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21 January 2012 @ 11:35 pm
is LJ dead?  

Is Livejournal dead? Are we all using Tumblr and Twitter (and for me, to an increasingly lesser degree, Facebook) these days? I don’t ask because of this article (touting LJ’s return; hat-tip to Charlie for the link), but because man, it’s *really* seemed quiet the past few months, and only seems to be growing increasingly so. And of course it’s not any skin off my nose to keep cross-posting, but boy, there’s a lot of whistling in the wind going on.

Of course, a Saturday afternoon/evening is probably not the best time to post and ask this, but once upon a time it wouldn’t have been a *bad* time. Or maybe it’s just everybody’s moved on to a new phase in their lives where they don’t have time to blog as much, much like there was a slow visible drop-off in MUSHing among my friends lo these many years ago now as people moved on and out of college and perhaps out of jobs that let them be online 24/7, and started having children and doing other things which quite reasonably had greater demand on their time.

I dunno. I miss the community. I know I’m not doing a great job keeping up my end, either, with sporadic postings, but I miss it anyway.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

secret_gyozasecret_gyoza on January 22nd, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I know that I don't post as much anymore because LJ let me down with all that being hacked or something stuff.
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Greetings Fellow Comstoks!fengi on January 22nd, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
"Maybe if we do VOX again, but with more sass, it will work..."
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pgwfolcpgwfolc on January 22nd, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Most of my LJ friends have drifted into other things, for one reason or another. But I still check regularly.

I think LJ thrived in part because it was the first. It was the place to go because, well, there weren't many other places to go. But with so many more viable options these days, people have gone in different directions, for any number of reasons - LJ's recent mismanagement of several large issues, the Russian DDoS attacks, the popularity of FB, the fact that their friends stopped posting on LJ, etc etc.

Anyway, I'm glad you're still posting here. I don't have much to say, and I'm never quite sure to what degree I belong (though you've always been very nice about it), but I enjoy reading what you have to say. And, judging by the number of comments on this entry, it seems I'm far from alone in that.
Marithmarith on January 22nd, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
I miss it too! And it is partly my fault for not posting as much, life changes and busyiness and so many things competing for this slice of my time. Facebook, curse it, has taken a big bite. I'm afraid to try Google+ or Dreamwidth, even though I know that's where people are posting now, because how the heck would I ever keep up?

But I still like LJ, and the thoughtful posts and essays here, and want to find the spoons to contribute back.

Xixpioti on January 22nd, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
I was thinking, and wondering, the same thing. Dang, is anybody still out there? Or is it just that I'm active when nobody else is? :)
Nicholas: oracnwhyte on January 22nd, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
I'm still here, but am preparing my escape route by following your example of having an externally hosted wordpress blog.

There is always a natural rise and fall of online activity. But what has happened to LJ is that i) there are very few new adopters compared to a few years ago and ii) there is drift to other services. Those who are just discovering online communication are going for Twitter or Facebook. A lot of people who used to post to LJ exclusively are now on Google+ or Dreamwidth as well as Twitter and Facebook.

I will miss the community too. I hate Facebook's control over what we put there; Twitter has its moments but also its limitations (no equivalent of friends-locking occasional posts). I barely use Google Plus and hardly anyone I know well enough to care about seems to post there, though I understand that some subcultures have firmly set up shop there. Dreamwidth has not yet attracted a critical mass of people who I care about and who are not also followable on LJ. So I'm staying put for now.

