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I see livejournal has redesigned its homepage. It basically looks shit. About a third of the screen tells me who has visited my journal, any events(ie birthdays, but this information is incorrect) and who has looked at my journal(presumably not via their friend's page). I then have about four screen's worth devoted to the top journals, top posts and top communities. I am not sure how top is exactly defined but it seems to be some sort of popularity contest. The font on the top post bit is huge and it is dominated by celebrity crap.

I guess LJ know their market and seem keen to have a site based on around a smaller number of huge communities. I just wonder if it serves me so well, a lot of the communities I used to follow are totally moribund([livejournal.com profile] livejournal_uk a source of many of my friends has not been posted to since April). I thought [livejournal.com profile] thequestionclub is quite busy with 40ish posts a day, but in 2009 it was getting maybe 200 a day.

Laura spent a bit of time on Saturday changing the look of her blog(we also got the domain www.kneadwhine.co.uk. Even though Blogger is supposed to be a poor option it does offer much better customisation than livejournal.

I quite fancy starting up a blog somewhere, just not really sure of niche. I have had a non-ficiton book blog in the past but most people will just read the review on Amazon. I wonder what the long term future of livejournal is(and feel that dreamwidth is not such a good backup as the interface is even worse). I quite like the fact I have nearly 12 years worth of posts here, but then if I had started last week I would probably have left a long time ago.

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Looks like livejournal has a new update journal page. It seems to be causing a degree of fuss. It is fine really, It seems to have quite a lot of white space. I find it a bit odd that a lot of it seems to be icon driven, which means you need to take your hand off the mouse and click on one of the icons and then go back to the keyboard. I don't know lj feels a long way behind twitter and facebook these days. Hashtags and @person's names seem better than what LJ offers. I am not sure the new changes are precisely bad, but I think they could have been more radical. The ability to enter a post direct from the friendspage would have been good. I would probably remove the mood, musi and location stuff as well.
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Livejounal supposedly has a notification thing. But it rarely seems to worth for me anymore, but for some reason is seems to only notify me of about 50% of comments. How can they not have got this right yet? It seems like such a core function. From lj_news posts rants it seems things go wrong after they email out the tedious weekly livejournla news update(essentially fan-fic involving an imaginary goat and ads for oh no they didn't).
Does this affect pretty much everyone or is it just a select group that includes me?
radiantsoul: (Default)
Livejounal supposedly has a notification thing. But it rarely seems to worth for me anymore, but for some reason is seems to only notify me of about 50% of comments. How can they not have got this right yet? It seems like such a core function. From lj_news posts rants it seems things go wrong after they email out the tedious weekly livejournla news update(essentially fan-fic involving an imaginary goat and ads for oh no they didn't).
Does this affect pretty much everyone or is it just a select group that includes me?
radiantsoul: (Default)
Livejounal supposedly has a notification thing. But it rarely seems to worth for me anymore, but for some reason is seems to only notify me of about 50% of comments. How can they not have got this right yet? It seems like such a core function. From lj_news posts rants it seems things go wrong after they email out the tedious weekly livejournla news update(essentially fan-fic involving an imaginary goat and ads for oh no they didn't).
Does this affect pretty much everyone or is it just a select group that includes me?
radiantsoul: (Livejournal vs real life)
It seems like reports of livejournal's demise were greatly exaggerated. I am left wondering what all the people who work for livejournal actually do on a daily basis, I kind of suspect they spend it google lol cats or something. What has happened is some resourcing on the development side is being transferred to Russia, presumably because it is cheaper.

I remember, oh about a year ago, they were looking to set up a livejournal advisory board to consult on changes to livejournal. We elected someone who likes to write stories about Harry Potters imagined sex life to represent us the general users. They(he/she/it) then made their journal friends only and provides no way of contacting them. Nice to see we are being listened too then.

...But on the plus side they created another community so we could be updated on what goes on. And here it is [livejournal.com profile] lj_advisory, alas no meaningful update has ever been posted. Christ only knows if the meeting actually took place.

I actually half heartedly dropped my hat into the ring. Overal I stand by this program. The big thing for me is still delivery. I am not sure what exactly LJ has actually delivered this year in terms of work on the site. I don't see that scrapbook really works, memories are a joke, they haven't created an offical backup tool(I have requested this in the suggestions community here, the site is relatively complex to navigate.

I don't really know who is to blame, weak management probably more so than the programmers, but the US developers have not delivered much and so perhaps those in Russia might have a better shot at things. It seems that when things are changed(the profile page for example the general readership simply object). Personally I would actually remove the silly scrapbook stuff and find some way to help people migrate to photobook, cease to support memories(we have tags now) and kill off the lj labs thing. I would also remove the manage schools thing(better suited to facebook).

