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LJ to be turned into a MySpace clone?

I heard some pretty upsetting rumours concerning the changes SixApart may be cooking up for LiveJournal yesterday, but so far, I haven't been able to find any incontrovertible proof. I don't know what I'll do if these rumours turn out to be true. I don't want to have to leave here, because this journal has become my online home, a place where I feel completely secure, a place where I can show myself warts and all, where I feel accepted and supported by so many friends all over the world -- people who have come to mean so much to me, who have helped me in so many ways to grow into the kind of person I am today, who have been patient, encouraging, comforting and just plain wacko...

For now, I will just pretend that there is nothing to worry about and my LiveJournal will continue indefinitely, but if anyone hears any differently, please let me know. Maybe opening a GreatestJournal account wasn't such a bad idea, after all.

ETA: mother has started a petition to present to SixApart, saying NO, we DON't want LJ turned into MySpace, we DON'T want to be segregated based on our age demographic, and we DON'T want ads. If you want to sign your name to it too, go here:

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curiouswombat
Jun. 18th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure who they intended to put this page - http://community.livejournal.com/lj_design/5538.html?page=1#comments
out to - it didn't turn up in my info posts from LJ, but a few wonderful people pointed at it.

If you haven't seen it, already, this is some idea of what sort of things they want to do - and what people think of it. I think the first comment was one of the few with ANYTHING positive to say!

And try here as well, if you haven't seen this already -

http://txvoodoo.livejournal.com/475547.html
gamiila
Jun. 19th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
When it comes to the changes to the User Info Page, I think the new design is something I can live with -- I don't particularly like it very much, and I don't think the current page needs a make-over, but with a few tweaks here and there, it could be made serviceable.

But someone mentioned the dreaded word 'MySpace' in one of their comments and threw me in a tizzy of worry. I hate MySpace. It's cluttered and impractical, and I spend as little time there as possible. I'm not sure that SixApart are really thinking of handing LJ over to the teens and hoping everyone else will sign up for Vox (though it would explain why they made such a big deal about what school(s) a person attended), but if they are going to go ahead with that scenario, then I can only hope they'll allow tyhe people that switch to bring their whole LiveJournal past with them, to integrate it within the new environment.
enigmaticblues
Jun. 18th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Meep! I don't like the idea of leaving at all, but I don't know what to think about the current rumors. As long as the look stays largely the same once I get into my own layout, it wouldn't be too bad.
gamiila
Jun. 19th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Exactly. I don't like the proposed changes either, but as long as they don't affect my Recent Entries & Friends Page, I don't mind too them much.

I'm more worried about what to do if LJ is made over into something I no longer recognise or feel happy in -- if I feel I have to leave and go some place else, will that mean 3- or 4 years of journaling down the drain?
anonypooh
Jun. 18th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
saw the new layout of the info page.. .was that it? Or was there something else? Didn't seem like anything worth worrying about - looked quite neat to me... hardly ever read that page anyhow.
gamiila
Jun. 19th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
There was the addition of ads to LJ some months back, when directly after the take-over, SixApart had issueda statement that LJ would remain as it was, ads-free. Then there was the non-optional 'Schools' being added to your user info. There is the proposed new lay-out of the Info page (which you may not use but a lot of people do, me included ;-0)...although that will be a minor inconvenience...and there is the overall feel that SixApart are marketing LJ as a tool for the teen market, while trying to push their other products down everyone else's throat.

Problem is, last time I looked at the poll linked to in curiouswombat's comment above, SixApart do seem to have a point and the LJ demographic has changed since it stopped being 'invitation-only'.
anonypooh
Jun. 19th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
righteo. I actually prefer the new layout if anything ... but they start forcing ads on paid accounts and there would be some major foot stamping!!
__kali__
Jun. 19th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think they'll actually announce something until it's in place. Which is worrying. :(
(Anonymous)
Jun. 20th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Which is worrying. :(

Very. But now that I've worked myself up enough to sign a petition, I think I'll go back to burying my head in the sand until the inevitable announcement comes. ;-)
gamiila
Jun. 20th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
That was me, btw. I forgot I wasn't logged in.
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