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Imagine you’re following someone on Tumblr (I know, it’s hard to picture). We’ll call them jakethejake. And jakethejake reblogs really cool images from another Tumblog—for the purposes of this hypothetical, we’ll call it PicsYouLike. You start to notice that jakethejake reblogs PicsYouLike with a degree of regularity. Not all the time or anything, but frequently enough that you notice.
You like these pictures—PicsYouLike is aptly named, hypothetically speaking. You click the little heart, because that’s what you do on Tumblr, and you start to reblog jakethejake’s reblogs, because that’s what you do on Tumblr.
My question is this: Do you eventually start following PicsYouLike directly, or just reblog the images that jakethejake reblogs?
I hope this isn’t getting too confusing. I’m just having Thoughts about the connectivity of Tumblr and the (inter)webs we create for ourselves and for others. I’m wondering if there is a certain value to reblogging these cool images only when they’ve been filtered through jakethejake’s vetting process. When you follow PicsYouLike, do you lose a sort of connection to jakethejake? If you don’t follow PicsYouLike, are you defining your tastes by jakethejake’s standards? And isn’t that what we’re all doing anyway?
I don’t know! Lots of thoughts. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have two new blog names to (hopefully) claim as my own.