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20 June 2006 @ 04:21 pm
Hello, I'm Shay, I've had a perm account since last year, nice to meet other folks with chemically treated hair similar accounts.

Probably many of you know, but there's a huge discussion about LJ becoming more like MySpace and trying to appeal to a 'younger' crowd.

You can read about it, and a petition, two entries down.

Now, this affects perm members because of loss of service, yes, but I'm also wondering- will they allow transfers between LJ and Vox with a transfer token? Hmmm...
The Water Seekerplymouth on June 20th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. If you add up all of the numbers for the different ages in the histogram you get only 3,977,970. LJ has a total of 10,477,246 accounts on the site. That histogram covers less than 40% of accounts.

I'm not entirely clear why older people would be more reluctant to list their ages. I'm 30, have had an LJ since I was 25, and have always listed my age.
Baby, I'm gonna do you till you can juggle.: Doink Doink.shaysdays on June 20th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! I just turned 30 on Sunday. Once you're past 25 or so, it doesn't matter as much to a lot of people. The difference between 15 and 21, or 21 and 28, can be worlds apart, depending on the situation. Generally, once you're past 28*, you're not looking to hang with people your 'own age' as much, so why plug it in?

(There probably are also people who just consider that personal or even embarrassing information to put online.)

*YMMV, of course
mopaliamopalia on June 20th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Bah, I'm 60, I list my age, and my friends are pretty much a balanced spread of folks from late teens to - well, I'm the oldest. Myon, his friends, past students, my friends, and an assortment of ageless LJ friends. I'm guessing that there are just as meny teens who lie about ages or omit them. Who wants the world to know they're 13? ;)
Slayer Peachkapaivansade on September 7th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
true, but a huge number of accounts is communities, and most community maintainers don't put a "birth year" in...

actually i'd love to know what the personal-journal-to-community ratio is... i have two personal journals and about 10 communities, but i'm guessing it's not a usual thing ;)

and about older people not listing their age... i've read somewhere that quite a lot of people don't give the birth year, because they don't want to give out too much crucial information. in some countries knowing someone's full name, birth date and some other things (like mother's maiden name, address, stuff like that) is enough to have access to all their accounts, phone bills and so on, so they're making a big deal out of not listing much of that information in public. actually there's been cases of serious abuse like that in my country as well...

and as you can't choose to only show the day and month in public, they prefer to simply not give the year at all so that people can easily check when the right day is to send birthday wishes, without having to know how old they're turning. of course you can always just choose to hide the birth date in the profile, and then list it further down your bio, but that's not as convenient.