I think that LJ has got somewhat better recently, but the advertising business model may be struggling and the gap between paid and plus members is not great enough to encourage people to migrate. Probably the solution is to remove basic accounts(fucking freeloaders) and degrade plus accounts.
radiantsoul: (Livejournal vs real life)
It seems like reports of livejournal's demise were greatly exaggerated. I am left wondering what all the people who work for livejournal actually do on a daily basis, I kind of suspect they spend it google lol cats or something. What has happened is some resourcing on the development side is being transferred to Russia, presumably because it is cheaper.

I remember, oh about a year ago, they were looking to set up a livejournal advisory board to consult on changes to livejournal. We elected someone who likes to write stories about Harry Potters imagined sex life to represent us the general users. They(he/she/it) then made their journal friends only and provides no way of contacting them. Nice to see we are being listened too then.

...But on the plus side they created another community so we could be updated on what goes on. And here it is [livejournal.com profile] lj_advisory, alas no meaningful update has ever been posted. Christ only knows if the meeting actually took place.

I actually half heartedly dropped my hat into the ring. Overal I stand by this program. The big thing for me is still delivery. I am not sure what exactly LJ has actually delivered this year in terms of work on the site. I don't see that scrapbook really works, memories are a joke, they haven't created an offical backup tool(I have requested this in the suggestions community here, the site is relatively complex to navigate.

I don't really know who is to blame, weak management probably more so than the programmers, but the US developers have not delivered much and so perhaps those in Russia might have a better shot at things. It seems that when things are changed(the profile page for example the general readership simply object). Personally I would actually remove the silly scrapbook stuff and find some way to help people migrate to photobook, cease to support memories(we have tags now) and kill off the lj labs thing. I would also remove the manage schools thing(better suited to facebook).

I think that LJ has got somewhat better recently, but the advertising business model may be struggling and the gap between paid and plus members is not great enough to encourage people to migrate. Probably the solution is to remove basic accounts(fucking freeloaders) and degrade plus accounts.
radiantsoul: (Livejournal vs real life)
It seems like reports of livejournal's demise were greatly exaggerated. I am left wondering what all the people who work for livejournal actually do on a daily basis, I kind of suspect they spend it google lol cats or something. What has happened is some resourcing on the development side is being transferred to Russia, presumably because it is cheaper.

I remember, oh about a year ago, they were looking to set up a livejournal advisory board to consult on changes to livejournal. We elected someone who likes to write stories about Harry Potters imagined sex life to represent us the general users. They(he/she/it) then made their journal friends only and provides no way of contacting them. Nice to see we are being listened too then.

...But on the plus side they created another community so we could be updated on what goes on. And here it is [livejournal.com profile] lj_advisory, alas no meaningful update has ever been posted. Christ only knows if the meeting actually took place.

I actually half heartedly dropped my hat into the ring. Overal I stand by this program. The big thing for me is still delivery. I am not sure what exactly LJ has actually delivered this year in terms of work on the site. I don't see that scrapbook really works, memories are a joke, they haven't created an offical backup tool(I have requested this in the suggestions community here, the site is relatively complex to navigate.

I don't really know who is to blame, weak management probably more so than the programmers, but the US developers have not delivered much and so perhaps those in Russia might have a better shot at things. It seems that when things are changed(the profile page for example the general readership simply object). Personally I would actually remove the silly scrapbook stuff and find some way to help people migrate to photobook, cease to support memories(we have tags now) and kill off the lj labs thing. I would also remove the manage schools thing(better suited to facebook).

I think that LJ has got somewhat better recently, but the advertising business model may be struggling and the gap between paid and plus members is not great enough to encourage people to migrate. Probably the solution is to remove basic accounts(fucking freeloaders) and degrade plus accounts.
radiantsoul: (Default)
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
radiantsoul: (Default)
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
radiantsoul: (Beauty in the world)
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Good question. I think it often seems to change, so at different times it means different things.

*Sometimes I regard it as an outlet for my writing or ideas. When I started I think I even saw livejournal as a way of advertising myself.
*At other times it is straightforward journal recording what I am doing or thinking at a specific point in time.
*At other times it is a way to interact with and met new people.
*Finally it offers communities which allow forums for discussing issues.

I feel that LJ is for various reason not idea at any of the functions.
*In terms of an outlet for views and writing I tend to rarely receive comments for my best stuff, and the lack of searchablity makes it certain that they only have a limited life in the public domain.
*As a journal I have learnt on several occasions what you write anywhere on the net is never really private and so you are always constrained. And because you are publishing something you always have to mindful of how it will be received by other people/readers.
*As a way to interact with people it is ok, but I feel online friendships have a very different character to real ones. I have not physically met more than a handful of people from the net, and to be honest of those that I have I probably only regard Laura as the one I was actually glad to have met. I also wonder if it allows some friendships to last longer than they should have done.
*As a forum the lack of searchability is a major irritation. And I also think the way posts are sorted by posting data rather than the last comment received means that on a lot of communities any debate is pretty soon crushed down into two people arguing with each other whilst everyone else moves on.
radiantsoul: (Beauty in the world)
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Good question. I think it often seems to change, so at different times it means different things.

