That's part of it. Mainly it's because of how they didn't communicate to us that they were going to be ending all future basic accounts, how they lied to us when we caught them, and then became snippy when we caught them in their lie. And to show them that LJ is content based so they'll notice a dramatic drop in the daily posts and their revenue from people logging in and seeing ads and what not by staying away for that time frame. It's all ready having an impact, they've allowed interests that they had blocked to return to the LJ interest search tool, and they're talking about allowing people who have created new accounts to downgrade to a basic account as a possibility in the future. I don't think any of that would have happened if this strike hadn't picked up momentum. When as many people participate as are going to be participating in this strike make entries about how upset they are with current practices any business has to take notice.
so far i've watched only a few of the vids but they are awesome :D thanks darlin
don't forget freerice.com !! :)
I figure I've pimped that one fairly often. :) But thank you for mentioning it I'm sure people will see this and go there too. :) Such a great site!
Well I am doing it, and I am also thrilled that it starts at GMT, my home time! and a piece of Trivia for you....the GMT 0 degrees line goes through my nearest town and there is a stone in a town garden where you can stand with one foot in the East and one in the West!It is the centre of the World!!
I'm Striking. Thanks again for bringing it to my attention. Thanks as well for the link to 'Now I lay me down to sleep'. I'm going to share this with my bosses and the other nurses at work. Even though I don't work Mother-Baby, it is still touching.
You're welcome hon, and that's wonderful to share with the other nurses. Especially if people weren't aware of it yet. It's an amazing charity from what I can gather and will do a lot of good for a lot of people.
Looking forward to it! :)
YAY work-safe distractions. you should post a random blog on Myspace in your absense! absence?? absinthe?!!?! whatever.
Absinthe, absolutely. ;)
And I though those worksafe links would be nice to have as a distraction for those that enjoy LJ for it's many distractions during the work day. Just remember to favorite place them so you don't come back to my page to get them tonight or tomorrow. lol
2008-03-20 01:39 pm (UTC)
THROW DOWN YOUR TOOLS OF OPPRESSION COMRADES
if this dosent work, we could always walk past LJs house with big magnets.
2008-03-20 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: THROW DOWN YOUR TOOLS OF OPPRESSION COMRADES
I heart you. :)
I think whoever picked this date did so with an ulterior motive in mind, very disingenuous, considering that for a lot of people it starts on Good Friday, which is a day when an awful lot of people are off doing other things, travelling, attending church, so there is normally a drop off in posts as on all major holidays.
So who is to say if the drop off in posts is just the normal drop off in posting or a response to the whingefest, any statistics garnered from this will be suspect in the extreme and could not be used to prove or disprove anything.
You know, I can see that point, but I also know that I have personally seen post increases during holidays in the past because it generally means people are home from work/school where they might otherwise have a network that bans LJ so i think generally speaking it seems to even itself out.
Though I'm sure that LJ will use that as an excuse when there is a drop in comments.
I don't think BeckyZoole who started the idea of the strike was thinking about good friday, I read in her blog when someone brought it up that it completely slipped her mind. She's Jewish, and wasn't thinking of Good Friday.
I'm participating, albeit quietly. Meaning I don't plan on posting anything my journal about it. I'll likely see you after strike time.
I'll see you on the flip side. ;)
For what it's worth, you can count me in on that. One blogger's not much, but it's something.
It's definitely something. Thousands are participating. It's very exciting. :)
I don't get it. What is so wrong with advertising? I mean, banner ads are all over the internet, and if you had a small business in real life, you wouldn't want to live in a time and place where signs are hated and outlawed.
I don't think anyone's so stupid as to assume they get your sponsorship for banner ad content.
FTR, I am a basic account holder, and I can't think of a single reason to pay anything for one, other than I'd very much like to change my username. I don't want any more features as this guys says, he calls paid accounts a Mercedes, and I just want a bicycle. However, I know my bajillion posts and comments are adding to hefty weight on their servers and employees, so I see no wrong in them finding a way to make money without charging me.
They didn't communicate it, and LJ is content based. That's what makes this community so interesting, and diverse. Plenty of people have the plus accounts, and still more are signing up under them. The strike is all ready having an impact. They're talking about allowing basic accounts as an option again for everyone.
You're not concerned with the way the person who is one of the people in charge of this whole operation spoke about LJ users?
No, I think he's right. There are a vast majority of users who don't care about anything, a few who are very active in their usage and opinions, and some who just want to cause trouble for a the business that is Livejournal. It got purchased long ago by a corporation as a business endeavor. You can still have a free account, right?
