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the future of LJ is… weird

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Apr. 28th, 2012 | 10:13 pm
mood: pessimistic

The community no_lj_ads has info on LiveJournal's plans for some kind of advertising I don't understand, involving self-promotion that earns tokens, paying for reposts, and entries floating to the top of your friends page, apparently visible even to paid and permanent accounts… There's more at ruljautonews and manonon.

And the current scrapbook (pics.livejournal.com) is being replaced by a new one. They're changing all flavors of friends group locking to "private", and the redirects are supposed to be automatic and invisible, but at least one of my friends has lost links to half of her thousands of images, so keep an eye on your old entries.

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Hekaterine

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from: hekateriness
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh for fuck's sake. *sighs*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I know, they could be a lot more coherent about plans, and "transparent" (new buzzword, but a good one) about getting to their goals.

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from: pir8fancier
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, that says to me that they are looking more to a Wordpress model as opposed to a Facebook model.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I like Wordpress and used it for a friend's pro site recently, but I don't see the value of self promotion. Maybe ONTD??

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from: pir8fancier
date: Apr. 30th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I don't see it as self-promotion. I think they want to monetize like you can with Wordpress. Like I could promote my novels here if I wanted. I think this makes a hell of a lot more sense because this is a journaling site much like Wordpress (as opposed to a social media site like FB, although, of course, there are lovely social aspects to LJ!).

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: May. 1st, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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Ah, that's starting to make sense. It would let you (generic you) promote your novels (especially with an affiliate link), people who know you would know they exist and buy them. That could at least offset your LJ account, and if a book takes off, could make you some actual cash.

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carribbe

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from: carribbe
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Ok - I've noted discussion of this from other people. I'll just have to see what happens I guess. I don't have anything in my scrapbook, (or nothing to worry about anyway), so that makes it all simpler for me.

I'm just beginning to get the hang of it - change is inevitable I guess.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
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They just manage change so very badly!

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The Ineffable Has Bludgeoned Me

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from: skulkings
date: Dec. 5th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
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I've given up on LJ completely. Not on people and activities and individual communities that happen to be on LJ. Just... LJ. That is, management, development path, revenue model, etc.

The thing is, LJ represented the web that I liked. The web which was based on sharing and community and long posts and privacy and play and breaking of barriers (geographic and more) between people of like interest and a lack of domination by commercialism and and the over extension of copyright. I didn't realize that what I considered my home – my journal – is considered in law to be assured of all the privacy of a billboard along side a busy freeway.

Now Dreamwidth represents that last bit of what I thought was the Internet and how Internet services should be run. But it is quite the last service that I have any sense of safety, hope and trust in.

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