People complaining about sponsored posts are infuriating because
1) I guarantee they scroll right past vapid bullshit on their dash all the time
2) They don’t understand that running a website, especially one as large, complex, and data intensive as Tumblr, costs an actual shitload of money per day, and the only way to fund that is either a) charge users, b) sell ads/sponsored posts, c) finding angel/venture capital which pretty much requires option b to happen at some point down the road.
Now, I get that Yahoo! bought up tumblr, but they were gonna get bought at some point, welcome to the internet ya twats. That’s how social media sites have and always will work.
I don’t complain about sponsored posts per se, for the reasons you outline, among others. But you’re wrong about Tumblr’s implementation of sponsored posts. Their inclusion of shocking gore as part of horror movie ads, inline in users’ dashboards with no means to opt out (at least on the mobile platform, though I can use Tumblr Savior on the desktop, thankfully), is a violation of Tumblr’s own community guidelines. More about that here.
It’s true that there’s a lot of inanity in my dash. But there isn’t any gore, or wouldn’t be if Tumblr didn’t force me to see it against my will as a condition of using the site. I don’t think Tumblr has the right to do that. If they can’t stay in business without doing that, they don’t deserve to stay in business.
The gore bit is unacceptable, however, I had no idea that there were sponsored posts containing gore (what movie ad are you referring to?), nor have I seen anyone else complain about gore-related sponsored posts. Nearly 100% of the sponsored posts I have seen are about fast food, cell phones, or cars. I’m not trying to degredate your negative experience, I’m just saying I think it might be more isolated than you think. The complaints I see are mostly aimless pointless OMG TUMBLR PUT ADS ON OMG WTF I’M LEAVING TUMBLR FOREVER OMG DELETED BYE type posts, not well constructed things like this.
I didn’t bother saving this one; I’m trying to get better at just ignoring them and moving on. Tumblr’s chosen to do this, I’ve explained to them why I object to it, and they’ve decided they don’t care. I can either leave or stay, but either way I’m trying to tone down my yelling about it (recent yelling notwithstanding).
This particular ad was for the remake of the movie Carrie. It featured a collection of animated GIFs with the iconic image of Carried covered in blood in the center square. I didn’t study the post to see what the rest of it showed; that image was enough to dredge up my memories of the original (which I’m sure was the intent of those who created the post), and having had that forcibly inserted into my brain I didn’t want to linger.
There are examples of ads for two other movies linked to from the post I made previously in this thread. There was a fourth movie I managed to mostly ignore between those two and this latest one. It looks like Tumblr runs sponsored posts for a horror movie about once a month or so.