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[personal profile] charmian
http://news.livejournal.com/134313.html

So, LJ has added some games, which actually seem to be minimally disruptive, and so far, rather of little interest, judging from the number of people who are playing. Most news commenters seem to be decrying the games, but I think this is an overreaction, given that they probably will not impact people who aren't playing. I wonder if LJ directly got any money for this deal, or they're going to take a cut of revenue?

There is the endless discussion over whether LJ is emulating FB, but I suppose the alternative is emulating Wordpress.com, which probably wouldn't work because a lot of their business is enterprise sites paying enterprise fees. (They could emulate Tumblr or Posterous as well, but currently those two sites are running off their funding, and anyway, both of those sites also have blogs owned by businesses or people using them for professional purposes) Ning perhaps is like the communities feature, but Ning is currently on an all-pay model. (Which seems to be working for them, to some extent) BTW, Sabina unearthed an interesting graph as well: Tumblr.com vs. LJ.com vs. farmville.com. To a great extent I think Tumblr is the new LJ, stripped of the privacy aspects (privacy has gone to locked Twitter and FB.com))

In probably more significant news, LJ now has added an "owner" status to communities, meaning that now there will be an end to the problem of maintainer usurpation. This, IMHO, is a pretty good feature, and perhaps one which Dreamwidth should code also, if it's not part of the free code.

Date: 2011-02-05 02:08 am (UTC)
luscious_purple: Star Wars Against Hate (Default)
From: [personal profile] luscious_purple
Interesting ... I didn't realize how big Tumblr.com is growing. I guess I'd better check it out. Is that something I should sign up for under the username "luscious_purple," or my SCA name, or my real name?

Date: 2011-02-05 02:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
I'd think revenue cuts on in game purchases would be the best model for the partnership to pursue--that way, LiveJournal is motivated to make the games as successful as possible, and the game people will be more patient in building up a userbase rather than needing to get enough revenue to cover the licensing fees.

Although, honestly, I'm not sure how long the partnership will last if they can't get more than a few thousand users. I wonder if it's split up between the Anglophone and Cyrillic alphabets, though? After all, i-Jet is a Russian company, so maybe the main focus is to get Cyrillic users on the games, and any Anglophone users that end up playing them will just be gravy on top, but not the main motivation.

Date: 2011-02-05 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] feathertail
They could emulate Tumblr or Posterous as well, but currently those two sites are running off their funding

Tumblr and Posterous are the big blogging sites I keep wondering why DW isn't more like (mainly in terms of simplicity). But that is a really good point. >.> I'll take a sustainable site over that any day.

Date: 2011-02-05 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] feathertail
Good points. I do think DW needs to become more simple and have more streamlined UX ... I'm wondering if native clients aren't the best way to do that, though.

Date: 2011-02-05 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] feathertail
Hmm, maybe you should try making suggestions about exactly what improvements you want to see in the UX? What exactly needs to become more simple?

I'm honestly not sure. I'd have to spend some time thinking about it and/or creating mockups. I'm not sure it'd be worth the effort, since they don't seem to be making much effort in that direction right now and since I'm not good at graphic design. I guess I was thinking of a native client since that's something I'd like to do (and have).

Date: 2011-02-05 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] feathertail
I think it'd be easier to start over from scratch with designing an interface for Dreamwidth's features -- or some limited set of them -- than to redesign the existing web interface in a way that both covered all the existing features and pleased the user base. At least, I think it'd be easier for me.

Date: 2011-02-05 10:14 am (UTC)
sophie: A cartoon-like representation of a girl standing on a hill, with brown hair, blue eyes, a flowery top, and blue skirt. ☀ (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophie
I find this discussion amusing, because what a lot of people don't know is that waaaaay back when LJ wasn't even called "LiveJournal", it didn't originally *have* a Web interface for updating - it was view-only. Brad used a self-made client to update his journal online. The Web interface came later, after other people had started using his client too.

Date: 2011-02-05 07:37 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
The owner thing makes me so very happy.

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