My embedded Twitter status came included with my theme (Scaffold). There are a few different ways to backup your Tumblr. I’d Google it. Here is one tool: http://boutofcontext.com/tumblr_backup.php
Very interesting article on the gamification of social media, why people get so excited by social media, and how sites like Twitter “pay you”.
Here’s an excerpt:
Essentially, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc all manipulate the egos of users in order to drive them into further interaction with the system. While the article addressed how these systems were put in place, it didn’t explain why they worked at a fundamental level.
Gamers As Guinea Pigs
Game systems are just now being woven into the everyday lives of most people through social media and other gamified systems (loyalty reward cards, etc.). But gamers have been exposed to these systems for decades and provide examples as to why these systems are so compelling.
Just as gamers desire to find more “loot,” users of social media services become conditioned to seek more “likes,” and “re-tweets,” and “plus ones.” People become enthralled by the engagement statistics they receive by interacting with the system. But why? What is it that drives people to seek validation through these systems? And is it really about getting the “loot?”
Read the full article here.