You’ve been there: You have a Dashboard full of stuff you’d love to get through from people you sincerely respect/admire/enjoy, but you’re tempted to declare Tumblr Dashboard bankruptcy because there’s so. much. stuff.
Stuff you can see at a glance kinda sucks/repeats itself.
And yet you’d rather not unfollow people you do enjoy when they are the source of a post.
But the sea of the repetitive screenshots from last night’s TV show moment and endless artful T&A (one butt can take up half of a big monitor!) makes you minimize your Tumblr window in despair.
Enter my idea. Tumblr should steal the Turn Off Retweets feature from Twitter.
On Twitter if somebody is an endless feed of @BreakingNews retweets* (but is otherwise a good follow), you can just quiet them down bit (discreetly. They never know you’ve disabled their RTs.)
On Tumblr it would be great if I could in one click disable “empty” reblogs from people I otherwise dig.
*Note: Another convenience Twitter has to combat problem is that its mature API has led to a bunch of great clients that let you create filters (“never show me a foursquare checkin”) or special columns (“create a special place for these people who share original ideas so I can be sure to catch everything.”). Tumblr’s attitude about its API is very different from Twitter’s. So I don’t think we’re gonna see a bunch of great Tumblr client options anytime soon. A “no-reblog” feature (within the native Tumblr client) is more realistic.
What do you think? What do you do to combat the problem? Mercilessly unfollow?