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strikes & lj politics

apparently there's a "livejournal strike" on Friday - I won't be participating. For the record, if I forget to post, it's because I forgot to post, not because I'm supporting some insane "strike". For those who don't know, the movement is happening for the following reasons:

1) Livejournal no longer offers free, no-ad accounts for new users. When you sign up you chose between ads on your journal or a paid account. There used to be the "basic account" choice, which had fewer features but it was free and didn't show ads. brad, who invented livejournal, said that basic accounts were set up so there'd be more users and more content. Well, we're there. Livejournal has lots of users and content. So when the basic account types are whining that their friends can't set up the same accounts (existing users aren't even losing theirs, just whining!) I fail to see what ammunition they've got. I've run big websites - you do nice things in the beginning to encourage new members, then when the site gets more expensive you make it harder for freeloaders. That's the price you pay of being a freeloader. You're doomed to wander from website to website, contributing to their beginnings. That's the choice you make. If you hate it, start your own website.

2) Users are also mad that they weren't pre-told about basic accounts going away. Um, there'd be a rush on basic accounts? Again, the whining.

3) They're mad that "sex" doesn't show up in the list of most popular interests, it's filtered out. I can think of so many other things to care about.

One-day strikes are incredibly ineffective. My favorite are the gas strikes... people still drive their cars and use gas, but due to some e-mail forward, they think that taking a day off will stick it to big oil. Of course, oil companies issue quarterly statements like everyone else, so the daily ups and downs don't make a bit of difference, but no one talks about that, and no one talks about driving less. It's slacktivism at its finest.

So if you hate livejournal, GO. Move to the next website and drink in its free years, that's the way the internet works. You cannot convince a company that its decisions are bad, when they're basing their opinions on business and you're basing yours on, well, yourself. Somebody's gotta pay the bills around here, if you can't. Deal.

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ferngully
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Those forwards about boycotting gas for a day are so funny. Sorry people, we're approaching peak oil and it's getting more expensive just to dig for the oil to start with, the price WILL go up. Ride your bike instead.

As for LJ strikes, well, bah. I am making the sarcastic whiney face but no one can see it and get the full awesomeness.
easter
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Yay, someone sane.
cheeselog
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
to them, i say OFW. i have the choice of ad-free, but i can deal with a few ads for more content. that's the cost of being a free-loader.
i like your word, though... slacktivism.
lawl.

you slay me.
spacefem
Mar. 20th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
actually, I think it's a snopes word. Slactivists are people who honestly think they can, like, cure cancer by sending an e-mail forward or putting a magnet on their car. It's gotten insane in recent years.
cheeselog
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
oh, agreed, wholeheartedly.
rampant and sickening.
rawbery79
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Agreed. People need to start worrying about REAL SHIT in the world.
random_blobs
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
I agree. I find it kinda amusing, actually. But also kinda annoying, because I have nothing more entertaining to do all day then read the new LJ posts..

Slactivism...awesome word. I need to start using that...
electroly
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Heh, I had no idea LJ even did ads. I've been paying for this stupid account for so many years that I've missed all the changes.
smittenbyu
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
second that!

lol.. at slacktivism!
tweekers
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
I certainly won't strike over new users having adverts, it is far less annoying than when LJ free accounts were invite only and each member only had one invite code to give out.
becksterminator
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm surprised people have any expectation of not having to see ads. I mean, have you BEEN on the internet in the past, say, 10 years? There are ads. Maybe it's too hard for them to resist those "free ringtones" for the "ten thousandth" user.
spacefem
Mar. 20th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
hey shut up, they said they'd tell me who my crush was.
j0nkatz
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
It's me! *SMOOCH*

I'm still laughing at "slacktivism"
zonk
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I love the last paragraph of your entry.
aparecida
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Agreed 100%.

Although I do think the disappearance of "depression" from the popular-interests lists is crappy.
deana_in_texas
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've had paid accounts since 2004
I dunno. I agree, but I don't agree. I know the strike is pointless - I doubt it will make that much of an impact and that if it does I doubt SUP will care.

I agree that the TOS says they can change things at any time.

And honestly, I don't care because I already have an account (a paid account at that) so it really doesn't affect me. I don't need a new basic account.

But I really think that the way for them to get more -paid- members is to make the free members happy. No one is going to sign up for the paid account initially when there are so many free alternatives on the internet. I sure as hell wouldn't. They'll go to the free site first, and then maybe pay for that one later if they like it. I got my paid account because I was impressed with what I got with my free account and wanted more. And I won't be leaving, because I've already spent my hard-earned money on this place. And I know $25 isn't that much for a lot of people, but for me, it is. So I stay. Plus I've made a lot of great and interesting friends here so even if I left I'd still want to come back to keep up with those journals... they've got me in their grips. They'd have to do something that affects -me- personally before I pack up and leave.

And I think lot of people who would otherwise sign up here will sign up somewhere they can have a free journal without ads. And then those people won't be around to upgrade and get paid accounts. And then LJ will be reinstating basic accounts because their membership is dropping.

Maybe dumb, but that's how I'm viewing it. Eh.
season
Mar. 21st, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
seeing that i am a 31 year old adult who lives in the real world where businesses make business decisions, i am not phased by this. its the real world. it doesn't run on rainbows and sugar, things need to be done that some might consider unsavory to keep places like this afloat. grow up, get a job. live in the real world and not just on your computer.

god, i sound like one of those crotchety old people. lol.

and for the record, i paid for a permanent account because i have been paying for my lj for years. i got the account in 2001...
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