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Ramblings of a Unix ronin
No longer a paid account

I've just allowed my LiveJournal paid account to expire.  There are basically two reasons for this:

  1. For some time now I've found myself reading, and posting on, LiveJournal less and less;
  2. It seems that for some time now every change LiveJournal has made has been in efforts to make LiveJournal more like Facebook, which is not only a trend I detest, but is an ultimately suicidal plan.  The past is littered with the corpses of companies that set themselves the goal of being Just Like [fill in the blank], and discovered too late that their grand plan to remain "relevant" merely condemned them to being an also-ran in the niche of the outfit they were trying to play catch-up to, instead of being significant in their own.  (Come on, people, this isn't rocket science.)
  3. Oh, and it's been getting harder and harder lately to stay logged in....

I'm not killing the account.  Not yet, anyway.  I may in the future.  But I'm likely to be around even less than I have been of late.

Current Location: Gilford, New Hampshire

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lblanchard From: lblanchard Date: July 4th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not killing mine. I bought a lifetime account in 2004. What's the point of killing that?

I still like the archiving options for LJ (aka LJBook).
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 5th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, as long as it still does what you want it to do, none.

But I've found since I actually found work again that LJ is well down the priority list of uses I have for my non-working spare time, and as previously noted I've been increasingly displeased with LJ's apparent attempts to chase Facebook like a dog chasing cars. Which makes renewing my non-permanent account a questionable choice right now. (I'd already been doing almost all of my journal posting from Dreamwidth for over a year anyway.)
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: July 5th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
The only reason mine is still a paid account is that I picked up a permanent account at some point in the past.
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 5th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. It's getting harder and harder to justify putting anything on the internet when you know data-miners are scouring like crazy to build a "perfect" virtual "you". I'm getting very tired of playing tag with them. First I left MySpace, then it was Facebook, then it was Google+, now I'm considering leaving Diaspora (which has started a flirtation with Google Analytics). Through it all, I've been here, slowly watching LJ slide away from anonymous and private. It's almost impossible now to use the internet without using TOR & a half-dozen other tracker-killing programs.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 5th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the underlying concepts of "anonymity/privacy" and "social network" are inherently compatible. (Which is not to say that I don't find Facebook's "all your personal data are belong to us and our marketing partners" reprehensible.) Where I think LiveJournal jumped the shark is the day it added Facebook-style web "games".

(No, they're not games, they're recruit-your-friends timewaters.)
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 5th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those types of games are sometimes mildly entertaining, but you're right about most of them being timewasters. I tried playing a few of them when I was still using FB, and most I only played once. The best were something like 8-bit versions of Morrowind, which doesn't say much for them.
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mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 6th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to use DreamWidth, but I stopped because I only had one reader, and it didn't seem to be worth the effort of cross-posting everything, especially since that one reader also uses LJ.
yndy From: yndy Date: August 6th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought my "lifetime acct" before Fitz left. Much of what G+ and Facebook have "innovated" recently were here on LJ and better implemented 10 years ago. It's always sad to me that things went the direction they did here. I touch base every now and then. But nothing like the old days.
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