Today’s edition of “me pointing out fun things I find on the Internet” is turning to tumblr! The micro-blogging platform was started in 2007 and has been growing rapidly, lately eclipsing WordPress in page impressions (However, WordPress still has more than 10 times as many users – link in German).
While anecdotal evidence suggests many 14-year-olds and cat lovers among the tumblr users, there are also the politically minded sites such as the ones below. Two of them offer a satirical take on political figures, while the final one brings us often not-so-funny reality.
This is brings us “Images of people looking uncomfortable in the presence of Vladimir Putin, fearsome former President and incumbent Prime Minister of Russia.” Putin manages to even make Santa Claus look confused, leave alone current Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medwedew (below). German chancellor Angela Merkel gets a pass from me since,she always looks like this – but the cutline is worth a read.
Whether you’re president, king or dictator, one of your duties includes touring your country and, well, looking at things. Such as beverages or woodwork. It seems Kim-Jong Il doesn’t like looking at food too much (too opulent?).
ProPublica has set up this great tumblog (which, by the way, represents a GREAT adaptation of a news organization’s core mission to a different publishing platform). They post quotes from politicians and other figures in the news. I like that they took the idea of the soundbite, but choose interesting, shocking, and sometimes plain stupid ones. We learn: Don’t have sex with Julian Assange, and don’t expect getting your money’s worth from Illinois.