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I'll edit this later with the links but I'm in numb shock.....

Six Apart is buying out Livejournal

If you can't wait for the links, then "news google" it.


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Jan. 5th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Whats that mean?
Jan. 5th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
it means that the company that runs this service is being taken over by that other company, which might be a good thing but I've been through a few web service buyouts to know that it more than likely would be the reverse of a Martha Stewart....


Six Apart could change this into something so crappy in order to get a target market that LJ was never intended for...like sixdegrees.com when it was bought out by its private group of volunteer owners by a bigger company and retooled as a community for teens and young adults instead of a community for people of all ages.

When Youthstream did that to Sixdegrees, they made it quite user UNFRIENDLY and changed the color scheme and layout into something eye straining and gawdy and put a buttload of teenybopperish ads on it.

Then I remember when Yahoo bought out first Geocities and then eGroups. I didn't have any problems out of the Geocities buyout but I do remember the constant stress and panic attacks about the groups buyout since it wasn't long before they'd do crap like fire all the volunteers for the groups section, then all of a sudden once in a while a group's archives would disappear and sometimes they don't come back and sometimes they do...and then ther "surfer team" goes around and picks ANY group they see fit and either delete it for TOS violations (a very broad TOS too) or even because of a spam link or whatever...would move without the owner's permission, the group into an adult category and they fixed that category to where once placed in there, a group CAN'T move anywhere else.

Doomsday stuff like that.
Jan. 5th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Wow...umm half of that stuff would be a GOOD thing...I wish they'd make LJ more kid-safe.....

Change isn't always a bad thing you know. You're probably one of the most pessimistic people I know...-_-;;
Jan. 6th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
I know it could make it more kid friendly......
but I think there's a difference between making a place kid friendly and changing the target market of a product like an online community. When Sixdegrees changed their site just because they wanted to attract more younger people, that ticked a lot of older people off, not just because they are all foul mouthed people that are into hentai and weird sick stuff.

Let's flip this around shall we? Would Christians want to still be here on LJ if they get bought out by a company that wanted to change LJ's target market to a more....adult...audience? Make it a place for fans of online porn? I doubt even you would want to stick around after they pull that kind of stund.

So yeah even though catering to the teeny-bopper crowd might not be a bad thing, my experience says that it might not be a good thing as well. They might or might not change a lot of things to where us "grown ups" might feel out of place.
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: I know it could make it more kid friendly......
if that happened i'd run on over to xanga, their stuff looks pretty cool afterall ^^ but iagree with Wendi about you being sopessemestic. AND i was with egroups when yahoo bought them out. besides a lil confusion at the on set of transfer, i thought everything went well and i like yahoo groups - seemed to go fine to me.
Jan. 6th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: I know it could make it more kid friendly......
Yeah I like it now too even though now I don't do much posting or maintaining these days. :( need to change that...

Though I remember the time youre than a year ago when I was totally sweating out the times like the survey about "What would you pay for, and what would you want to pay for?"

Also back when they would every so often take just about all the servers down for maintenance and I hear from Emaillist Managers list (I don't remember where they hear those things from) I spend the weekend of the downtime all paranoid for the archives of the groups I own.

Jan. 6th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I know it could make it more kid friendly......
That still doesn't mean it's going to change for the worse...
Jan. 5th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
What does that mean? Is LiveJournal going kaput? I have to know! I don't want to lose my journal!
Jan. 6th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
it means....
that if it is true, that it could be anything from a friendly merging to hostile takeover just because both parties need each other together to compete against Google and Microsoft since MS has their own thing and Google has Blogger and they are both stupid shapping monopolies with big guns.

So someone has to buy someone else in order for both to still be around and be big enough for the big two not to gobble up....it's alarming and pretty stupid at least from our end...but also necessary...though it is what it sounds like "In order to not get gobbled up by the big companies we need to gobble each other to become too big to be gobbled but to do the gobbling ourselves."

I'm still trying to figure out what Six Apart's thing is, I hope that signs don't point yet to more of a possibility of a paid service without any free since I'd lose a bunch of friends....much more than if they kept a free service but changed everything else.
Jan. 6th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
eh...meh...first uj, now lj. ~_~ :;runs over to aml::
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