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Keeping up with social networking sites: How much is enough?

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 by purdy

You must tumbl (tumble?), or haven't you heard? You must tumbl (tumblify?) because the micro-blogging site Tumblr.com is growing fast -- its estimated 3.3 million daily visitors up 50 percent from April, according to Quantcast.com. "The academic in me feels like, 'Oh, this will be interesting,' " says Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County who studies social networks. "The user in me goes, 'Oh nooo, another one!' " With so many of the so-called revolutionary applications are actually riffs on a similar theme. Foursquare looks a lot like Gowalla; Tumblr could be the cousin of Posterous. It's exhausting to move onto what's new if it sort of looks like what's old.   Washington Post