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I posted the following to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.  The response there is also DO NOT WANT!

Fast Company publishes an article titled The Return of LiveJournal. This should be good news. It isn't.

According to LiveJournal general manager Anjelika Petrochenko, LiveJournal's planning a major 2012 push based around attracting new users to community sites. Petrochenko told Fast Company that the blogging service was planning between 10-50 new community sites by the end of 2012. These new community sites will offer organizers and admins highly detailed metrics and statistics on user activity that appear to be more detailed than Facebook. Petrochenko also stressed that LiveJournal accounts do not have to be tied to a real name/identity and offered greater anonymity than other social networks. However, LiveJournal has been involved in numerous censorship controversies in the past.

Oh No They Didn't will be the first community site to participate in LiveJournal's initiative. The company designed custom widgets to highlight frequent commenters, instituted new metric tracking and analysis systems, and created a new, community-driven interface seemingly designed to deemphasize blog content. The next LiveJournal-hosted site to get a makeover will be the popular AnythingDisney fan site. LiveJournal is staking their continued American growth on the community model; Oh No They Didn't's Brenden Delzer was hired as an on-staff community editor by LiveJournal several months ago.

The formatting of Oh No They Didn't--which includes advertising and a commenting-heavy interface--is close to what LiveJournal has planned for other communities.
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LiveJournal recently unveiled a complete redesign that overhauled the service's comments system, emphasized social networking, and set the stage for the upcoming communities blitz. Reaction from longtime users has been overwhelmingly negative--LiveJournal patrons slammed the redesign on the service's official blog.

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership. The challenge for Petrochenko and other executives at LiveJournal will be redefining the brand's identity in a crowded media marketplace.


The entire article was posted over at ontd_political here. The response has been 150+  ~190 comments (and counting) of DO NOT WANT!

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Listen to my new episode Interviews of Coffee Party Board Candidates at http://tobtr.com/s/2422379. #BlogTalkRadio
Tonight's interviewees are Eric Whinery, Treasurer, Jose Gutierrez, At-Large, and Jeanene Louden, Secretary.
Next interviews will be Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM Eastern Time. Scheduled are Egberto Willies, Craig Dunigan, and Kerry Helmer.

Yes, folks, I am now an internet radio host.
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Seriously.

Last Night in Michigan (248)

I'm not sure how to feel about that. Maybe glad I'm too old to be participating, but young enough to be amused.
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On August 1st, I made the following promise on Dreamwidth.
That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. If it's Crazy Eddie's Motie News passing 25, I'll crosspost it there, too.
As you can tell both from the bolding and that you're either reading it on Crazy Eddie's Motie News or you're seeing the "crossposted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News" notice while reading it on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal, my Blogspot/Blogger followers hit 25. I'm actually a bit late, as the event happened late last week (thank you John Henry for being the 25th follower), but I had a good excuse--it's final exam time. Notice that my posting rate slowed down early this week, as I was grading. Final exams are now graded, so it's time to post the next update.

Twitter: 478
Facebook: 423 (was as high as 424)
Daily Kos: 140 (still down from 141)
LiveJournal: 124
(down from 125, although the person who defriended me is now subscribed to me on Dreamwidth)
Huffington Post: 107 fans and 106 friends
(I've had this account for a while, but never got around to including it until now)
Dreamwidth: 41
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 25
YouTube: 18 friends and 12 subscribers
(I could have more, but I'm not impressed by the people who try to friend me on YouTube)
Journalfen: 8 (no movement for months here)
Google+: 5 (New!)
Flickr: 1
Posterous: 1

Now I'm wondering if I should get a Tumblr account. The coolest kids seem to be on that service.

That concludes this irregular update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth or Blogspot/Blogger, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.

Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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On June 10th, I wrote:

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.


As you can tell from the bolding, I passed two milestones.  The 125 on LJ happened sometime in July, while the 450 on Twitter happened on Friday.  Time for another update!

