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22 January 2012 @ 08:50 pm
The LJ drama continues  

Following from my earlier post (DW/LJ), I don't know if everybody has seen the Fast Company article "The Return of LiveJournal" yet, which created some stir. Even better, theljstaff has posted a link to the article!

My personal theory is that it's a wonderfully subversive act on the part of the English-speaking LJ staff, who have constantly been kept out of the loop, not been explained the whys and wherefores of the changes, and not been given any say in the matter whatsoever. (That, or they are either incredibly stupid, which I don't believe, or incredibly rude, which I don't believe either. Igrick c.s. yes, the volunteers and other helpful staff, no.)

Although they did not quote it in the entry, they could trust on LJ'ers being good readers. Everybody pounced on this little tidbit:

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership.

You know, I may even start missing the LJ drama a bit when everybody has abandoned ship and LJ's wreck has sunk to the bottom of the Internet ocean. I think I'll get over it, though.

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when old krauts go badlisadarling on January 22nd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
I am not sure if the staff-account isn't just volunteers, which would explain their tongue in cheek post.
Mnemosyne: lewis furey_lethe_ on January 22nd, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is what I thought.
Patricksaintgeorge on January 23rd, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
LJ is pretty much a part of my life now. It is where I do the bulk of my journalling. Through LJ I have had the opportunity to meet and know many people I would not otherwise have known.

I wish the drama would end, I wish the owners would stop trying to milk the site for maximum profit.

I know that FaceBook is immensely profitable to the owners and I see many other sites trying to cash in on the social media concept, but writing is more important than mindless chatter.
Mnemosyne: words of wisdom_lethe_ on January 23rd, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
I wish the owners would stop trying to milk the site for maximum profit.

That is not going to happen, although I think they are going about it in extremely odd ways. Any company worth their salt would have fired igrick months ago for all the havoc he has created, but apparently they don't care about the massive exodus to Dreamwidth.

writing is more important than mindless chatter.

Not to the LJ overlords, they want LJ to become FaceBook Lite. Also, I gather from the article that their focus will be much more on (LJ-controlled?) communities. They are not interested in individual bloggers.

I strongly suspect that theljstaff linked to this article as a sort of coded message: "Sauve qui peut! Get out while you can!"

I for one am very happy to have my journal safely imported to Dreamwidth and the day that the last of my remaining friends and communities here leave for DW cannot come soon enough for my liking.