.... I miss LiveJournal. Remember LiveJournal? When it felt like it was just Brad Fitzpatrick and a few guys in a garage happily coding away because they wanted
to, not because it was a paycheck?
Things were bad enough when Six Apart took over. It's not that I object to someone making money off the site -- I object to a corporation
coming in and taking over a community they weren't part of to begin with, and acting like -- well, a corporation. Like last year's flap over deleting journals and communities
for "objectionable content" -- they just did it and hoped no one would notice, and when they got caught, they backpedalled and lied. I was not impressed.
I've always been against censorship -- anyone who knows me knows that -- and I seriously thought about leaving then. But then Six Apart sold the company, and I thought, "thank God those
assholes are gone."
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. SUP is just as bad, and maybe even worse. I mean, set aside the whole issue of selling an American company to a Russian one -- and putting all of us at risk of our content running afoul of what they
consider illegal -- but at least Six Apart acted
like they cared about us. SUP isn't even bothering.
First came the censoring of the popular interests lists
, in a lovely little repeat of the same kind of bullshit Six Apart pulled. Now, they've eliminated free accounts. Again, it's not that I object to them trying to make money -- although the rumors that all existing
unpaid accounts will eventually be converted to ad-driven accounts annoy me -- it's the contempt they've shown for their userbase when people objected.
Some users organized a Content Strike
, which I thought was a good idea. SUP didn't. One of their official spokesmen, Anton Nosik, actually called the striking users "idiots"
who were trying to "blackmail" LJ. Oh, and he called basic account holders "freeloaders," too. Charming.
And now I see on ljspeaks
that SUP is sending your private information, including what other sites you visit
, to ad-targetting servers. Enough. I'm done.
I'm going to leave LiveJournal. I've seen a lot of people talking about doing this for a while on various communities I read, but when people I know start talking about doing it
, then maybe it's time I sit up and take notice.
Ideally, I'd like to go where my friends are. If a bunch of us could come to some kind of concensus on where we should go from here, that would be great. In the meantime, I've set up an account at:http://icebluenothing.insanejournal.com/
.... And that's where I'm going to be posting from now on, unless someone can make a good case for going somewhere else instead. (I'll be leaving this journal up probably until the end of the month, just to make sure everyone has a chance to see it, and isn't wondering where the hell I went.)
If you're interested in leaving, here are a couple of really useful posts: one on why you should leave
, which goes into even more detail than I've gone into here, and another on how to leave
, which gives resources on how to migrate.