Twitter: 453
Facebook: 411 (was as high as 412)
Daily Kos: 140 (down from 141--time to write more interesting diaries!)
Livejournal: 125
Dreamwidth: 40 (the DDoS on LJ really drove this number up)
YouTube: 15 friends and 11 subscribers (I could have more, but I'm not impressed by the people who try to friend me on YouTube)
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 22
Journalfen: 8 (no movement for months here)
Flickr: 1
Posterous: 1 (new!)

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.  If it's Crazy Eddie's Motie News passing 25, I'll crosspost it there, too.


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Here's something inspired by this thread on the most recent LJ is down post on JournalFen. People there are counting their blessings that U.S. LJ users are so far not calling for SUP to suspend accounts of Russian users who are being targeted. In particular, lied_ohne_worte wrote about the last DDoS:
Yes, I recall suggestions to just put everything Russian on it own servers, so that everyone else can enjoy fandom in peace. LJ going after fanart: ZOMG FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Political bloggers under a not-exactly democratic regime being attacked, and LJ actually preserving their freedom of speech: ZOMG WHY CAN'T YOU SUSPEND THEIR ACCOUNTS!?!
My response:
I figured out something a while ago and posted it in a comment to a Huffington Post article on Dancing with the Stars. “America is quite clear about its screwed up priorities­. My experience has convinced me that the surest way to get Americans to act is to mess with their entertainm­ent." Google says my insight wasn't original. In a letter preserved in a blog post copy of a Paul Krugman New York Times article,# Paul Box, Alice Springs, Australia observed, "Mess with people's health care or retirement and they get fatalistic. Mess with their entertainment or Internet access, and you've got war!" LJ down is messing with both enertainment and internet access, so no wonder the U.S. users are grumpy.
*That was in 2007. I swear that I never saw it before and came up with my opinion independently. Second!
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The Register: Mystery data centre snag floors LiveJournal
Eyes crossed out, tongue protruding
By John Leyden • Get more from this author
Posted in Networks, 26th July 2011 09:05 GMT

Community and blogging site LiveJournal is continuing to suffer a prolonged outage.

The service has been down since Monday due to unspecified data centre problems. Russian media firm SUP bought LiveJournal from original developers Six Apart back in 2007 before moving product development and design functions to Russia.

LiveJournal was hit by a DDoS attack earlier this year but a second attack does not appear to be the cause of this week's extended outage. ®


In other words, The Register doesn't have a clue. At least they admit it.

BTW, LJ is back up.

UPDATE: But it's not as up as one might think: Failed to crosspost entry to darksumomo@LiveJournal: Failed to connect to http://www.livejournal.com/interface/xmlrpc.
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In addition to my posts about the travails of Julie Bass here on Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I've been blogging about it elsewhere, beginning with posts to my Dreamwidth and my LiveJournal. I've also posted it to ontd_political on Dreamwidth, unfunnybusiness on JournalFen, and peakoil_prep and ontd_political twice on LiveJournal. The results have been very satisfying.

For starters, those posts have received lots of comments. The winner so far has been the first post on ontd_political on LJ, Michigan Woman could go to jail for planting vegetable garden, which prompted 126 comments. Next is the unfunnybusiness post, Woman in Oak Park, Michigan, could go to jail up to 93 days for planting a garden, with 39 comments. The followup to ontd_political, Update: Michigan woman no longer going to jail for her garden but now in trouble for her dogs, has 21 comments and counting. The mirrored posts on my LJ currently have nine comments and their counterparts on Dreamwidth have six. In contrast, I have a grand total of eight comments on the same posts so far here on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

This mirrors the situation with the rest of the Swim posts here on Crazy Eddie's Motie News, which have a grand total of three comments on the non-Julie Bass posts, two on the five posts about Kunstler and one on the post about Elaine Meinel Supkis, two once I respond. In contrast, the LiveJournal mirror of James Howard Kunstler swims against the stream on gender role equality, too alone received 13 comments, which I pointed out in Follow up to women in Kunstler's fiction. Honestly, I'd like more comments. I could even deal with a couple of trolls, as I'm not above trolling my own comments sections.

