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I think the funniest thing for me about the whole merger thing is that the people screaming loudest about it have no real world experiences with corporations, buy outs, take overs, or uhm, in a lot of cases... jobs at all.

I've seen in several places people say that they feel that Brad is their dad who has now left the family somehow... are you ... are you serious?Are you that into this whole notion of e-celebrities? The really really fucking nasty "I hope he..."s floating around are pretty disturbing. They aren't the reaction of someone using a journalling service, they're the reaction of betrayed friends and lovers... and how many of you have ACTUALLY fucked Brad in a misbegotten one night stand and been left crying with a note on your pillow? Honestly, that's how you're acting.

It's not in the best interest of a company like Six Apart to change the LJ formula. It's a better BUSINESS practice for them to keep it as is. They are trying to form a barricade of diversity against the huge crippling wave that will be Google Blogger. Gmail isn't even out of beta and it's an increasingly ubiquitous email address, even among midwestern housewives and grandmas. I love it when people talk about the evils of corporations, the cut throat nature of business, and how the drive to actually make a business successful on any level is somehow proof of the demonic.

When Mena there says that they aren't going to change it I believe it. It would be POINTLESS to buy LJ and then make it into another version of Moveable Type. They haven't become that successful of a company by making pointless business decisions and funnelling money into no-win ventures. LJ is very different from Moveable Type and that's EXACTLY why they aqquired it. Adept at business does not automatically equal evil. Sure... I understand... mergers in the online world usually mean something gets absorbed and destroyed. The funny thing is, most of you screaming the loudest about all this monopolization of the online world weren't at an age to know what the Internet was LIKE before the run toward ownership of various chunks of it. You're upset becuase an ideal that you *never* *experienced* is now gone.

LJ was always a "for profit" venture. As soon as it went from "just us using the software" to "I'm going to make this an open for everyone site" their goal was to make money and be successful in a self sustaining business. No really. You may not LIKE THAT, but it's true. I for one can completely empathize with what Brad has said about not caring about business, but wanting his business to be successful. I *could* start my own company doing what I do and make a lot more money and be a lot more successful... But I just can't see myself handling the business end of things. I like that Boss lady is there to do the paperwork and handle the billing and taxes and so forth so that I can just do my job, find things, do my research and not worry about those things. Brad saw an opportunity to make sure his business was going to survive and flourish while he was still able to sit back and just play with the geek side and he took it. YAY! Would that we could all do that!

I'm not a Brad cheerleader or an LJ toady. I just honestly believe that all of this high school level bullshit reaction to ANY level of change (from CSS implementation to the use of reply icons)is symptomatic of exactly what LJ has become to so many people... a little festering pot of psychosomatic inbred disfunction. Brad isn't your dad, he's a YOUNG GUY who started a company and who owes you NOTHING. Not a damned thing.

Oh... and companies that don't make money by charging a fee tend to use Ads. It's unrealistic (but really common, believe me) to expect a FREE SERVICE to also be Ad Free. How the hell do you think Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, etc. sustain themselves with their "free email"? Why do you think Oddpost (a *great* mail service, now purchased by Yahoo for its innovative and unique set up) had no ads, but charged for its service? Becuase they're all bastards. That must be why!

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punkalicia
Jan. 7th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
dude. what you said. 100%.

having been through some grisly mergers where my ass was actually on the line i freaked out less than i've seen people in LJLand do.

and most of the people having the biggest most hysterical fits? they aren't even paying for it. i find it hard to take seriously some hysterical proana cutter who won't even pony up $5 now and then. ok, even if the hpc's pay, i don't take them seriously.
maddening
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
I am a super bitchy person today.
Honestly, I don't even care about the pay/non pay thing becuase a lot of the people I've seen screaming are acually people who've paid for the service. I just think that the reaction is making out LJ people to be exactly what actual bloggers think of them... the AOLers of the blogging world.
Way to get anyone to take you seriously or think you *aren't* just a bunch of frivolous highschoolers and college kids with no real points of contention beyond some understandable yet baseless (so far) fears.

And the ad thing... guh ... that drives me crazy when I see it in studies all the time. There is this concept that EVERYTHING on the internet should be free. Every service, every function, every new thing should be totally free. Ask someone at the end of a study how much they'd be willing to pay for a new feature, they say NOTHING... that it should be free. It's the universal answer.
Ask them how they feel about the ad content on a free service and they get VERY upset about it being present.

The only thing online that people are willing to pay for these days is *porn* (and LJ itself generates enough of that through its cottage industry camwhore business that you typically don't even have to pay for it)
frobisher
Jan. 8th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
This is why we love you.
umbrella
Jan. 7th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
NICE TRY BRAD.

NO DICE.
maddening
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
... you used your connection with that evil mind reading cyborg to cut through my clever ruse, didn't you?
DAMN YOU NICOLA! DAMN YOU TO A MILLION HELLS!
luvrhino
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
jokes, easy
how many of you have ACTUALLY fucked Brad in a misbegotten one night stand and been left crying with a note on your pillow?

Please note that i wasn't upset.

Brad eats onions in bed.
mjfgates
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'll panic when I see the numbers. Seriously, I don't even know if LJ makes a profit. If it does, and if Six Apart paid a reasonable amount of money for that income stream, then that's what they bought, and things probably won't change much. If they paid an UNreasonable amount, then they're going to do something that free account users will find Damned Unpleasant. I don't know what the Damned Unpleasant thing would be... huge banner ads? One page served per five minutes for free users? All images get pointed to tubgirl?... Whatever.

All that said, I don't care that much, and yeah, the whining is kind of silly.
maddening
Jan. 7th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know that they made profit, but they definitely did well enough to continue to grow and add and upgrade the backend often enough to make me think they were pulling in *something*. Just the fact that they were able to continue hiring employees while buying new servers meant that they're at least self sustainable.

I think I've looked at it more from a positioning / growth of their product base standpoint instead of the "purchasing an income stream" standpoint... but you're entirely correct there.

The thing is... I've heard a lot of people talking about taking their business over the GreatestJournal if LJ starts with the ad thing. GreatestJournal gets its 1,000 user pics and free journals ability from targetted link ads in your journals. So really, LJ is currently the *only* free journal site of its kind that doesn't use Ad content for revenue, but depends instead on the revenue of those willing to pay for it and gain the perks of being a paid member.
I dunno.. thinking outloud. I'm too researchy for my own good.
mjfgates
Jan. 9th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
hm. Somebody's going to come up with a blogging client that lets you view something like a friends page, only allowing you to look at users from multiple different blog sites, at some point. Kind'a like Trillian let you do AOL, ICQ, and MSN IMs. Of course, network effects squished ICQ and MSN Messenger like bugs not long after Trillian came out... ah, well, I digress.

That said... feh.
frobisher
Jan. 8th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
Despite a momentary shudder after remembering what happened to Buster Keaton after MGM bought him, I agree with all that.

Just CHILL, people.
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