First, if you haven't read the latest news, then go here and do so...
Or for those who don't want to bother to follow the link, I'll just put the whole thing right here.
(Quoting from the above-linked entry here.)
LJ is for . . .
There seems to be some confusion circulating among many users, so we wanted to take a moment to try to clear some things up.
All of us who work here at LJ and at Six Apart, the parent company of LiveJournal, believe that journals, blogs and online communities can truly enrich all our lives. We know that people use journals and blogs in different ways, and we're trying to support that by making the world's best blogging tools. Six Apart has already created the software of Movable Type and the hosted service TypePad, and they acquired LiveJournal in January 2005. Six Apart is also launching a new service called Vox, based on learning from all three of these blogging tools.
LJ & Vox
We'd like to clear up the relationship between Vox and LiveJournal. They are two separate services, and will remain so. LiveJournal users won't be forced into using Vox. You're welcome to visit Vox in its preview stage right now, but note that accounts are being opened up gradually until it's launched to the public this fall.
Some users are concerned that Six Apart's energy will be focused on Vox to the detriment of LJ, which isn't true. On the contrary, all of the teams here are communicating knowledge so we can share features and innovations. For instance, LJ is in the process of helping make it easy for users to post videos from YouTube and photos from Photobucket, which is an idea that started on Vox. We'll roll out those features in the coming weeks.
Another point of confusion came from some wording on the Six Apart website, which states that "LiveJournal has grown to be an amazing community of fiercely independent bloggers, primarily teenagers and twenty-somethings." We know the first part is true, but some people are questioning the second part. Though a few different sources confirm that the largest group of LJ users falls into the ages of around 18-24, a lot of LJ users feel that description just doesn't describe LJ's diverse community. We want you to know that we've heard your concerns, and now we're challenging you to help us make our statistics more accurate. The way you can do this is by following this meme that you might have already seen:
Go to the profile page and specify your full date of birth, including your year of birth. If you don't want everyone to see how old you are, make sure the box that says "show your birthday to other users" is unchecked. The important thing is to get yourself into the database. Then tell your friends about it, and ask them to do it too.
Finally, we want to reiterate that LiveJournal is a place where you can be yourself. We welcome users of all ages, with all interests, and we know that LJ's unique and diverse community is what makes it special. All of us on the staff have made friends on LJ who are totally different from us, live in different countries, have different points of view, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Our intention as we make changes to the site is to make LJ a better place so our current users and new users will want to use it. Sometimes we'll make mistakes, but we'll try our best to fix them. It stings when y'all yell at us, but we love that you're passionate about how you feel. :)
So we mean it when we say it (and we will take our own advice): Be A Goat, Not A Sheep!
Yes, you're damned right that I was one of those people involved in complaining. Not just about the concept of changing LiveJournal into a clone of MySpace, but more importantly about how older users will be treated here in the future. (And I continue to believe there are more of us around than anyone suspects. I feel that's partly difficult to surmise due to a lack of desire on the part of many to indicate their actual age -- for many valid reasons, by the way.)
Anyway, it's a lovely can of worms, with loads of LJ Drama! (smile) Nobody is buying what the current ADMIN has to say at this point.
It reminds me of what Marilyn mistressmarilyn likes to say about honesty and liars...
She feels we all start out with an equally big account in our 'trust banks' -- but as people lie and get caught, those accounts become more and more empty. In this case, when you've used up the last of the account, it's pretty hard to ever make a deposit. Basically you're screwed, because people have your number and refuse to believe anything you say -- no matter how sincere you might be.
Our sister and her family have all been pretty good liars -- which means it's pretty hard to know when to trust their word. (I've been gullible enough to believe Sue over and over again when she was lying to me, mostly because I'm such a terrible liar myself... smile... Anyway...)
Trust is an interesting thing, isn't it? (grin)
Let's just say that when it comes to the LJ ADMIN (and what they're telling us), we'll all need to be shown that things aren't going to go in a direction we don't care for.
But as I've stated as frankly as possible in the past -- it's entirely possible that the paid accounts here simply aren't worth as much to LiveJournal (and Six Apart) as ad-supported journals might be. Let'd keep in mind that GreatestJournal -- which is a free service -- has always been ad-supported. Maybe that's where LJ/Six Apart would prefer to go, as well. And for all we know there could be a lot more money in that. Personally I've no clue how it works -- but if it's not a good way to make money, then why do so many sites run ads??? (I wonder how much it bugs Brad that his goal to keep LJ 'ad free' is heading down the tubes...)
I did take time to read quite a few of the more than 2,500 comments, anyway. Highly entertaining, in an 'LJ Drama' sort of way. (smile)
By the way, not to stir up a hornets nest of protests by paid users, mind you, but I've also always said that we don't begin to pay enough for this service to bitch all that much more than a free user.
Anyway, I'll be sorry if LJ goes too far away from the place I've known and enjoyed since 2002, but it's probably a lot like whining about changes in the neighborhoods we all live in -- progress will happen, whether we like it or not. (And we're rarely in a position to determine what will be seen as 'progress' by those in power...)
Which doesn't mean I plan to keep my mouth shut and take this whole 'change' lying down! (Obviously.) As an American, I feel it's my right to basically bitch about anything and everything. (heh) That's just the way we are, folks. (No wonder there are so many people in other countries that find Americans obnoxious!)
Well, I need to do an actual 'update' post here. There's tons to tell! But I think a nice nap might be in order...
(It's lovely to be home today, by the way!)