On the other hand, I have been getting readers from the signal boosting posts, with 108 views from JournalFen and 69 from ontd_political on LJ during the past week, handily beating out what I'm getting from Facebook, just 16 referrals. Even the hits coming from my own LJ, nine so far this week, are beating out what came in from Twitter, which is not even in the top ten sources. Facebook and Twitter may be the big boys on the blog, but they aren't the traffic drivers people think they are. Google, on the other hand, is my friend, with 176 hits. The big winner turns out to be Julie's own blog, which referred 296 readers in one week. Thank you, all of you coming here from Oak Park Hates Veggies!

Just the same, I've had nine days in a row and 11 days out of the last 12 with more than 100 hits, so I have no room to complain. On that note, welcome new readers, and keep the page views coming!

Speaking of signal boosting, above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.



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Last night, I wrote:

Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, my Twitter followers exceed my Facebook followers (that could be in a couple of days)
It turns out that it took less than a day, as just happened late this afternoon, when @dkmich (Kid Oakland on Daily Kos and someone who lives in the same county I do), followed me back. I now have 406 Twitter followers to 405 Facebook friends. That means it's time for another update.

Rest of report follows.

Twitter: 406
Facebook: 405
Daily Kos: 141
Livejournal: 123
Dreamwidth: 29
YouTube: 13 friends and 11 subscribers
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 12
Journalfen: 8
Flickr: 1

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. Time to start posting on Daily Kos. I might be able to get nine more followers there before the end of the month.
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On June 1st, I wrote:
That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook, 400 on Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. Any bets on which one it will be?
No one bet, but they should have bet on the 400 followers on Twitter, because that happened yesterday. I now have 401.

Rest of report follows.

Facebook: 405
Twitter: 401
Daily Kos: 141
Livejournal: 123
Dreamwidth: 28
YouTube: 13 friends and 11 subscribers
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 12
Journalfen: 8
Flickr: 1

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, my Twitter followers exceed my Facebook followers (that could be in a couple of days), 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.

In other news, my wife installed the latest edition of Firefox on this computer.  I'm much happier already than with Internet Explorer 9.  That program was relatively stable for Exploder, but it was  s o  s l o w.
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The news we have all been waiting for.

Geekosystem: Encyclopedia Dramatica Is No More: OhInternet Rises from the Ashes
by Robert Quigley | 9:36 am, April 15th, 2011

From 2004 to 2011, Encyclopedia Dramatica was one of the few resources out there for people who wanted to learn about the strange culture of the Internet. The open wiki was always anarchic, and frequently racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive — indeed, last year, the Australian Human Rights Commission threatened it with legal action over an article that “encourage[d] racial hatred against Aborigines.” In more recent years, Know Your Meme, which was recently purchased by Cheezburger Networks at a low seven-figure valuation, picked up the slack in educating readers about Internet arcana, as did meme-savvier blogs. But Dramatica, for better or worse, remained the one outlet that covered many topics that more mainstream outlets feared to touch, and frequently exposed the dark underbelly of Internet happenings on which other sites tried to paint a cheerier facade.

Last night, visitors to Dramatica’s home page found themselves automatically redirected to a new site called OhInternet which appeared to have more in common with the new, slicker generation of Internet culture trackers than with the unvarnished, offensive Dramatica of old. Some fans of Dramatica wondered if this was an elaborate troll or an April Fool’s joke; visiting Dramatica’s old IP address, 208.99.87.133, gave a message that was interpreted by some to mean that Dramatica was only temporarily offline. But the redirect is permanent, Encyclopedia Dramatica founder and current OhInternet primary contributor Sherrod DeGrippo told me by email, and OhInternet is here to stay.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is no more.

DeGrippo says that the biggest difference between OhInternet and Dramatica is that the new site has moved towards 'a more toned down content style and a streamlined design: Shock for shock’s sake is old at this point and we’re looking forward to the future and how things are evolving' )

Looks like Ms. DiGrippo has grown up and decided to sell out. If so, the pressures of commerce did what the pressure of law could not.

Above crossposted to we_love_nebris and ontd_political on LiveJournal.

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