Marisa Meltzer

Marisa Meltzer is author of Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music.

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The Curated Web

Tumblr, a relatively new blogging platform, just might be the future of the social Internet.

In 2007, journalist Gideon Lewis-Kraus wrote a piece for Harper's magazine about the future of information archiving. "The promise of the Internet-as-Alexandria is more than the rolling plenitude of information," he wrote. "It's the ability of individuals to choreograph that information in idiosyncratic ways, the hope that individuals might feel invited by the gravitational pull of a broad and open commons to 'rip, mix, and burn' -- to curate." Coincidentally, that same year a new blogging platform -- one which could plausibly claim Lewis-Kraus' call to curation as an impassioned manifesto -- was founded by 20-year-old tech wunderkind David Karp in New York. Tumblr, the oddly spelled short-form blogging platform, has grown increasingly popular over the past three years. Unlike Twitter, which 60 percent of users abandon after signing up, Tumblr has an 85 percent retention rate. And its success holds some clues as to the direction of the social Internet itself. With blogs, everyone...