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LJ>100

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LJ @ 102 graphOK, who had June 9 in the office pool for the date when the Internet ranking for LiveJournal would slip out of the top 100? Yesterday it did so: 102.

This Alexa graph shows LiveJournal (steadily declining blue) charted against fad Twitter (wildly increasing gold…temporarily so, but still leaping up over LJ) and the horse we switched to shortly after the left edge of this chart, WordPress (red, steadily increasing and with solid staying power).

LiveJournal’s long decline will continue indefinitely, for exactly the same reasons the decline began in the first place: its management is out of touch with what its market wants and needs. And even with all its polls and advisory committees and community discussions and all the other smoke and mirrors, doesn’t really give a damn.

Obviously, WordPress can only climb but so high, since they can never have a negative ranking (and may never reach much higher than around rank 20). But check back in a year from now, and that wedge between LiveJournal and WordPress will be even wider than it has grown here, since LiveJournal will find no floor in how far down they drop.

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Written by macheide

10 June 2009 at 3:15 pm

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WordPress Cursed

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New WordPress feature!! The software senses when you’re trying to say something about government business, then automatically posts it in triplicate!

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Written by macheide

8 June 2009 at 2:20 pm

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What To Deactivate

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No. The only thing I did wrong
was to impose on IE as backup to juggling some Firefox tabs,
inviting Microsuck to go about doing the only thing it does well:
crash out a computer bad enough to blow out its settings.
 
What this screen really needs is a button that says
“Deactivate any Microsuck software on this equipment.”
 

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Written by macheide

25 February 2009 at 4:38 pm

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Trashing Google Video

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Google Video has long been “currently unable” to do much of anything except make excuses (which they also suck at). About the only reason I’ve bothered to waste any time using it at all has been that YouTube has its own shortcomings, particularly since Google injected that with its ubiquitous brand of mediocrity. But they’ve kicked me in the head one too many times. So like with Google’s ludicrously substandard attempts at SMS alerts and at crossing swords with wikipedia, their video service goes out to trash.

No, no reason to “check back later,” not ever. They’ll only be worse off than they already are.

Now, what does Google want to screw up next? (Think: Google documents, another piece of junk.)

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Written by macheide

12 February 2009 at 3:57 pm

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Google Video Bull

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OK, who’s the only other idiot on the Internet in line in front of me?

So let me get this straight: traffic that constitutes less than 1% of the new video content added to Google sites constitutes “overwhelming interest” in Google video??? That’s a sad delusion not even worth imitating an LOL. What they really mean is, “We only devote sufficient bandwidth to Google video to serve one Internet user at a time. Get in line, sucker.”

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Written by macheide

3 February 2009 at 8:59 pm

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Not So Live

When I’d finally had enough of LiveJournal‘s shenanigans a year ago today, the blogging pioneer still clung to a ranking near the mid 50s, as measured by Alexa. LJ did luck into a false peak rank near 50 in early 2008, but since then has steadily dug itself deeper and deeper into the mud, ending the year since my departure down below 90.

LJ’s decline cannot be blamed on the worldwide economic crisis, its owners’ laughable excuses to the contrary. At least LJ is finally once again unique: no other top-100-ranked site has been steadily losing ground, even with the bad economy. The world’s economy will turn around in 2010 or 2011, but LJ will be lower than it is today by then, and will keep right on sinking further.

In a smirk at LJ’s recent layoffs of crucial product managers and engineers while preserving positions for finance and operations workers, Valleywag accurately described LJ as “a website to be left on life support.” That, and with second-hand emergency room equipment years past its warranty.

Like the hapless opendiary.com, the only asset LJ still has are its dwindling membership’s own friends: one tends to be reluctant to leave even an inferior network if one’s friends are there. Like, “I’d rather live in hell where all my drinking buddies are than to get stuck in heaven where I don’t know anybody.” But with the whole world and maybe an extra planet or two active on Facebook and myspace, LJ won’t even hang onto that asset very much longer.

LJ didn’t have to die. But it is killing itself off. And won’t recover, even after the economy does.

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Written by macheide

17 January 2009 at 8:20 pm

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Outa One Frying Pan

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If you’re one of the newcomers WordPress is currently welcoming over from the suicidal LiveJournal, get used to seeing the message clipped above, one of several you’ll find common to your blogging experience here. Also get used to just plain sitting while WP just churns endlessly without bothering to pick one of its error cards out of the deck to let you know you’re stuck. And when the WP message tells you to come back to try again in a few minutes, make that a few hours, or tomorrow, or next week. LJ worked past such growing pains back around 2000-2001, but don’t wait for WP to get with the program before you complete your migration from there to here. With LJ’s engineers laid off, you can count the days before LJ is again even less reliable than WP might seem to be.

Many other things here will make you feel right at home, just like what you’re used to back at LJ. Like, the certainty that if your blog looks exactly the way you want it to look today, that eventually inevitably it will get screwed up by nothing more than some whim change in WP’s own system. Like, having to learn a completely unique non-standard version of HTML to achieve some of the most basic effects, only to have to learn yet another non-standard version of HTML the next time some other WP programmer takes a crack at the system. Like, the introduction of new features that you have to waste your own time learning although you don’t want them, so you can at least know how to waste your own time turning them off once users have complained enough to force WP to add a patch off-switch.

All too familiar if you clung to LJ way too long in the vain hope that one day they’d wake up to respect their real value as being in the writers they could retain and the writings those writers produced and the audiences and communities built on their words, versus the brief brilliance of some unwanted system feature or the pile of pennies gleaned from overloading their users’ work with the adverts of a failed commercial model.

Yes, all quite familiar, except WP hasn’t yet taken it as far as LJ did, at least not yet. So one might be able to at least catch a break here, maybe rest up before continuing the exodus to find the promised land: a permanent blogging home that one need never leave again.

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Written by macheide

9 January 2009 at 4:46 pm

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