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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)

 
 
 
Kate Kirbykirbyk on January 22nd, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm still here, and I never posted all that much. :) But you're right that the community is fractured between here, Facebook, Twitter, G+. I do sometimes long for the good old days of 2002 when lj was thriving and active.

I also still MUSH. I'm on Logrus (as Aspen) pretty much whenever I'm awake (you're welcome to hang out in our room! Emily's there too most of the time!) and much to my amazement, we made some policy changes and started up a big plot and GarouMUSH came back from near death, to 20-40 players on a night and sustaining. Who knew the demand was there once we got people excited again?

LJ itself went from being run by smart, geeky people, to soulless incompetents, which doesn't help people feel invested in it.
T. Revst_rev on January 22nd, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Garou is still up? Good lord. I played there...geez, fifteen years ago?
Kate Kirbykirbyk on January 22nd, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Yup, http://web.garoumush.org/

Running continuously since 1993. I'm still astounded. It's probably the most impactful thing I will ever have a major hand in creating, and I did it when I was 19, which is sort of amazing and depressing all at once. :) We explicitly talked about it lasting for 5 years when it started, and now we're on year 19.

This must be how Matt Groening feels.
T. Revst_rev on January 22nd, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
That's longer than the actual tabletop RPG lasted.

And Thoth is remembered on the wiki. My goodness.