26 May 2014 @ 11:54 pm
Social Times on the problem with LiveJournal's changes  
Interesting article in Social Times on why the changes to LiveJournal are not only NOT likely to gain a new userbase for LJ, but risk driving off current users by taking away the very things we like here:

Now that sufficient time has passed, and older social networks are seeing their once great services lag behind the new startups, the desire to reboot is strong. But given that services like MySpace and Bebo are trying their hardest, and maybe not doing so well, why inject all this effort?

It seems that LiveJournal’s current 60 million users are happy to frequent the service as it is. Pushing hard to bring an older service up to speed may just alienate fans, and be ultimately destructive to the brand you’re trying to save.

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[identity profile] gaedhal.livejournal.com on May 27th, 2014 08:30 am (UTC)

Every so-called improvement is a sharp pain in the ass!

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[identity profile] bodleian.livejournal.com on May 27th, 2014 09:48 am (UTC)
I hated the last change that they made but at least I had the option to revert to the old format. Change is not always for the best.
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[identity profile] kinwad.livejournal.com on May 27th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Agree completely w/the article. LJ still hasn't heard, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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[identity profile] buzziecat.livejournal.com on May 27th, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
The article identified that lj has hired someone formerly from shitty, f'ing intrusive, forces-unwanted=changes-on-users-frequently google. Ahhh... no wonder lj has been slammed with an 'updated format' and no advance notice.

The changes to lj can be compared to the changes to google in how unwanted and unnecessary they are and will likely also compare in how feedback does nothing to change them. :(

Best not to believe the claim that privacy will be respected on lj and users will not be asked to reveal their identify. Not where google is involved.

Thanks for the article, Xie.
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[identity profile] ljtilford.livejournal.com on May 28th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
I hated the new format immediately. I am so glad people with much better skills at expressing themselves have commented.
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