But if someone weere to recommend to me an RSS reader which worked much the same way as LJ's friends list, then I suspect I would use that for a lot of my reading, shift main posting over to the wordpress blog with continued cross-posting to LJ, and just check in here occasionally to see if there are any locked posts requiring my attention.
anonymous_sibyl on January 22nd, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
My corner of LJ (and DW) is slower than it used to be. I'm not certain if that's the nature of social media or if it's the nature of some sort of friendship cycle. In the past my LJ was all about fannishness and I chose journals to read based on their fannish content. As the years passed I grew friendly with many users and began to prefer reading their more personal content and posting more personal content myself. A great deal of that personal content is friends-locked so from the outside it does appear as if I and they are posting less.
orcaarroworcaarrow on January 22nd, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
I don't like LJ is dead. I just think people have been scared of by the DOS attacks. I'm sure people are still here and are just more sporadic.
Dinidamedini on January 22nd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I think so. I read all my friends' posts, comment where I have something to add, post rarely. I'm mostly on facebook these days and so are most of my friends. Some went G+ and I opened an ID there, but I dislike it and won't make the effort anytime soon.
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on January 22nd, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I find myself rarely posting on LJ anymore. I'd never been hugely prolific, but the arrival of G+ has made me realize why. It's the format: it lends itself to lengthy, well-thought-out, insightful posts -- the kind I don't have the time (or attention span) to read, much less write myself. So my posts are more and more transformed into mere reposting of links on G+, where the emphasis is on the ephemerality of the information, and I don't feel quite the same pressure to produce something polished.

But that same ephemerality and lack of polish bring me back to LJ when I'm looking for something to *read*. LJ is one of the three pages I load up based on pure muscle memory every morning. G+ is somewhere around the bottom of my top ten, maybe even top 20.
Taiyo: Gnd Squirreltaiyosan on January 22nd, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wanna say ...
Just not sure what i wanna say ... other then to acknowledge that i've been using, and still use, LJ since Brad created it a few centuries ago. I've never been a big poster but am a big reader which may mean i'm letting you and others do all the hard work and if that is so, part of this post is to appreciate your efforts.

I do use FB quite a bit but its so limited in terms of in-depth posting, i continually return to LJ for that kinda hit.

Am glad to continue to be one of the LJ Family!
Alix (Tersa): Kitties--brotherly love (tersa)tersa on January 22nd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people have 'left' LJ for Tumblr and Facebook, but I gave up on Facebook because I felt like the signal::noise ratio was too low and all I've heard about Tumblr is wank (not to mention signal::noise again).

So unless it's on LJ (or my RSS feed), I won't see it reliably, not even Twitter. :)

I know I'm not posting a great deal, but mostly because I have nothing *to* post some of the time. I put my short thoughts on Twitter, my longer thoughts on LJ, and I'm reading LJ a lot.
Merryfeed_your_muse on January 23rd, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
I don't use Twitter, Tumblr, or G+ mainly because keeping up with what I do have takes up enough time. I like the friends feature on LJ because it makes it easy to scan through what people have posted, and to catch up if I've been offline for a while.
Rachierachie203 on January 23rd, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
I prefer LJ, which is a bit ironic because I don't post much. I feel like the last few years I've fallen into this lurker mentality. Really, I get up, try to work out, go to work, work work work, come home, do the dinner thing, wrap up some housework, maybe read or watch tv, then it's bed and off to do the same thing over again. Obviously there is the occasional awesomesauce moment, but for the most part I don't feel like I'm all the exciting to read about. I love to read other people's posts though, and prefer the LJ format.

FB and twitter are too... limited, a lot of fluff and little content. I have twitter, FB and G+ accounts because I feel like I have to in this whole social media society, but when it's all said and done miss the good ol' LJ days.
cgbookcat1cgbookcat1 on January 24th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I read LJ almost daily, and Facebook almost never. Reading updates on Facebook (and Google+, to an extent) feels more and more like finding a needle in a haystack in terms of content/stuff. Even though I don't post on LJ more than a couple of times per month myself, and tend toward short posts, I'm rarely disappointed in the friends' posts that I do see, whereas I couldn't care less about 95% percent of the stuff people put in status updates.

Facebook is ok as a way to contact people, and occasionally look at someone's new baby pictures, but I otherwise feel like I'm wasting my time signing in.