In the world of social media, Tumblr lies somewhere between Twitter and a full-blown blog with interactive social elements that are similar to Facebook. This combination has lead to exponential growth.
To learn more, I created a Tumblr. So far, I’ve been using it to post links to relevant stuff I’m looking at, but may not be ready to create a long form blog post here at ESL Technology.com. (As an aside, remember when blog posts were considered brief? #solongago) Some of my posts there will develop into longer posts here, but many will not. You can follow my posts to both on Twitter: @eslchill.
So far, I’m not a full-blown, hardcore Tumblrer. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t sought out a network there, which is a potent part of the allure for most users. By reposting the posts of people you follow, Tumblr creates an echo chamber that allows popular media to spread exponentially.
One feature I like is the ability to queue Tumblr posts and release them a day at a time. I can post several items at once and release them one per day — thereby always having something “in the hopper.” In this way, I am contributing to the constant stream of consumable media and helping to build my brand, neither of which I’m sure I want to do, but Tumblr sure makes it easy.
As you would expect from a popular technology like this one, setup is free and easy, the interface is relatively straightforward, and there are lots of themes available so that you can change the look of your Tumblr.
Will Tumblr revolutionize language teaching? Probably not. Just about anything you’ve been doing with WordPress and Blogger, and even Twitter, can be done with Tumblr. The difference? If your students are keeping up with the latest online trends, they likely consider traditional blogs to be passé and already have a Tumblr.