some links

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 04:21 pm
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Article on Google's possible reasons for creating Android.

Open-source bookmarking service (a la You can also host it on your own server.

Uses for dropbox accounts. (from Sabina)

"Market maturity is also driving toward an increased focus on experiences and design. As markets mature, overall experience becomes more important than new capabilities and features."

It strikes me that blogging platforms have hit this point: design and user experience have become more interesting to people than features. The high emphasis Tumblr places on design is one of the reasons it's become so popular.

On technical debt, and how Dreamwidth is paying it down.

a few random links

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 07:52 pm
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Suggestion to make news-only LJ news comm. If you dislike the current news format at LJ, I guess you could try commenting here to express your opinion. Why Wordpress became more popular than MT.

Dreamwidth + Tumblr?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 11:37 pm
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In the dw_news comments, some suggested that DW make Tumblr a site you could link to with an icon, which IMHO might be a bit hard because Tumblr allows you to use domain names fully for your Tumblr site. IMHO Tumblr is sort of like a hybrid between Twitter and Wordpress, and the way it allows for (free) domain name usage is more on the WP side.

DW could implement a Tumblr import. Probably Tumblr's API can handle this, because you can import Tumblrs to Posterous and

Why DW might want to create more Tumblr integration, some thoughts:

thoughts/speculation/terseness )

Some links:
Requiem for Livejournal

An article about LJ's popularity in Russia

Quote from Anton Nossik: "In Russia, LiveJournal's primary function has shifted from social networking to mass media, so it makes little sense trying to figure out how many people are actively blogging in Russian LJ -- tens or hundreds of thousands. It's the readers that count, and the readership has been growing quite steadily over the last five years."

some links

Monday, September 27th, 2010 09:50 pm
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Via [personal profile] elena: Microsoft to shut down their Windows Live Spaces blogging site, allows users the option of moving to

A User's Guide to Websites, part 1: If it wasn't broken, why fix it?

I was also talking to someone who felt that SUP splitting LJ into Cyrillic (meaning mainly Russian and other languages using the cyrillic script) and non-Cyrillic services (mainly English) as a bad thing for users. However, I don't really agree. It makes sense to split them up, because the Russian-language and English usages of the site are so different, and because certain things which Russian (and other Cyrillic-script using languages) users like, might be disliked by the English language userbase, and we might have had even MORE drama. Also, some of the features for the Russian-speaking userbase are more useful when restricted only to journals which use a common language, such as 'popular posts' and 'top users.' [edited for clarity]

/goes back to reading very long book which they made an anime of. PG 400 w00t. Why do I read so slow in Japanese...

Link smorgasboard

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 12:37 pm
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An interview with the new head of Russian LJ: (in Russian)
[I also found a lot of interesting Russian links about suspensions, deletions, and renames/openID, but I don't speak Russian so I can't contextualize them very well.] Google Wave is dead. is hopping on the "Like" bandwagon. B&N up for sale Kindle 3 arriving soon. Hopefully the prices will drop even lower by next year. With this Amazon has really put one over Borders (which is hawking the $150 Kobo) and Barnes and Noble. Kindle is now the low cost e-ink leader, and wifi Kindle 3 is comparable (and slightly cheaper) to the wifi Nook, and superior to the wifi-less Kobo. But I'm still waiting for the $100 price point. Now you can switch between multiple google accounts. LJ to allow Twitter crossposting? This sounds useful, actually.

Some links

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 01:10 pm
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1. An interview with Matt Haughey, the creator of Metafilter, which, though it started out as a hobby, has enabled him to quit his day job and pay three employees.

The site's revenue model is not based off of membership fees (although now you do have to pay $5 to become a member, but that's more to control membership size), but off of advertisements, mostly in the AskMefi section. Members don't see ads, but people who stumble in via search engine or external links do.

2. In Praise of Online Obscurity

On how socializing doesn't scale.

"Once a group reaches a certain size, each participant starts to feel anonymous again, and the person they’re following — who once seemed proximal, like a friend — now seems larger than life and remote....At a few hundred or a few thousand followers, they’re having fun — but any bigger and it falls apart. Social media stops being social. It’s no longer a bantering process of thinking and living out loud. It becomes old-fashioned broadcasting."
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
After reading the whole Give Me More Friends! Entitlement crise on LJ, it struck me that quite a few people on LJ do seem to believe that permanent account holders are sort of an aristocracy, deserving of special privileges. While paid account members certainly have certain features available to them, for the purposes of suggestions, what counts is the content of the suggestion, not the paid/non-paid status of the suggester; that is probably (IIRC) true for support as well, in that you still receive the same kind of support based on your problem, not based on your paid/non-paid status. Permanent accounts, due to their scarcity, have become a sort of status symbol on LJ, which I think leads to some negative social effects, as well as increased bitterness when LJ does something they don't like. I guess I'm not entirely sympathetic? Because I just think "eh, when you buy a permanent account, you are gambling with that cash. Also, if you have had it for over a certain amount of time, you already got your money's worth."

Oh yeah, if anyone does want an invite code, I have five to give away. I think most of the people I know on LJ who are interested already have one.

Some interesting links (previously posted at my tumblr): (Why open source often has poor usability) (Bollywood in the early eighties?) (Adorable owl)


Saturday, April 11th, 2009 08:24 pm
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Been posting a lot of random links to my Tumblr recently.

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