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18 April 2017 @ 03:23 pm
The Great LJ Migration...  

So I have a question and I want some honest opinions.

Why does everyone seem to think Live Journal is going under?

Maybe I'm missing something but it seems like ever since LJ moved to Russia people just assume it is going under. However, I feel the migration from LJ is going to be a self-fulling prophecy. If you fear LJ is going to disappear the worst thing you can do is abandon it. Now I'm not saying you can't take the precaution of backing up to Dreamwidth, and I admit I've done this for my journal and several comunities, not all yet, but I have no intention of leaving LJ because then I'm just making it's downfall a reality.

Now, having said that maybe I'm missing something? Has something major happened that pretty much ensures it's downfall? Or are we just so upset they are now in Russia because frankly it matters very little to me where they are based as long as I have my Live Journal.

Please be respectful when responding, I have been absent for a bit so it is highly likely I've missed something.

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ArcturusSoularcturussoul on April 21st, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
New user here...
I am a new user. I opened up my account in October as a way of venting secretly, and it wasn't until yesterday that I made my first entry. I just want to say my first impressions are not very flattering: the website is not user friendly, and I am already asked to pay for the service? If I make a public post, why do I feel like unless I have paid to boost said post, no one is reading it? I can post on my fb page (for free) and it gets ten likes in the first hour. Where is the userbase gone? I read an interview that Perenchenko was in, and I really feel like this is a business model, not a project to benefit the user. Also, I do not like being forced to translate my page from Russian every time I log in. I didn't know about Dreamwidth, but it looks like I am moving on faster than the die hard LJ fans. This will probably be my last contri to LJ. Just sayin...
NagiEveryone Trash~manubibi on April 22nd, 2017 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: New user here...
LJ's anglophone userbase has pretty much entirely and slowly moved away in the last decade. It's not even a convenient move to start an account here, now, because the anglophone community just moved to other platforms so if you're looking for interaction you should probably look at tumblr because that's where the communities are, and truthfully Dreamwidth has a niche userbase too.
Rissi☆: Tiny Shionuponadreamxd on May 21st, 2017 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: New user here...
The problem with that is I LEFT Tumblr after using it for, what, five years?

I hate Tumblr, I hate the majority of people on there, the community is manipulative and disgustingly harmful, it has turned once nice, kind, chill people into toxic assholes. I was hoping to start using LJ again, but upon realizing nobody was here anymore, guess not LMAO.

DW doesn't seem as active too, and honestly seems more of a Tumblr 2.0 as far as its community goes.
Even people/users on old websites I used to love have converted over to Tumblr. Basically everything is about Tumblr nowadays, I'm so sick of it.

I'm just gonna sit here every day for the rest of my life hoping a new, safer, positive website for communities and fandoms can come out and that Tumblr disappears completely.
NagiEveryone Trash~manubibi on May 21st, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: New user here...
I am SO with you there. Tumblr turned into an abuser's wet dream. Like seriously, it's so easy to manipulate people, and staff doesn't seem to give a shit for people being seriously harmed by others on there.
But yeah, unfortunately fandom seems to be mostly there, and there are so many different websites now that a complete migration from one platform to another seems unlikely because if that happens the userbase (and fandom) will just end up splitting to different platforms and it won't be a community experience anymore. At least that's what I foresee for fandom in the future, because tumblr won't last forever. The only site that seems to go strong with fandom is AO3, but by nature that's not really a place of conversation and it's pretty impersonal as far as communication goes. LJ was great, but it's not user-friendly anymore (it actually wasn't user-friendly 5 years ago, but this new TOS is the last straw considering a lot of writers and artists are LGBT and produce LGBT-themed works). Dunno, I guess we can only hope a new platform for fandom communities pops up and has a decent TOS and moderation...