Is this the deathknell of Livejournal?
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Are personal journals such as Livejournal dying a slow and painful death now?
What do people think?
Anyway, no, I don't think they are. At least, my friends list is as active as ever.
However, having in excess of 4,000 posts to my main LiveJournal I am not likely to be making a switch. I am in a "consideration phase", though, of moving my book review blog to a platform (like Wordpress) which would be easier to "monetize".
I still have a dozen or so long-time LiveJournal friends who still use that primarily, but for the past few years I've been "living on Twitter", while still blogging on LJ.
Most of my friends have gone away from LJ for "more professions blogs" on blogspot/wordpress for similar blogs. Some of them found me on facebook, though I don't play the games there so my list has shrank in recent years. Now, I'm just wondering about the viability of keeping my personal thoughts on LJ. I don't think Blogger has the privacy options that LJ does offer.
The thing I hated most about Facebook was all that game/quiz/etc. crap. I eventually discovered the plug-in which used to be called "Facebook Purity" before Facebook made them change the name (it's now something like "Fluff Busting Purity") which blocks all that garbage and I never have to see it! Here's their FB page: http://www.facebook.com/fluffbustingpurity
I think what's happening is that journal sites have gone from being the option for social networking, to being, well, where you go if you want to keep an online journal, which they still do better than any of the others. People who aren't particularly interested in writing journal entries to share with limited groups of friends have better places to go now, but there are still plenty of us who like the format, and I don't forsee most of them abandoning it, as long as there's still a site up to use.
Completely agree there. There are simply so *many* social networking options nowadays, and many people seem to prefer the more friends-oriented things like Facebook.
But for blog-posts, diaries, journals, whatever you want to call them, I don't think LJ will fade away anytime soon. For example, I post little snips of the stories that I write on my LJ. It's friends-locked, it's not something I can post on Facebook with the way that site is set up, or Twitter, and I don't feel comfortable posting it for the world to see on a story-site.... So LJ is still the best place for me.
I mostly post about books on LJ and I would never post all of that on my Facebook as I know most of my friends on there just aren't interested. However, on LJ I've met many other bloggers with similar interests that I would not have found to communicate with so easily elsewhere.
(for the record: Dreamwidth, which is like LJ only better, and run by people who actually want to run a journaling service, has free open account creation until the end of the year.)
By the way ... what has been redesigned on LJ?
I still have the "Model T black" look to my journal (the initial default from the early days ... I'm user #2,663 and there weren't many options available back then!), and really haven't noticed much changes, except when they did the changing header.
There was a post recently (see my commentary HERE from the LJ management that made me feel that "they got it", and I'm thinking that as long as they keep LJ to what "LJ is", it will be continuing.
One thing I do wish they'd fix is the default to Russian on some automatic features' (like the thing which feeds one's Tweets into a daily post) titles, etc. ... but if the stuff that's irritating me about LJ is that far down the list, I think they're doing a fine job.
I guess if your usage of the site doesn't involve much commenting, you wouldn't have noticed.
(There's also a rumor floating around that they're going to do a complete redesign that makes the friends page function more like a facebook wall, but I'll believe ithat one when I see it.)