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January 7th, 2009


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10:37 am - Beach head established
I am rather concerned that lj might go bottom-up. I just haven't found any other social networking system which has such a good feel to it. I haven't been that impressed by Facebook, but has it changed a lot as the user base has broadened? Is it worth getting into?

The name 'communicator' has already been taken on insanejournal, but I have opened a free account called alisonp for emergency use.

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From:glitterboy1
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
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I make very little use of Facebook. Lots of people are on there, and it's good for certain things - sharing photos of and among your friends, for instance. Other people love it for various Scrabble-like/word games.

The 'status update' provides for short, ephemeral notes that wouldn't deserve an LJ post (Cf Twitter), and some people make a lot of use of that. But I usually forget!
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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Doesn't sound like the system for me. I don't really see the point of Twitter either.

Also, thanks for the other info, I have now corrected that.
From:cdybedahl
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
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I see no particular reason to believe that LJ is dying, actually. To me it looks more like just another company getting out of the USA, which is something I've seen quite a lot of over the past two years or so. Just about the only unusual thing is that they're moving to Russia instead of China or India.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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Yes, I think you are right. Oh, you must be right. let us not worry

ETA - aha - I'm not the only one who set one up though :-)

Edited at 2009-01-07 10:59 am (UTC)
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From:snowballjane
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
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I really don't like Facebook - it's too much of a crossover of worlds for me. I'm not comfortable with work colleagues and contacts being able to see the silly fancy dress photos from university friends and so on.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
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Crikey I should think not. So facebook uses your own name does it?
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From:hafren
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
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Facebook is handy for me to keep up with friends in the writing and publishing biz. But posts don't seem to turn into discussions the way they do here, though there's no obvious reason why they couldn't, and of course you must be under your real name. You can do anything you can do here with photos etc, though, and there is Lexulous...
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
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It might be good for re-establishing contact with people from long ago perhaps?
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From:iainjclark
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
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I'm not worried about LJ, but I've backed up my journal with LJ Archive just in case. ;-)

Facebook is just not a good subsitute for LJ. It has its uses, but it doesn't make a good blog.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
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I think it's not worth investing the time in getting to understand it.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
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Yes. I was just saying 'perhaps it would be good to get back in touch with people' but would it really?
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From:sallymn
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
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I got an IJ and JF account during the (counts in fingers) last but one big panic... I may start cross-posting, and (neing a Luddite) I have always copied all my less vacuous post onto my hard drive... but I'm not about to panic again.

And for all the complaints one hears, I just like LJ better than all the rest...
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
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Yes. I don't know any other service which would tempt me. I'd be really upset to lose touch with lj friends too.
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From:redstarrobot
Date:January 7th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Probably there'll be an attempt to migrate to another LJ clone, which presumably could cause some of them some growth problems. But there are several out there, most of which work on the model LJ used to, with the invite codes.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 7th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Looks like GreatestJournal, which had pretty much collapsed anyway, has completely fallen over now; yesterday it was accepting updates, today not even that.

I suppose the main thing is that, if anything does happen, those of us who want to keep together reach consensus on where we're going. I've now got four three journals open, just to be prepared for any migration, and cross-post when I remember so it doesn't feel like walking into an empty house if we're forced out here.
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From:dfordoom
Date:January 7th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Facebook is ghastly. Simply ghastly. Like most people I'm doing the Insane Journal thing. Here's my Insane Journal thing.

Although I don't believe the sky is really falling.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
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It's falling I tell you. Peak oil and now this!

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