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September 3rd, 2015 (11:27 am)


(well actually the subject matter is more desperate than celebratory BUT MAKING IT FELT CELEBRATORY ANYWAY)

Are you still here?

Yes! I am here! I am here all the time!
I'm here once every day or two, probably
I'm here occasionally
I am hardly ever here
I am not here but I have set up a bot to answer all your polls because they are just that special to me
Wherever I am is here so I'm not quite sure what you're getting at
You would have a lot more responses to this poll if LJ would let wombats get accounts, I bet

What killed LJ?

Fandom drama
Six Apart (remember them?)
Humanity's waning attention span in the smartphone era
Video, flushed with its success in killing the radio star and yearning to be a serial killer, launched itself at LJ
No seriously, YouTube actually probably had something to do with it
The fact that people like YOU just LEFT, Kylie
SUP wants you to know that LJ is actually VERY ALIVE in Russia
There is no wombat option in this question because wombats would never kill LJ

Why is the create-a-poll form so weird and confusing now?

Because you have been gone for five years, Kylie
But I don't think that's any excuse, LJ


Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
emotions: pedantic

In my experience, what killed LJ was all those weird site design updates that made nearly every other person on my flist migrate to Dreamwidth. (Then a year or so later, we all started moving to Tumblr. Now Tumblr has started rolling out weird site design updates. So it goes.)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:32 pm (UTC)

I think I missed some of the weird site design updates. All I know is it's different now than it was -- though maybe not as much as I would have expected. It still feels fundamentally like LJ. Tumblr, on the other hand, is cray. I think LJ is the best-run social media site I've ever been on. Which is actually kind of an astonishing indictment of the other ones.

I wonder how Dreamwidth is doing these days.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)

Dreamwidth is doing pretty great as far as I can tell! It remains solidly "like LJ if LJ had made way better decisions about which parts of its site design to improve and how", and my DW reading list is more active than my LJ friendslist by a noticeable amount.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)

Really? Very interesting. I thought long-form blogging had had its day. I'd say that I might make a DW and crosspost there but I don't know which of my old friends might have gone over there and what their usernames might be, and it's the old friends I miss.

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)
emotions: ...what just happened?

DW is doing pretty great.

Also, when I log into DW I usually stay logged in afterward for longer than an hour. LJ doesn't seem to be into that. (I totally just left an anonymous comment by accident because I assumed I would still be logged in from this morning.)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)

LOL I figured that anonymous comment was you, but I didn't know LJ was logging people out after an hour. That is not a very good decision. Also I like your icon and the dude's expression.

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
ed norton: thinkyface

Yeah, the most annoying thing about keeping up with LJ by far is that *every* *single* *time* I want to check my friendslist, I have to go to my friendslist and then manually log in. I always check "Remember me". It never seems to help.

Also I was just about to say that crossposting from Dreamwidth to Livejournal works really well, except then I checked and it turns out my last few DW posts haven't crossposted. So I guess I'll go investigate that. LJ probably broke it around the time their login process became more of a pain.

Posted by: Nathaniel Wolfthorn (ganimede)
Posted at: September 7th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)

That's so weird, I use LJ daily and haven't needed to log in for months :-/

Posted by: Pythian Habenero (lienne)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
emotions: ...what just happened?

Update: Crossposting from DW to LJ seems to be functional! Maybe I changed my password and forgot to update my crosspost settings? I have no idea. Here is my adorably bewildered icon again.

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