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The fucking site isn't going to die, OK?

They had to make layoffs. It's a shitty economy. They had no choice. Livejournal is a business, one that was bought by businesses with the intention of making money. If you expected anything else, you're naive.

Yes, it was shitty to give people just one week's severance pay and no notice. Guess what: that's what I got. And with the amount of data that Livejournal stores, they can't risk giving ANY notice. Trust me on this; one guy that knows he's going in two weeks becomes disgruntled, and gets into the server room... imagine your journals disappearing off the face of the earth, with NO warning. That's what you're playing with here.

I've heard people say that they don't like how the people were laid off after the holidays. Would you rather they get laid off BEFORE the holidays!? That's what happened to a lot of people at larger, publically run companies. They got laid off before the holidays; right around Thanksgiving in some cases. These companies - like Pepsi, who laid off my state representative the day before Thanksgiving - did this for one reason: to make their Q4 fiscal reports look better for the shareholders. That's it.

Personally? If I have to be laid off - and I've been laid off, by a company no longer in business - I'd rather have it happen after the holidays are done, with some care put into the thankless process, than before the holidays just to make some beancounter look better. Think, people; the world is not just rainbows and cumshots.

So all you people backing up your LJs, congratulations; all you're doing is stressing Livejournal's SQL servers more. You know what? I'm willing to bet that had something to do with today's downtime! "LJ'S DYING! SAVE THE JOURNALS!!! OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING OH I CAN SEE FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRR". Yikes.

I stopped supporting Livejournal financially the day they were bought out by SUP. Yes, I do think the purchase of LJ from SUP will eventually bode poorly for the site and it's members. But when that happens? There are options, it just takes a little bit more work. For example, Wordpress has blogs you can use - I know svz_insanity uses one - or... hey, here's an idea: you can use my own webspace! I already have a Wordpress blog (that once again has gone abused and ignored), but you would be able to read me no matter what. So what if there's no easy, friends-list like thing to keep up on everyone? You know what a friends-list is? Just an RSS feed, broken up by security settings. Nothing more. RSS is your friend.

So don't panic. And if you're panicking like a motherfucker? There are other options. They just take a bit more work.


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Jan. 8th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
The fucking site isn't going to die, OK?

THANK YOU. I'm getting sick of all the predictions of doom every time LJ does anything questionable. "Oh no, they changed the color of the site's layout to green? WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!"
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
This. Dear God, this.
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Word. LJ users like to freak out about everything. I'm kind of irritated with the users, more than anything, on this one, because honestly, what was LJ supposed to do? Run at a loss until they can't pay any employees? Yeah, that'll go over well.

I've been backing my journal up regularly since I found a program to do it, so generally, I only have a few entries to add. The only reason I really do it at all is that the program has a nice search function built into it...
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)

I doubt LJ's going anywhere, but, if necessary, I've got other (currently blank) online journals tucked away in various places.
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
(Bah, I feel like a broken record at this point.)

I am not, and never have been worried about LiveJournal "dying". At worst, it gets sold again. (And actually, that might not even be a bad thing.) My fear is what the fiscal situation means in the long run to users like myself who don't fancy handing a fistfull of dollars to a Russian conglomerate. LJ has been losing ground to FaceBook for over a year now, and they're already stingy with giving free users access to features.

Layoffs aren't a be-all, end-all solution to bleeding cash. With the reduced number of pay day checks comes a dramatic drop in productivity. The userbase is going to feel it sooner or later (even if they weren't a bunch of emo whores).
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