I know I'm being pessimistic but I'll believe it like I see it.
I'm so much a Doubting Thomas..."Show me, Show me, Show me!"
---"LiveJournal won't become paid-user-only or anything crazy like that. We're not going to raise prices. We're not going to cancel permanent accounts, etc, etc. And we're not going to spam or sell your information. You own your journals, not us. Really you shouldn't see any negative changes."----
"Show me show me show me!"
---"Also, Six Apart has a lot of staff that we don't... marketing, designers, usability people, etc. It's been frustrating the past few years knowing that in a number of ways LiveJournal is technically the best but because we weren't the prettiest and didn't give good quote, we were often overlooked. I want that to change ... we'll continue to focus on technology and they'll help us make our stuff pretty and usable. They want LiveJournal to stay LiveJournal and that's why I picked Six Apart."---
They want LJ to stay LJ but yet they have a lot of stuff LJ doesn't???? "Show me show me show me!!!"
---" I totally trust Six Apart."---
Silly guy...being overly trusting. Don't you know that they are always out to get you even when they aren't? "Show me show me show me!"
---"Ben and Mena, the founders of Six Apart, have built a great company and hand-picked a lot of great people. Over the past couple months I've come to know their executive team really well, and they're people I feel confident taking over control of my baby. They've already shown that they'll defer to me on issues of community, fearful of doing anything that'd upset people. As for the rest of the team, I've only started meeting them all, but my mouth hit the floor when I saw some of the latest stuff they have in the works."---
Defer to him out of fear of upsetting us???
*ahem*........BWAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAH they just kissed his cheek with the Sanedrine and a few Roman centurions right behind them!
---"Why is Six Apart buying LiveJournal?
Lots of reasons:
* Our companies are more alike than different.
* We both use Perl.
* Together we form super robot that's stronger than the sum of its parts.
* Super robots can fight super companies.
* They respect us, we respect them.
* We have a number of features they don't.
* We have experience with making "inward-facing" community sites, whereas their sites/products tend to be "outward-facing". They want some of that inward-facing action.
* Because we're awesome.
What would be more interesting is why they're NOT buying LiveJournal: they're not buying the site to spam you, screw you, destroy the community, or convert you en massé to their other paid services. They just want to double our efforts and have a part in all types of blogging. "---
*snorts....keeps from doubling over in insane laughter*
---"Will LiveJournal become TypePad or TypePad become LiveJournal?
Nope. We have no plans of forceably merging the two sites and communities into one, either.... that just doesn't make sense."---
How many months before IT DOES start to make sense???
And that's all I have to say about thahhhhhht.