A lot of people already know that Tumblr's been dealing with a purge issue going on (even was addressed in the site news). For those who don't, the short of it is Tumblr got in trouble with Apple for pornography, assumedly because of child porn (possibly from the bot epidemic). The assumption is that the recent purges are from them sending an overzealous algorithm to remove accounts that might be in violation, but a huge number of accounts hit were very obviously compliant or even SFW. Very little has been confirmed so nobody knows 100% what's going on, even after 3 days.
Whatever the reason, people are wrongfully getting deleted. Some people got their accounts back, others have yet to, and even some have gotten them back only to be nuked again a few hours later.
So a lot of people are moving to Newgrounds and Twitter. That all considered, Newgrounds shouldn't be seen so much a replacement as something of its own. It's more like a web gallery and archive page for artists than it is a social media-focused platform. Tumblr had features like like image sets, asks and responses, and reblogs to share content from other users. Newgrounds lacks these, but it does have a review system, a robust maturity rating system, has a lot of support for collaborations, and supports a wide number of filetypes. It kinda makes it a different creature entirely.
What's more it's also been independent since its birth and has alwas been pro-NSFW and has always been curated. It's a relatively safe archive to put your work on.
Newgrounds isn't something I'd use to replace a site like Tumblr--it's something I'd use (and have used) regardless of the situation, in addition to whatever platforms I might be on. Even if Tumblr wasn't melting down at the moment it'd still be a smart idea to at least set up a NG page.
To any new artists here, be sure to get at least 4 pieces of art up right away so you can be scouted and show up in the art feed!
Anyway, quick rundown of personal updates:
- Shantae project is nearing completion. Its scope has been readjusted: instead it's going to basically just be a loop collection, with 2 loops and a climax for each form. As of writing this I have 3 more animations to do (though one form I might redo entirely). Holy FUCK this took way too long to make.
- I've got a short SFW animation-animatic idea that I hopefully will have out by xmas.
- I have two other sfw animation projects that are going to be coming in 2019, but I have yet to start. Both are sequels.
All these will be up on Newgrounds as well as Youtube (with a few of them being newgrounds first or even exclusive)