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Ah, livejournal responds to the drama they caused...

Mostly BS. I'd say the entire post was BS, but that's just me.

Oh, and to answer questions, no, I will not be moving from LJ anytime soon. I will stay only as long as they honor what was initially offered to the permanent account holders.

But I do intend to have a backup plan if I do need to move.

Speaking of which, I also need a way to backup my information on facebook. Ideally, I'd like to keep a copy of all photos tagged with me, all photos I've uploaded, names and contact information for all of my friends. Anyone happen to know where to start?


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evrdream33 From: evrdream33 Date: March 14th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm ... so what is it specifically about the whole situation that that's upsetting? O.o I'm just curious.

If you do figure out a way to backup the info on FB, give me a heads up? Sounds like a useful thing to do.
ibneko From: ibneko Date: March 14th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Mm. Well, first, they changed things without consulting the users. Compounded with the past policy issues, and the general failure-to-communicate properly has dropped general opinion of the management.

Second, the change itself is rather icky. I had been a staunch supporter* of LiveJournal in the past primarily because they offered the one place where you could blog without ads. So this move came across as a rather nasty sideblow / betrayal. Initially, the addition of the "plus" status (free account, but with ads, in exchange for more bell and whistles) made me wince, but it wasn't all that bad, since you still had that option of making a free account without advertisements. But now, it's "Unless you pay us, you have to view ads."

Which, yes, isn't all that different from most other websites in the world, but from the standpoint of someone who's been using livejournal, both hacking their code, and using the actual product... it's a sad, terrible step to take.

*It also was the primary difference between Xanga and LiveJournal. And while LJ's interface is still prettier by a lot, it's hard to say that they're "better" anymore.

Edited at 2008-03-14 05:23 am (UTC)
evrdream33 From: evrdream33 Date: March 14th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm. But when you think about like a wireless company, they wouldn't necessarily consult their customers before making a change. Isn't there usually a "policy is subject to change" notice somewhere anyway? Though I guess LJ is a little different in that it's an online social network among other things, and it's a lot easier to communicate with with their "customers"/users, but regardless it is still a business of sorts. Though I get your "failure-to-communicate" reason. Maybe they didn't think it was a priority since the policy wouldn't change for old users.

I guess I understand, too, if the ad-less feature was something you felt really strongly about. That was one of the reasons I really liked LJ too. I really didn't like when they introduced the Plus account, but that's only 'cause my LJ is very personal to me, I would never want ads over it. On the other hand it was cool if other people were okay with ads on their LJ and wanted to take advantage of the extra features. Though, again, it doesn't change for past users who are used to not having ads, so I suppose they didn't see it was a big deal. I guess if they discover that there is a significant decline in new users, they'll have to rethink their decision. It is possible that the company didn't think about the importance of being ad-less blog network, but that would depend on how many people feel as strongly as you do about it. What would probably have been a smart idea to do is to do a poll of some sort or some other consumer research method to gauge how important that aspect is to the majority of their users.
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