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Livejournal Sold.

Livejournal sold:

Six Apart, the world's leading independent blogging software and services company, today announced that SUP, an international media company, has acquired LiveJournal (LJ), the pioneer of social networking communities online used by millions of people around the world to connect through personal journals and topic-based communities. SUP has launched an American company, LiveJournal, Inc., to manage and operate LiveJournal globally.

This agreement builds on the established and successful relationship between Six Apart and SUP, which entered into a licensing agreement in October 2006 permitting SUP to manage LiveJournal in Russia. The Russian LiveJournal community is second only to the U.S. in number of accounts, and has been influential enough in that country to make "LiveJournal" synonymous with "blogging" in Russian.


It's interesting to note, given that it arrives shortly after the idiotic announcement to flag offensive content. You'd have to assume that Six Apart knew it wouldn't go down well, and so timed it as a fuck you, we're gone, what can you do kind to us announcement. Indeed, one of the things on the new agenda is improving the flagging system, which to me is solved through removing. I doubt that will happen, though.

A while back someone bought me a permanent account here on livejournal, and I had no idea then, and no idea now, who it is (though I do thank you immensely, and if you want, please email me so I can know who you are), and I have, over the years, gotten a lot from livejournal. I like it, yes I do, but some of the decisions made by Six Apart have caused me to more than once think about leaving the blog here and starting somewhere new. Hopefully the change will be a good one.

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elenuial
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Really, for me, LJ remains all about the people -- and unlike most social networking sites that came later, it kinda mandates content. Which is nice as a low-level bozo filter, and provides a content stream as a more legitimate way of keeping in touch and exchanging ideas than, say, MySpace.

So, unless they horribly mangle something fundamental or end up driving away most of their user base or are secretly stalking me and selling my friends-only entries to the NSA, then I'll probably stick around. I don't much care about tags or anything else.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
the tagging bit pissed me off cause it allows other people to decide if my blog is 'offensive' or not. really, if someone finds it offensive, stop reading it--there's no 'go and complain to the corporate mummy and daddy' option.

ahem.

as you can see, tagging bugged me :)
elenuial
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Ah, you mean flagging. Tagging is when you self-label your posts with descriptive words or phrases that others can search with. Which you also don't use. :P

(neither do I, though...)

But, yeah, that whole flagging thing really annoyed me too. I mean, who cares? Like you said, if something upsets you then don't read it -- you control what content you see.

Mostly, though, I just rolled my eyes when I heard about that, since all LJ does is say, "No minors can read this!" and what do I care? It's not like I was trolling for underage ass anyways -- and kids are still going to lie about their age.

All LJ did was make more work for itself.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
well, i care. my blog is all about trolling for underage ass. who are they to stop me!

anyhow.

yes. flagging. not tagging. though i do have some tags, for nowhere near savannah and the books and such.
ataxi
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Re tags: did you turn some dodgy thing on on your profile that means I now have to click through "this post may contain adult content" to read your posts without logging in?
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
no, and that is flagging, not tagging, apparently.

i should go flip something to this site contains no adult content. let me know if it changes.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
how's that?
ataxi
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get the annoying auto-cut now. What did you change? There's a couple of other people on my f-list with the same issue.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
it's in the settings section. i flipped it to 'no adult content' for this blog.

there was a link going out last night that said if i flipped it to offensive, and then set it to non collapse or some shit, i'd stop it, but i guess that was wrong.
ataventure
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
I hope that the new LJ parent company will be more successful than Six Apart. Ugh, they have had problem after problem, crappy "upgrade" after crappy upgrade. As I commented on someone else's journal, I miss the good old days before Six Apart and I pray that this new internationally based company will be more like the original El Jay group.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
yeah, the time before six apart was a good time. of course, most of the problems 6a appears to have run into is their vision for the site and what pretty much everyone else sees the site for clashing.
kathrynlinge
Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
I am finding the new flag system unsettling too.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
yes, very much so.
crookfactory
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
I was reading your blog today at work (I didn't login to LiveJournal).

Not sure if it's related to the new sale/owner thing for LiveJournal, but all your posts were listed as "adult content", whereas previously, if I had read your blog at school (or any other place for that matter) it wouldn't be a problem.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
i've switched around the format, so hopefully it's been fixed of that. cause if not...

well, i won't be staying.
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benpeek
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
yeah, i know, the flagging thing bites. hopefully they're just remove that. though if i find out that my blog is still having a lj cut on it, i'll be leaving...
ex_chrisbil
Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Get a domain name and a customised WordPress, it's where it's at. CrossPost to LJ for viral goodness!
benpeek
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
yeah, i've thought about that. however, i don't really have the skills to customise a wordpress in any decent way, so i put it on hold till i can be assed learning.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hello
I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.
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