So, 6Apart have finally had enough and dumped LiveJournal. Not surprising really, after all we’ve hardly treated them and their stupid ideas with the respect they think they deserved. And after all they did introduce a lot of crap features (Sponsored v-gifts, those rubbish snap previews, news posts that contain no news).
We’ve been bought by a Russian company called Sup (insert cat macros here) who apparently run a Russian LiveJournal server.
Useful links:The News post announcing itlj_2008
: Sup’s new LJ community which lists the things they want to do including:
[x] Having a body made up of LiveJournal users so that the company can listen to the needs of the community at large (apparently Brad is already on board)
[x] Improving some of the functionality
But, like with all LJ announcements lately it doesn't cover a lot of queries such as:
[x] Does anyone have any background information on Sup, other than the website listed on the news page?
[x] What happens to our journals, will the servers be moving?
[x] How can they ensure the security of our personal information, especially for Paid Account users who have to give LJ their paypal/credit/debit card details?
[x] Which country's data protection laws will we be subject too?
[x] Will they be getting rid of the rubbish 6A introduced?
[x] What's going to happen with the much-mooted policy documents that after nearly 4 months LJ still haven't produced (and this is after marta
said last week that they were going to be working on it over the weekend)
[x] Are the current LJ staffers going to be sacked and replaced? (or will they be staying with 6Apart?)
(If any of this stuff has already been covered, can you link me to the threads, I couldn't face wading through 19 pages of macros and "FIRST elventy!!" at half six this morning)
Is it time to start backing up our journals and sailing for sunnier climes?LJ-Book
turns your journal and all it’s comments and pictures into a lovely PDF file which you can them print out and turn into a book. (Beware though, it’s very busy at the moment, I think I lot of people are backing up.)LJArchive
also backs up your journal and its comments but with the added bonus of letting you import them into any other journaling service that uses the LJ Open Source. (Unfortunately it doesn’t copy over your comments)