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22 June 2015 @ 10:51 am
Does Nudging do any good?  
Are our friends lost to other social media? Is there any way to draw them back? I have tried the "Nudge a Friend" but see no evidence that it worked. I tried the program the LJ offered six months ago where people were invited back with the lure of some member benefits. I saw no evidence that brought anyone back. (In fact, even LJ has been quiet about that program lately.)

So . . . What do we do? Any ideas?

(I do think the Nudge a friend needs some updating. I think the text isn't very effective and we need to be able to add a personal message but if it doesn't actually work then why bother.)
 
 
 
mopaliamopalia on June 25th, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think that anything will bring people back. Maybe a better idea is to think about how to expand our circles with people who are still here. I met many of my LJ friends through communities; looking for specific things on targeted communities brought up posts from people who seemed interesting, and then I would check out their journals. I've since met many IRL and my very small friends list now is down to 3 or 4 people who are still active - two of whom actually post on Dreamwidth. But with the majority of the communities now moribund, this isn't a viable way to meet people.
This post got more responses than anything I've sen in a long time. But there's no way to get LJ to invest in permanent users - there's no financial incentive. It seems to me that the only way to expand your circle is to look for new people, since I doubt that anyone will come back. In my mind, the question becomes, how can I find active communities with interesting people? At least, that's what it would be if I really wanted to increase my friends list.
heliopausaheliopausa on June 27th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC)
I wasn't around for the glory days. :) But I like LJ, and I'm continuing here, despite my friends-list getting less and less active. I've tried trawling through friends-of-friends and comments for new people whose journals look interesting; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Two things can be disappointing - reading a comment from someone,and thinking 'oh, they sound really interesting!', only to find that their LJ is completely locked down.
Or if I do friend someone, (this happens more on DW, though) and they seem to enjoy my comments on their posts, but they don't engage in conversation or reply to my posts.