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Sep. 19th, 2007 | 09:39 pm
mood: determined

I've been collecting journaling and social networking and migration articles from metafandom and other places. So here's a giant post with perhaps too much food for thought.
  • A good summary of LJ management asshattry

  • LJ is planning to mark journals and communities as "adult". It's not so much a problem to me that kids can't see smut (kids with half a brain can lie, says the mom). It's that anything protected from children is also protected from the general public. So anyone curious has to at probably get an LJ and get age-certified somehow, and possibly join the community to see the stories. Definitely a chilling effect.

  • The Omniture tracking stats thing turns out to be not that big a deal, according to die-hard LJ critic stewardess.

  • 10 Ways Flickr Builds Communities (from Business Week of all places, via bokardo)
    1. Engage
      Don’t just listen to your community. Engage
    2. Enforce
      Let the community help set standards and policies for appropriate behavior --then enforce them
    3. Take Responsibility
      Fess up immediately when you make mistakes
    4. Step Back
      Don’t be afraid to step back and let your customers take over
    5. Give Freely
      Never underestimate the allure of a free T-shirt (or sticker, or button…)
    6. Be Patient
      Take knee-jerk reactions with a grain of salt
    7. Hire Fans
      Make sure your employees are as passionate about your product as your community’s most die-hard fans
    8. Stay Calm
      Develop a thick skin
    9. Focus
      Be flexible but don’t lose sight of your priorities
    10. Be Visible
      stay human

    SOMEONE SEND THIS TO 6A!

  • LiveJournal's weaknesses and strengths and ideas about the possibility of replicating the strengths without depending on 6A or even LJ source code.

  • LJ - How to take it with you Using feedreader3 (or other RSS readers) to read even locked LJ posts without going to LJ. There's info about doing a bunch at once in the comments section.

  • Brad Fitzpatrick (yes, the one who started LiveJournal and now works for Google) talks about The Social Graph Problem - as in how annoying it is to re-create a set of friends on a new networking space. He proposes making non-profit open-source software to both collect connections and allow people to control who can see what about their connections. This is explicitly not to replace Facebook, Plaxo or any other journaling systems.

  • A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web - proposal to confirm users ownership and control over their personal data and the freedom to choose which sites to participate in.

  • The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality talks about how it's not just people and posts but also objects, like pictures, that are part of this social network stuff.

  • Gregarius: self-hosted feed aggregator - "self-hosted" means you control the server side, which means no journaling service can control your choices. It's apparently much like self-hosting Wordpress, lots of post-reading features but no LJ-cuts tags. (entry from 2006)

  • Blogging: I "See" You! Blogging, as we all know it is a hybrid of a diary, a bully pulpit and a conversation among friends. But since it is being 'performed' in public, we often forget how visible we are. That visibility can be good: people find us and our stories, some bloggers/journals I know have gotten book contracts and jobs, others have found true love. The bad parts include getting exposed to employers, family and significant others who don't understand, getting stalked, or getting abused by anonymous trolls who disapprove of something we say.

  • Fanworks Finder - a directory of fanfic, vids and meta. Worth adding to, not much lotrips there yet.

  • Squidge.org - hosts fandom archives and mailing lists, is trying to become more than that, see their discussion journal.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 21st, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
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You're welcome (some of it I kinda skimmed)

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from: tvillingar
date: Sep. 20th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Excellent links, thank you!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 21st, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
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You're welcome!

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Sep. 20th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
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The Flickr guidelines are great!!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 21st, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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Aren't they? Though thickheaded 6A probably thinks they're doing that. Engaging and all that. WRONG.

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