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06 January 2009 @ 10:15 am
LJ on its way out?  

Saw this in hughcasey's LJ:

Valleywag article about layoffs at LJ and the prospects for its future

Starting to think that permanent account wasn't all it was cracked up to be...

Update: LJ statement released to cnet.com
 
 
Current Mood: worriedworried
 
 
 
Haroldfiddlingfrog on January 6th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
As pointed out in this entry on no_lj_ads, the real numbers are more like 13 layoffs out of 30 employees. Still troubling, but not as dire.
Esprixesprix on January 6th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Indeed, but, as you say, still troubling.
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Philip Newtonpne on January 6th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
What do you think someone would "by" it for? (I.e., for what goal, not for what sum.)

Social networking seemed to be the big thing but I'm not sure how much money there really is to be made in running a site the size of LiveJournal.
cathepsut: arghcathepsut on January 6th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Sigh! Here we go again -- every year after the permanent accounts sale some shit like this happens and gazillions of LJ users run amok in despair, discuss endlessly what alternatives could be used and how to export all their entries in the least painful fashion.... After SUP bought LJ, I actually let myself get infected by the general hysteria. I am not getting excited yet this time around. If LJ dies, I'll probably move over to Wordpress or Blogger. Until then I am not getting my panties in a twist.
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Tove :)twissie on January 6th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, knowing how rumours/news tend to spread and escalate into hilarious boycotts and panic on LJ... this could get interesting.

I sincerely hope that LJ won't disappear anytime soon, and I hope and think the article makes this sound more serious than it really is *stays optimistic till the end*
吾畫遍行天下偽造居多bad on January 6th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
there is nothing permanent at internet

DO BACKUP OF YOUR BLOG NOW!!
purplejulipurplejuli on January 6th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
LJ book is crashed at the moment for this very reason.
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Ken: nickelsteelbrassnwood on January 6th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well, nothing is "permanent" and selling "lifetime" accounts is almost always a bad idea. It's a way to get short-term cash but makes no financial sense whatsoever in the long run. Paying $100 or so for several years of paid membership is a good deal even if they at some point announce that the benefits won't continue, or offer new benefits to paid-subscription members that aren't available to permanent members.

If you like the service, then wake up to the fact that it costs money to run. If you don't want to pay for it, accept that it's not going to be around for very long.
Musings, Meanderings, and Misgivingstantra_cat on January 6th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
But most of us do pay for LJ....and everyone on this forum has made a commitment to a perm acc. That is what is so disturbing about all this. My Space and Facebook are "free" and they are making it...LJ does have ads, but they also have revenue from all the paid accounts.
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lay your heart out, we're not coming backwinks on January 6th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I can't say I care very much.
Kristenpixiemab on January 6th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I will be sad but not heartbroken if LJ disappears forever. I really do like the community aspect. I already crosspost my entries to WordPress on my own domain.
cathepsutcathepsut on January 7th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
How does Wordpress compare in terms of communities and friends pages?
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Mejem_endured_fit on January 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Blame me. I bring bad karma.

But I'm questioning the credibility of all this. To me, that seemed like the perfect drama article.

Russia is having economic troubles like every nation. The first place to got to cut costs is payroll.
Thoughtthought1 on January 6th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not concerned. Even if the company currently running it goes under, it still has such a huge user base and well-established market and cultural presence, any number of other companies out there would be fighting to snap it up fast. Those things are extremely valuable to businesses; even more so when on a clearance sale. (:
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Aberforth!charming_goats on January 6th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm jumping on the panicky bandwagon but GJ already died a year ago. IJ had some financial difficulties and had to discontinue their permanent account option they used to offer all the time.
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Mejem_endured_fit on January 6th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Good point on the Montana move. That was sure to be a decent investment amount. I wonder how big it needs to be?

The people cost is always more expensive in the end.
gargyloveswolfy: pic#82537388gargyloveswolfy on January 6th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I seriously doubt we have anything to worry about.
Astrocat: Autumn Black Catlady_astrocat on January 6th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I agree - I really don't see any reason for us to panic right now.

Btw, cute kitty icon!
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chezmerelda: b/f: secret sexschonste on January 6th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I am going to remain hopelessly optimistic because $175 is a lot of money for me. I still consider it totally worth it, but if the site were to go down in the next year, I would cut myself.

I would also be pretty heartbroken 'cause my favorite fandom is miniscule and virtually unknown outside of LJ... :( It would disappear.
.bloodcurdling on January 6th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I think LJ will be okay. At least, I hope. I didn't buy this Permanent Account to have the site go down within the first year of having it.