Launched fifteen years ago, Tumblr is now often viewed as one of these relics of the internet that make millennials nostalgic. Once prominent and innovative, it fell into the shadow of fellow social media giants, but it may not stay like this for long.

In fact, avid Tumblr fans have recently noticed a weird renaissance in their feeds that are getting weirdly active as if it was 2010 all over again. Astonishingly, Tumblr’s CEO Jeff D’Onofrio told The New Yorker that forty-eight per cent of its active users and sixty-one per cent of its new ones are Generation Z. To put it into perspective, this is the exact demographic that Facebook and Instagram are in fear of losing.

And while people are now (re)discovering the miscellaneous world of Tumblr, various posts shared on the platform both years ago and now get dug up into the bright light of social media. They end up on “The Weird Side Of Tumblr” Facebook page that shares the funniest, weirdest and most wholesome findings. Below we selected quite a few of the best for your entertainment, so pull your seat closer.

Tumblr was launched around the same time as Facebook (2004) and Twitter (2006), in 2007, so it was not always behind. In fact, it was built to be a simple social blogging platform, but its multimedia approach set it apart. It was about the time when users were getting their cell phones, so they could take a photo and upload it straight on their Tumblr.

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love it! Cat or hat, who cares, I love it!!

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The appeal of Tumblr also had to do with the fact that users could design their own home pages; post text, images, gifs, or videos; and follow a feed of others doing the same. It became home to endless personalized moodboards that best reflect each user’s personality, whether by music, images or gifs.

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Little king trash mouth
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We walked past a storefront today with mannequins in the window and my two year old was hysterically laughing- "look mommy they no have any heads!" Lol.

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In 2018, the world changed for Tumblr. The passing of the federal SESTA-FOSTA law to ostensibly combat sex trafficking, and issues with Apple’s App Store and its provisions against apps containing adult content, led to Tumblr enacting a ban on NSFW content across the platform. This was followed by an uproar as Tumblr was home to many established communities devoted to real-life and illustrative erotica, so they spoke out against the restrictions.

But since the ban, media coverage of Tumblr focused on the decline of the website. For example, in 2019, Business Insider reported Tumblr’s unique monthly visitors had decreased by more than 20% in the year.

Meanwhile, Allegra Rosenberg, a writer at Fansplaining, argues that reports of Tumblr’s death have been greatly exaggerated. “While Tumblr was certainly known in some circles for being a haven for NSFW content, that was certainly never all there was to it. For every user that decamped for greener, smuttier pastures when the ban was put into place, there was another user that simply shrugged their shoulders and kept on blogging,” she said.

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beesechurger elite
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone set up the grandma olympics please it would be awesome

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mistraeum Report

MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

can I live here? just... in the picture please? I'm not asking for much...

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Rosenberg argues that contrary to everyone’s expectations, “Tumblr users have stuck around en masse, making the kind of sardonic posts the platform’s long been known for, all the while feeling like survivors in a post-apocalyptic landscape. And if you know where to look, you can still spot new blogs being started by young teens, a constant injection of youthful activity into the platform.”

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MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure that will go great with whatever she chooses to wear.

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beesechurger elite
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s was the best explanation of any thing ever

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Katie Lutesinger
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You just KNOW an elf or something similar lives under there.

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Argle Bargle
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here it would be a 'cold couch' .... making it just a 'couch'

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Your Neighborhood Alien
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Finally, some more backstory for the first pic! I keep seeing it on BP.

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heart Report

MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and the bird would be the painting in the backround. also the annoying freind.

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Ellie Rosser
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grew up in Australia-thought they were a thing Disney made up. SO excited when I saw the first one in real life.

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the very definition of determination.

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MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

can this be the new movie cover? can we get Disney on the line??

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aryastcrk Report

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fyeah-science-side Report

MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

inspirational. yet again, science side of tumbler has your back.

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MacKenzie Moore
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

fine. I won't. (2 seconds later) "hear me out guys, what about *scorpions*"

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Plenty Pineapples
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if I should say it came out of the blue and then show myself out immediately

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Araceli Johnstun
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why do they look like I could jiggle it and it would jiggle back

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Your Neighborhood Alien
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What if there's some medical emergency going on inside of a locked room with a doorknob like this?

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Wolfe
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a dude does this with me, we are getting married. Y'all are invited

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Jontelle
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mesmerizing. If I could make time stand still I’d want to lie here for awhile.

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