Social networks can be polarizing. The people who join them are often devout users, while those who don't can't fathom what the fuss is about. From the outside, some social sites feel like an exclusive club. You might not be ready to become a member, but you can't help wonder what's going on behind the velvet rope.
Enter Tumblr, a visual social network with near-infinite content that seems capable of generating endless buzz. Not everyone is using it. But because Tumblr's home to a lot of original content, created specifically for the site and unavailable elsewhere, those who aren't on it are missing out on some fun. With that in mind, allow me to offer my picks for must-see imaginative, eccentric, and experimental Tumblr pages...whether you're a user or not.
2. Google Poetics. Google's search engine auto-fills your query as you type. Sometimes, it's pure poetry.
3. Humans of New York. Every person has a story, and photographer Brandon Stanton aims to capture them through photographs and poignant quotes. The page has been described as "a photographic census of New York City."
4. Wax Nostalgic. It's crayon art, and it's remarkable.
5. Don't Stop Motion. Stop-motion animation meets Instagram video to create a collection of adorable mini hand-drawn flicks.
6. Calumet 412. Old photos of Chi-Town become "a pictorial love letter to the city and people of Chicago." And what a city it is.
8. Things Apple is Worth More Than. Worldwide lottery sales. The United States aircraft carrier fleet. The entire 1977 US stock market. This page will blow your mind.
9. Dogshaming. When yelling "bad dog" just isn't enough.
10. Benjameme. Internet moments and memes are immortalized by artist Lauren Kaelin. You can even buy a print of the Ikea Monkey.