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I just figured since I ran across this information that I should pass it along. Apparently, livejournal just fired 20 of their 28 employees. To quote from the (verified) article "The company's product managers and engineers were laid off, leaving only a handful of finance and operations workers — which speaks to a website to be left on life support." Which also speaks to one that's liable to crash and have buggy issues.
I don't know about the rest of you, but lj will leave a hole if it goes down. There are a lot of people I only have contact with through lj. There's a few of you I only know through here, some of you who are friends that I no longer live anywhere near, and some of you are people I met through someone else IRL but we only keep in touch here. So if this thing fails or they take the next step that so many other companies have taken with this economy and they just give up, this will leave me with no way to talk to so many people and will leave me feeling a lot more alone than I like. Charles often teases me about how I check my lj so much, but especially since I moved I've essentially relied on it to remind me that there are people out there.
And don't forget that also I have been on this stupid site since 2000. That's a solid 8 years worth of my life written down only on here. I feel like someone is holding my personal diaries over a fire and saying "Well they aren't making any money for _us_ so..."

So here's my two proposals, just in case this site tanks entirely. First off, if I don't already have you on myspace, we should fix that. That's the only other place I am online. If you don't have a myspace, then, um, I dunno... maybe you should get one. And no, before anyone asks, I do not have a facebook. The other thing I'm going to do later today is figure out some way to back up my journal. At some point I remember seeing some program that would do such a thing. If I manage to find it, I will post a link here later or something. RIght now I shouldbe leaving for work though :(

Date: 2009-01-06 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2009-01-06 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honestly, I'd recommend Facebook. It has a lot of cool features, and doesn't suck like MySpace does.

Date: 2009-01-06 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Facebook really isn't that bad. I prefer it to myspace because there's no wonky customizations which means my computer doesn't crash 10 times a day trying to visit my friends pages on facebook. Get one bb!

And let me know if you figure out some way of backing up your journal, I've got about five years of teenage angst invested in this thing and I don't want to lose a single word of it.

Date: 2009-01-06 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Um... I could not deal with losing my LJ...

Date: 2009-01-06 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, for real... I'm working on archiving my LJ right now, but that's only half the problem. This is my social life! Right now I'm kinda hoping it'll magically turn itself around, but deep down I know that's not gonna happen.

Date: 2009-01-06 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There's a faq entry on saving your journal.

Should have all the info you need.

Date: 2009-01-08 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Facebook is apples to oranges from MySpace. The UI is much cleaner, the ads are FAR less obtrusive, and the whole experience far more user-configurable. They have mad redundant backups to prevent spammers, hackers, and stalkers. Plus, you can filter whom you want to hear more or less from so that you don't have to be notified every time your 16 year-old cousin posts an "About Me" survey.
The fact you can play Java games against your friends without your having to be online is a fantastic feature, and the games are a lot nicer than the stuff you'll typically find on yahoo games or similar sites. There's an app that allows you to have a blog feed, so that every time you update your blog you can have that information appear both on your main profile page and on the "news feed" that all the people on your friends list see.
You can reccomend and review books, movies, and music, and compare your taste in each to your friends. Turns out me and my BFF agogo still have the same taste in a lot of stuff, so we're always exchanging book and movie recommendations. We _never_ talked when we were both on MySpace. It was too annoying. Unfortunately, he did recommend "The Mist," but that's not exactly Facebook's fault. Facebook is all-around a great tool - it's not popular because it's the next thing the cool kids are into, it's popular because it takes all the best things about the Internet and puts them all in one place.


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