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What is your guys impression on this whole thing? I've been talking a lot about it with various people. There's talk that 6A is doing this intentionally as to virtually kill LiveJournal as to bolster usership over on Vox. There's talk that SUP bought LiveJournal as to control their own country, seeing how many people in Russia use LJ because they are allowed freedom of speech using the LJ sight.

Now, as far as I know, even though back in '05 when SUP agreed to take control over the Russian handling of LJ, there was no server switch. All LJ servers are still located in California, thus subject to state and federal laws. Whether or not there ARE servers in Russia, and if any of our data will be sent over there, is unsure, but realistically speaking, unlikely. Now with the new acquisition, the Terms of Service might change to reflect SUP's own business standards, so everybody might want to keep an eye on that.

On the whole, I think that 6A is dumping LiveJournal because it finally realized that LJ is hard to control, handle, and maintain. There are a lot of smart and idealistic people who have found a home and a community on the site, and many of them believe in a utopian internet society. When the fact that their happy world is actually a business comes into play, things get messy (see: the great strikethrough fiasco). I think 6A decided to cut its losses and throw LiveJournal to the mercy of who ever wanted to take a stab at it.

Good luck SUP, I think you'll need it.

Idealistically, I think LJ should be a co-op. Whether or not this would actually happen is probably not logistically possible. I also hold no tuck with utopian societies because I happen to fall into the Hawthorne school of thought which basically states that utopias cannot exist because they deny human nature (see: "Bob Dylan is great and all, but somebody still needs to wash the dishes").

What I am fairly sure of is that, on the grand scheme of the blogosphere, LiveJournal is fairly low on the ranking. Not a lot of people take it seriously, and those bloggers who DID start off on LiveJournal have moved to other sites, partly, I think, to shake off the negative, teenage agnsty image that LiveJournal has. Of course, that is not to say that the image can't and possibly could change, but it is the stigma that comes with the site.

Am I worried that my private information will be sold to the highest bidder once the Russians seize control? Not really. If it does come to that, I can simply downgrade my account to a free account and then take my blogging somewhere else. I doubt that my departure from LiveJournal (if it ever comes to that) would do much in the grand scheme of things. I also doubt that a mass exodus from the site would do anything either.

If LiveJournal truly wants their community to live and flourish as they so hope it is, and not to be taken up by a company, then they need to embrace the community that they have, treat it as such, buy out from the Russians and set it up as a co-op and not a business. LiveJournal has been a business for quite sometime now, and thus is treated as one. 6A doesn't have to care about the users of LiveJournal, and neither does SUP - this is something that bothers a lot of people, and I think it is the core of the issue here.
I think 6A dumped LiveJournal because it's a big, black money hole. A co-op is a nice idea, except that was tried in the original incarnation of LJ- the idea was that everyone would be contributing to the code, and then eventually paid accounts were introduced when the community started to fill up with people who couldn't contribute to the code. See! Contribute to the community!

Hah. It is to laugh. Everyone knows you shouldn't have to PAY for someone else to host your tortured rantings and lolcats.

So when the LJ guys finally figured out that they couldn't keep paying for servers and bandwidth under the weight of people who took their free account and contributed nothing in return, they sold it to 6A, Which I honestly believe was the short-term salvation of LiveJournal.