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we all love livejournal, don't we?
of course we do. what's not to like?

well, gentle reader, that's exactly the question i wanted to ask you..

what is it that you don't like about livejournal?

is it something that other blogging sites have and livejournal doesn't?
or if you've been on livejournal for a while, have there been any changes that you really dislike?
just let it all out! tell me! comment!


how would you rate livejournal on a scale of 1 to 10?

Mean: 8.66 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.08


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Jul. 20th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
My rating is 7 and slipping down. It's important to note that slipping down issue. When I first got here, in early 2001, there was a sense that we were making up the rules as we went, that the people who ran the site actually cared about the users and it was a community. It was a place you could just talk with the people here and maybe get some answers to your questions, and be who you wanted to be.

Now, six years later, and it's sprawl. It's not completely LJ to blame. "Blogging" became "popular." So everyone started getting blogs. And when something gets "hot," invariably it gets "cold." When a ton of people started to arrive, things started to suck. Really, as a writer, I don't want everyone to have a blog! And as a reader, definitely not!

The problem now is the fact that the shift from users to advertisers being most important to the chiefs of LJ. It's not good. And every minute with the "bannable offenses," and "illegal content."


it's ugly. What prompted you to ask?
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
I researched various sites in detail -- blogspot, blogger, a half dozen others before settling on LJ, for very sound reasons -- mostly the backdating option. Essentially, LJ has maintained a good system, although I understand people's complaints about advertising and banning and potential censorship. I still think it's hands down the best community on the web.

Plus, you're here, so it's like a double bonus!

Oh -- I have new friends from Netherlands here in the Pacific -- he's a divemaster and she manages a hotel (and she is stunningly beautiful) and they are from near Haarlem.
Jul. 20th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm still an LJ-fan...I tried some of the other blog-formats, but LJ comes out on top.

Sure, MySpace is easier to incorporate with all kinds of media, and you can see who's online, but I got sick and tired of the impromptu porn swung at me on a regular basis. I'm hardly a puritan, but I prefer not to find pics of men waving their johnsons about in my myspace-mailbox.

While I wouldn't call LJ 'ugly', more (easier?) designer features would be welcome indeed. Themes, backgrounds, easier own formatting,...
Jul. 20th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
How about what we like?

I think that both comment threading and comment notification e-mails have contributed to the growth of the community aspect, because it's easier to see who's responding to whom and easier to find out when someone has responded to you.
Jul. 20th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
for the limited use i make of it, lj suits me fine. personally, it's a tie between lj and xanga, lj actually having more pros to it; it's only that i don't update often as i only have one friend from real life who still uses lj. myspace is bottom of the barrel though. then again, i'm not a hard person to please, so i'm not going to bother to vote and skew the results. :P
Jul. 21st, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
My only negative is I would like an easier system to blog with photographs. Maybe I have not explored Photobucket or other options that are available.

I found Google's Picasa/Blogspot combination very easy to use.

I agree with most everyone else that the overall package is good and I like the other features.
Jul. 21st, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm just fine with Live Journal. I have tried to get off here a half dozen times and every time someone buys me another year of membership. I don't like the prepackaged look to some of the new layouts. But, they didn't force them on us.
So those who like them can use them and us old farts can still go our own way.
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