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Nov. 1st, 2012

ok it may not all be as bad as presented the first time around, but it probably won't be something most of us will like very much either. for those of you who aren't watching the lj_releases community (which you really should btw):

this entry had the announcement that your friends page is going to be redesigned as a system page, and the link to older entries is to be replaced by infinite scroll. you can see that a lot of people commented on that entry. currently as i'm writing this, there are 1770 comments. while i've only skimmed the first few hundred, i haven't seen many positive opinions.

a newer entry tells us we'll at least be allowed to turn off infinite scroll and there will be some basic customization available that will include at least text size and background images. also, a misunderstanding about paid accounts being cancelled is cleared up.

in the past i've said a few times that i'd never leave LiveJournal, and i will keep that promise. however, that doesn't mean i won't try to find myself a second home. or third..
i am on Facebook and Twitter, but not exactly flooding your timelines with updates as you may have noticed. every time things go horribly awry at LiveJournal, people start talking about Dreamwidth. i created an account there ([personal profile] tamar) back in 2009, but didn't do anything with it. i should read my friends page reading page there more often. (so add me, give access..) maybe i'll start cross-posting at one point, we'll see..

back on LiveJournal, this new look of our friends page may be giving people headaches (literally) and even if that doesn't happen, some of us may feel we are subjected to an assault on our sense of style. and i should mention that for a while now i've been wondering: "hey where did everyone go? is there anyone left here besides me?"


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penpusher
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm just testing this new feed now. Or maybe I now have it permanently now that I pushed the button? It's not *that* bad. But there are issues.

Likewise, my Dreamwidth account is called "penpusher" which is basically sitting dormant.

I'd hate to think I'm going to need to go to Dreamwidth now, after all of this... the irony of having a perm account here is that now that I have covered the cost of having it may mean that it's over!

This is a tough one.
penpusher
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Ok. Now I've tried the friends page out and I see what everyone is talking about.

The problem is several fold. The color scheme is as ugly as possible. The scrolling is just a total waste. It's everything that LJ never was previously.

So, yeah... I see why people are ready to abandon. But what's this about "paid accounts" disappearing? Does this mean that "permanent accounts" will likewise go away?
penpusher
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh, forget that paid/perm question... I see what they said in that second entry you linked.
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murphy59
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Wait, what? Why would they force everyone to have the same friends page?
author_author
Nov. 3rd, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be so bad if friends (or people I have had some interaction with) leave LJ and then found just one or two sites where they would settle for a while, but they end up scattered all over the place. It's so hard to keep track of everyone individually, much like real life really.
azurelunatic
Nov. 3rd, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
I am still reading here, but I stopped crossposting after the comment subjects thing.
solri
Dec. 9th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
I've been experimenting with Dreamwidth. Since only ironed_orchid out of all my friends posts regularly on Dreamwidth, though, I don't read much there. I just use it as my master composition tool: I write something there; it gets crossposted to LJ; LJ sends it to Twitter; Twitter sends it to Facebook; Facebook sends it to third-party companies, the Department of Homeland Security etc.
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