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.