This is my truth, tell me yours
The most common reaction I’ve seen online to Tumblr announcing it will remove all adult content is ‘But Tumblr is full of it, what will be left when it goes?’
But my main thought was 'wait, there’s adult content on Tumblr?!’
Honestly, I’ve never seen it. Same with Twitter, and yet some claim Twitter is rife with it. (Can you tell I’m trying desperately to avoid trigging your spam filter by using the 'p-word?’)
I find our differing perceptions of online networks fascinating. To some, Twitter is a hellhole full of depressing news and a terrible problem with nazis that Jack Dorsey refuses to remove. To others, it’s packed with hilarious jokes. To others, it’s a focus for their political campaigning efforts in their local community. Others still only know it as a way to hear from celebrities… or talk about fishing, or even Siberian baking techniques… probably.
The point is, our perception of what a social network is, is defined almost entirely by the bubble we inhabit. We get angry about the network’s operators not listening to our concerns, but we forget that those operators also have to consider the people who think of the network as something else entirely. They’re juggling an almost limitless number of concepts of what their network is, with only cold, hard, soulless, overall data as a map.
Your Twitter, your Tumblr, your Reddit, your Facebook… it’s only your own personal truth. Don’t assume it’s anyone else’s.