And as far as notifying, who in their right mind would notify people who ALREADY have journals of something that isn't going to affect them. And as far as notifying users of what they are doing, I think it's silly--they don't have to tell the users when they decide to fire someone or switch from projection monitors to flatscreens in the office or alter the benefits package for their employees.
Really, he was only somewhat scathing to the reporter, he obviously has a great distaste for the journalists in Russia(and they might very well have a bad reputation). No, I do not have my feelings hurt by anything he said, and he's right that there are plenty of people on LJ who just dissent and complain solely for attention.
What's so bad about banner ads?
I disagree entirely, but that's cool. :) We don't always have to agree.
Well, I never really got an answer. Really, what's so wrong with banner ads? Why is everyone so upset that LJ will now be like every other site on the internet, and have banner ads?
It goes against what LJ stands for. And the promises that were made to the users that we would never have to see ads. I know ownership changed, but when someone purchases a company they still should honor the previous agreements made by that company to their user base.
And on top of that, a lot of the ads that are being used are spyware ads, and transmitting personal information to advertisers, which I don't think is cool.
Well, as far as spyware, there are ways to prevent your information from being solicited or stolen, and you are much more likely to get some kind of bug from googling something or checking your email than anything else.
I do not think that it is reasonable to expect a site this large to be a charity. I don't mean that sarcastically, but I mean that they need to make money to do all of the things they do, secure our memories and entries, keep it safe, and provide monetary incentive for good employees to work for Livejournal. He made it clear that the site has undergone a shift from a volunteer-run, non-profit service to a business that would like to provide a VALUABLE service to it's users.
I won't been using LJ during this strike either, not because I think it will "bring LJ down a notch"(a slack in users for one day won't really hurt LJ) but because I support the efforts of the masses to operate together. I don't mind a shift to a professional website service, but I would prefer to have LJ know that we are conscious and intentional users.
If you want a free website with no ads, where the users decide everything, you are constantly going to be switching websites--either because it will die or because it will flourish(as LJ has). But that kind of thing is simply not viable on a large scale of long term. Running LJ costs a good deal of money. If you are going to blame someone, blame the guy(s) who sold LJ to a corporation. He/she/they got paid off for a company to essentially violate or destroy what was created, because a corporation cannot legally NOT make money.
wow I proofread and still had typos.
*won't BE using
*large scale OR long term
I don't even bother proofreading mine anymore. hehe. ;) I would go insane trying to fix all my errors.
For real. Unfortunately, mine changed the meaning of the sentences!
It's more about how they lied to us, trying to say the reason they took it away initially was because three options was just too confusing to possible new LJ users, and then had to backpedal. I think this strike is all ready having positive effects. They've restored the user interests they were blocking because they were controversial and they're taking about restoring the basic account option for all users, so i think the strike is all ready working. Also, I don't think it's a charity to not have ads on accounts. Plenty of people choose the plus account option because they want the extra icons and other things that come with them, and the way that money is made is due to the content that draws people to the site in the first place. I think the strike is definitely having a positive impact, even if not everoyne agrees on all of the things that are the facets of the strike.
What is the thing with the interests? Did they tell people they couldn't have some things on their interests list?
And the reason I can't argue that users will pay because they like LJ is because I like LJ, but I don't want any more features. I like LJ because it's free and provides just what I want. It IS charity to not advertise on accounts like mine, because I'm giving them NOTHING in return for something.
They didn't tell people they couldn't have them, they just stopped making them searchable. So for awhile if you had "faeries" as an interest, and clicked on it you wouldn't be able to see yourself or any other users with that same interest. A lot of them were more controversial.. like depression, and bisexuality, and it's assumed the filters were put on the interest search so that possible advertisers wouldnt' find any content they found uestionable when deciding to advertise or not with LJ. A bit of a mess.
And I actually purchased a permanent account. A lot of people are giving them money in the way of permanent or paid, and a lot of people opt for the "plus" account because they're not bothered by ads, and want the perks. I think it should continue to be a voluntary thing though.
Would you be ok with a rate increase on paid accounts?
Well, I have a permanent account, so that's probably not a fair question for me.
I wondered why a few my interests weren't in bold anymore, but I didn't bother to click on them.
How long was this happening?
I'm glad I struck. (Striked?)
Me too. Appears to be a 13% drop. So definitely a difference was made.
I didn't know they were censoring the interests lists.
I think I'll spend time reading or writing tommorow. Or making icons. ('Cuz knowing me I'll procrastinate even homework I assign myself.)
How'd you spend your time away? :)
Read a little (very little), translated a bit (.. just a bit), and made some icons (in my last post), and rearranged alot of my files on the computer.
Did some Myspace mainly.
Wow. Bigot of the year. Adorable. It's too bad you didn't get enough love as a child.