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09/30 Blogiversary

Happy LJ-versary to me. On this date in 2004 I made my first bewildered post on LiveJournal. The online world has changed a lot since then, hasn't it?

Like, in 2004, LiveJournal was still owned by Brad Fitzpatrick, and I think they still had an office in Portland (I remember seeing it; I'm sure that's not my imagination. It was down by the river near the Broadway Bridge. I cannot find corroboration of this memory online). MySpace and Facebook were just getting started, and Tumblr wasn't quite yet a gleam in the eye of whoever founded Tumblr.

FastCompany wrote about a LiveJournal "comeback" last year, and got some good comments from current (presumably US-based) users saying that LJ's comeback plans have nothing in common with what the core US user base wants--to wit, the journal world as it has always been, with threaded comments, screening, privacy, security, adult content allowed, no advertising. In other words, Dreamwidth.

I'm six days/posts behind in my big September 30/30 plan. Whoops.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Sep. 16th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! You've been a part of it all along!
Sep. 16th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Happy LJ-versary to you!

I think LJ has made "LJ-destroying" changes at least once every two years since I've been on it... I bought a permanent account a million years ago, so I haven't had to contend with the proliferation of ads and whatnot. It's definitely a quieter place these days, but I blame AO3 for that -- there's less need for fic-posting communities now, which split the fic-ing from the commentary/discussion, and made it harder to get to know authors and other fans on the more personal level besides.
Sep. 16th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
That's a very good point, about the AO3. I mean, the AO3 is an almost unmitigated good for fandom, as far as I'm concerned, because the ability to download, read on Kindle, get long works in a single chunk, subscribe, search, etc. etc. etc. have made finding and reading fanfic so deliciously easy. But the loss of conversation--which seems to be the loss everyone feels the most in all these changes--is very real. It no longer feels safe/obvious/correct to go follow the journal of a fanfic author you liked on AO3--at least, it doesn't to me.

I'm sort of annoyed by the Tumblr-ization of tags on the AO3. I get them as an art form, but they don't do a thing for what tags are supposedly for.

Sigh. Get off my lawn, etc.
Sep. 16th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Oh yeah... it's so much easier to find things, first of all. There's always something to read. So I do like AO3. I feel the same way about feeling weird about finding an author that I like and randomly following him or her, too, though. And the tags issue.

One other thing LJ (or DW) is better at than AO3 is reccing things. I used to lean heavily on LJ recs communities, many of which have dwindled or disappeared... then I was using delicious, which is no longer usable... I haven't found a good replacement for that sort of thing. Is that what people are tumblr-ing for? Whatever. Off my lawn indeed.
Sep. 16th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
There are some good rec tumblrs, I think. But unless I save a specific link, I have no idea how to find them again.

My participation in Teen Wolf fan fic reading-dom is dependent on the kindness of friends. We exchange recs by email, of all the weird old fashioned things to do.
Sep. 16th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
LJ does seem to be moving further and further away from what works for the US fanbase, doesn't it? I miss the fannish feel LJ used to have. I like AO3 for fic, but it's harder to find what I want to read there and the tags annoy the HECK out of me.

Congrats on your anniversary!
Sep. 16th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, the tags are annoying, and the search function, though good, is far from Google-rific.

I took some heart from the fact that SUP wants to recapture some of the US market it lost. They probably won't do it "right" by our lights, but, IDK, it at least they haven't just given the American market up for dead. Maybe some good will come of it.
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