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I am jumping on the bandwagon because I, too, am disturbed by some of the trends LJ has followed recently.

LiveJournal Content Strike, Friday, March 21, midnight to midnight GMT. No posts, no comments, no content of any sort on/via LJ. I won't even visit.

Of course, given the scant amount of traffic my account generates, my participation will be purely symbolic. Then again, given my involvement in numerous high church services from this morning until Sunday, I am keenly aware of the importance and meaning of symbolism. I urge you to take part as well.

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am0
Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Trends
Huh? What trends? I know they went independent from what is now Vox several months ago but I use their services so infrequently that I don't keep up with current news.
spwebdesign
Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Trends
Nothing that affects me just yet. But it does affect friends, so this was a symbolic gesture of solidarity. And if no one complains now, they may feel they can get away with more down the road.

Here's what I know: they have been censoring certain keywords from lists of interests; they have been targeting ads to non-paying users based on their keywords, which has resulted in bi- or homosexual friends being targeted for ads which are offensive to them; they have closed registration for basic accounts.
am0
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Trends
I suspected the use of keywords to target ads, but that happens on other services I use, too. It has become somewhat of an industry standard behavior. I don't know about any ads being offensive (beyond all ads being an offense to me, but advertising is part of the price you pay for "free" services, including the soon-to-be-defunct broadcasting of television programs) but targeted ads are more effective than non-targeted. Those with different sexual preferences may be somewhat more sensitive on the subject because of real hate crimes directed against those of their persuasion.

By basic accounts I assume you mean free accounts. LiveJournal has had periods when they restricted (by requiring invitations) or refused free accounts, usually times when their resources were strained or their income was low. Making a free service pay isn't always a simple matter. I pay for my LiveJournal account as I have done for my Xanga accounts. It shouldn't matter that much -- there are so many comparable free services out there that you can always just move on. I just signed up for MySpace and Facebook accounts a few minutes ago, in order to access the ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) groups there. Anyway, when things settle down they'll probably open it up again. If not, there's always Vox.
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