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Livejournal going under?
Livejournal going under?
Apparently lots of layoffs happening at Livejournal today. Not sure if this means LJ is on a downward spiral or if the Russian company who bought them last year are just trying to cut costs. Either way I have to ask why did Six Apart sell it to a company who would potentially kill off Livejournal if they didn't make back their money quickly?

Read more here:
The Russian Bear Slashes a Social Network

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tjcrowley From: tjcrowley Date: January 6th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably because they couldn't make any money with it either.
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: January 6th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish people would stop building communities they can't sustain financially.
tjcrowley From: tjcrowley Date: January 6th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a definite trick to it, the real problem is that NOBODY had a good business plan going into Web 2.0. LJ has a great one, they probably are just getting rid of American programmers, to be honest -- I bet they can pay some russian kid $20k a year instead of the $100k+ a year some spoiled San Francisco web 2.0 brat has to make to survive. Ultimately I think they aren't going to kill it, you just will have a hard time getting customer support unless you speak fluent russian.
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: January 6th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really hope you're right and that this is just an over-reaction across the board to the layoffs. Still, I'm waiting to see what happens next. But sadly, I feel like too many companies (even today) go into the Web 2.0 market hoping to relive the glory days of the early '90s only to discover that it's not easy to make a fortune online.
tjcrowley From: tjcrowley Date: January 6th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that LJ tends to magnify everything into drama. LJ is nothing but thousands of people saying "Does this make my ass look big?" all at once.
jawajames From: jawajames Date: January 6th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
does this post make this thread look big?

Seriously, while i doubt they will simply unplug LJ without advance warning, backing up now sounds like a good idea.
tjcrowley From: tjcrowley Date: January 6th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Backups are NEVER a bad idea. They have become an obsession of mine in this all-too-ephemeral digital world. I am one of the folks behind http://www.tribe.net and I am trying to convince everyone I am working with that what folks need is not only a social network aggregator, but a social network that will let you download everything on your profiles across social networks easily -- like, backing up your flickr account or LJ. The tech is there, it just needs to be made simple for the below-average people.
neutron_x From: neutron_x Date: January 6th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

That!

is a fantastic idea whose time has long since come.
I think it's a winner.
zooropababy From: zooropababy Date: January 6th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any recs for an OS X archive?
neutron_x From: neutron_x Date: January 6th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

backup for sure.

I'm not convinced it's doomsday yet, and if it is something else will pop up... but it sure isn't a good sign.

Also, layoffs with severence is pretty weak.
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