardly a substantial drop and not the sort of cataclysmic plummet that certain people predicted. I lost more on one day on Mastodon last month, despite only having 1,400 followers.

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2 thoughts on “NewTumbl is dead—the signs were there

  1. Yeah I closed shop on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Tumblr and even Reddit basically kicked me out and suspended my account. In the case of Reddit it was a simple case of somebody taking over my site and me trying to get answers. I guess I asked too many questions. I’m giving Mastadon a try. I think it’s because I like their elephant logo. I still have a Pinterest account and a board although I don’t spend much time on the site. The Moral Police aka The Do Gooders are ruining things on various social media platforms. I have never been a fan of Automaticc ever since they took over Tumblr.

  2. I hear you, Robert. The Do Gooders really did ruin NewTumbl, and I’m not even sure what sort of standards they were enforcing to. Victorian England? Mastodon has been pretty good for me, though for a while a great Tumblr and NewTumbl substitute for me was having a gallery here on this blog, using a Wordpress plug-in. I only stopped doing it because of all the false positives copyright photo bots were picking up. I’m happy to dig up licence info when they come by for work, but for a personal site it’s not worth my time.

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