You know what really bothers me about this? It’s that tumblr users are now treated like second class internet citizens. Like these big corporate websites are the “real” content creators. We users used to be #1 on Tumblr and that’s why it has grown so much. This was a place we could simply share what we like and find other people who were interested in the same things. This new source attribution is just making things more complicated and less usable.
If I see something nice on a website, I will reblog it and I will link to the original site so that people can go and see more things like it. This in no way implies that I want to slap some giant corporation’s logo on my site.
I wanted to reblog this image, but I won’t because I don’t want to promote the New York Times. I would much rather direct my friends to ummhello’s site because that’s where I saw this image and there’s a lot of great content there.
And that’s what bothers me, that I don’t have a choice in the matter. Tumblr has decided that my dashboard and my site would be much better with corporate logos splashed all over them. So now I’m left with a decision. Do I stop using Tumblr because I don’t want to see corporate logos running up and down my dashboard? Or do I make yet another extension to hide all this extra crap they keep piling on?
For now, I think I’ll just make another extension. It’s easy enough to fix their dashboard for them. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: I’ve updated my Tumblr Savior Chrome Extension to give you the option to hide the source attribution on your dashboard. If you use Chrome, give it a try. You’ll feel better in no time.