*Sometimes I regard it as an outlet for my writing or ideas. When I started I think I even saw livejournal as a way of advertising myself.
*At other times it is straightforward journal recording what I am doing or thinking at a specific point in time.
*At other times it is a way to interact with and met new people.
*Finally it offers communities which allow forums for discussing issues.

I feel that LJ is for various reason not idea at any of the functions.
*In terms of an outlet for views and writing I tend to rarely receive comments for my best stuff, and the lack of searchablity makes it certain that they only have a limited life in the public domain.
*As a journal I have learnt on several occasions what you write anywhere on the net is never really private and so you are always constrained. And because you are publishing something you always have to mindful of how it will be received by other people/readers.
*As a way to interact with people it is ok, but I feel online friendships have a very different character to real ones. I have not physically met more than a handful of people from the net, and to be honest of those that I have I probably only regard Laura as the one I was actually glad to have met. I also wonder if it allows some friendships to last longer than they should have done.
*As a forum the lack of searchability is a major irritation. And I also think the way posts are sorted by posting data rather than the last comment received means that on a lot of communities any debate is pretty soon crushed down into two people arguing with each other whilst everyone else moves on.
radiantsoul: (Beauty in the world)
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Good question. I think it often seems to change, so at different times it means different things.

*Sometimes I regard it as an outlet for my writing or ideas. When I started I think I even saw livejournal as a way of advertising myself.
*At other times it is straightforward journal recording what I am doing or thinking at a specific point in time.
*At other times it is a way to interact with and met new people.
*Finally it offers communities which allow forums for discussing issues.

I feel that LJ is for various reason not idea at any of the functions.
*In terms of an outlet for views and writing I tend to rarely receive comments for my best stuff, and the lack of searchablity makes it certain that they only have a limited life in the public domain.
*As a journal I have learnt on several occasions what you write anywhere on the net is never really private and so you are always constrained. And because you are publishing something you always have to mindful of how it will be received by other people/readers.
*As a way to interact with people it is ok, but I feel online friendships have a very different character to real ones. I have not physically met more than a handful of people from the net, and to be honest of those that I have I probably only regard Laura as the one I was actually glad to have met. I also wonder if it allows some friendships to last longer than they should have done.
*As a forum the lack of searchability is a major irritation. And I also think the way posts are sorted by posting data rather than the last comment received means that on a lot of communities any debate is pretty soon crushed down into two people arguing with each other whilst everyone else moves on.
radiantsoul: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Almost everyone on my friends list I guess. Obviously Laura too.

In the main it is a good thing as you get to interact with people you might otherise not have done. On the other hand lj is a little bit lacking in interactivity. Maybe the low expectations in terms of interest help keep friendship alive longer than they might otherwise.
radiantsoul: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Almost everyone on my friends list I guess. Obviously Laura too.

In the main it is a good thing as you get to interact with people you might otherise not have done. On the other hand lj is a little bit lacking in interactivity. Maybe the low expectations in terms of interest help keep friendship alive longer than they might otherwise.
radiantsoul: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Almost everyone on my friends list I guess. Obviously Laura too.

In the main it is a good thing as you get to interact with people you might otherise not have done. On the other hand lj is a little bit lacking in interactivity. Maybe the low expectations in terms of interest help keep friendship alive longer than they might otherwise.
radiantsoul: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I am not sure if I can remember where I discovered about livejournal itself. I know that www.lpbk.net had a blog on his website and I was reading that, which was before the whole blog thing really took off. At the time I had a website, now sadly defunct that I used to primarily to pull birds. Like most people it was pretty naff and so I added a few bits to it, a few quotes, stories, etc. But it was hard to find new content and so a journal seemed like a good idea. That was back in 2001.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I am not sure if I can remember where I discovered about livejournal itself. I know that www.lpbk.net had a blog on his website and I was reading that, which was before the whole blog thing really took off. At the time I had a website, now sadly defunct that I used to primarily to pull birds. Like most people it was pretty naff and so I added a few bits to it, a few quotes, stories, etc. But it was hard to find new content and so a journal seemed like a good idea. That was back in 2001.
radiantsoul: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I am not sure if I can remember where I discovered about livejournal itself. I know that www.lpbk.net had a blog on his website and I was reading that, which was before the whole blog thing really took off. At the time I had a website, now sadly defunct that I used to primarily to pull birds. Like most people it was pretty naff and so I added a few bits to it, a few quotes, stories, etc. But it was hard to find new content and so a journal seemed like a good idea. That was back in 2001.

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