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Posterous has announced a new API which will let developers create Posterous-powered sites on their own domains, and allow them to add users on those sites.

Documentation here. No idea how this works, but it sounds pretty neat.

Meanwhile, on you can now post comments using Twitter or Facebook:
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There are two features related to LJ that people continually ask for on DW. One is cross site friends-list reading, which is in progress, but will only be IIRC for paid users. The other is importation of communities.

The first I expect to cause some kerfluffling, but in practice, any impact will be probably limited, as there are only a small amount of DW paid users, and quite a few of them may feel no need to use the service; also, the usage of cross site friends-list reading will not really be visible. The second may potentially have a much bigger impact socially, if it is ever implemented (I have no idea whether it can be implemented presently, or to what extent it is planned.

more on the issues of importation )

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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.
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Recently, Buzz introduced a form of reblogging (and it had liking embedded in it from the beginning).

Now has joined in, it seems:

Notably, the like aspect is not embedded in within the post itself, but within the toolbar; this is similar to how it is when you view a tumblr post on its own page (although Tumblr's is much more esthetically pleasing). I think this is better because it doesn't clutter the blog with a function that non-logged out users can't use. I've long been an advocate of the 'liking' feature on various websites (and actually, I wish that this existed as an option on DW).

They're also saying they want to create a wordpress plugin related to this, though I'm not sure how it would work on self-hosted WP.

On LJ archive

Sunday, June 21st, 2009 08:32 pm
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A survey for those who use LJ Archive: I actually really like the LJ Archive program because not only is it a backup program, which in a way allows for a much nicer navigation for seeing your old posts than LJ itself (they show up in a list in the sidebar), but it allows you to full-text search both your entries and comments. Hurray. I also accomplished this by importing my entire journal to (a form of Wordpress MU installation), which allows one to also search both entries and comments. (And also allows others to search your wordpress blog, should you choose to do so).

WP's export is also fairly advanced, and fairly userfriendly. I've never really used the real exporting facility on LJ.

In other news, have beaten all of the modes on Warriors Orochi, and have gotten almost all of the characters unlocked. Thinking of getting Warriors Orochi 2 now.
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I don't use much now, except for as an archive/testing site, because I prefer having my own site on my own domain. However, it is interesting to see what things they've implemented within the site for managing inter-blog interactions.

Tag Surfer: allows you to subscribe to a tag, sitewide.'s implementation of tags I find irritating, because when you click on a tag, you instead get the global tag stream instead of posts on the blog tagged with that tag. However, the idea of a global tag stream is one w/ great potential.

Blog Surfer: This allows you to subscribe to blogs, which appear as an aggregated feed, including private blogs which do not have RSS feeds. So vaguely like an LJ-style friends list, except sans external feeds. I'm not sure, though, how far it can go. There's an option for "posts since last login," though.

Readomattic: Confusingly, this seems to be partially an alternate way of accessing Blog Surfer (or Friend Surfer: they seem to be confused about the terminology). However, you can also view, or subscribe to, categories of top Wordpress posts, tags (confusingly overlapping with Tag Surfer), and twitter. Twitter? I don't really get why I would want to subscribe to Twitter via, but now I can.

Except for the ability to view private blogs, I'm not sure how Readomattic/BlogSurfer is superior to simply using my own RSS reader, except that it's faster. At least if I wanted to view something like the "top business posts" vertical, though, they allow me to block posts from blogs I don't like. I wonder if private blogging on really is that popular. Since the blogs are so invisible, I have no way of knowing.

rambling about, Wordpress, privacy features, and LJ )
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Apologies to all of the people who read me for... well, I have no idea why people read me. I blog about too many different things, so I could never really hack it as a professional blogger. XD

But anyway, I continue to be fascinated by Tumblr and why they are so talked about and why they receive so much money, despite not making any revenue (yes, no revenue). Recently Tumblr introduced the new ridiculous 'Tumblarity' feature. As silly as it is in some ways, it probably WILL encourage people to tumble and to reblog more (you get points also for reblogging others, as well as being reblogged, I think), and it will provide a useful popularity metric (I suppose if someone wants to monetize?) Providing a list of the top Tumblelogs could also aid in discovery. If you're bored on Tumblr you can always, also, go and look at the 'popular' feature to see popular posts on Tumblr.

What struck me was that, now that I'm logged into Tumblr, I notice how a lot of the new amusing link of the day blogs posted on sites like Reddit and Metafilter are Tumblelogs. (It's often not obvious because you can use your own domain name w/ Tumblr). Minor celebrities, people affiliated with certain artistic scenes, often hipster meccas, are also on Tumblr, and have helped publicize it.

so maybe... )
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Recent events have cast a spotlight on LJ's ad practices. As you know, LJ uses Google Adsense and other third-party ad-serving companies to put up ads. It would probably be costly for LJ to run its own advertisement department and directly accept ads from sponsors, as the kind of content which runs on LJ is so various (also, aren't a lot of the heavy traffic comms/LJs paid, and thus not available for running ads anyhow?).

LJ has a page directed at potential advertisers. On the page, they explain that in 2009 "Livejournal is relaunching its brand and service." What this means, I am not sure. Apparently, LJ has "Leading Edge Media & Advertising Models," (uh... really?) and soon there will be additional services for paid subscribers, as well as the "introduction of search and discovery." I wonder what this is? The page stresses the community features of LJ, rather than the individual journals, as well. Probably because "a bunch of people writing about their daily lives and what they had for breakfast" doesn't sound like something you can sell ads for easily.

Under "Media and Advertising Opportunities," LJ has listed "Display – Flash, Rich Media, IAB Standard, Email inserts." What does Rich Media mean? Ads that make noise? Or do they mean hosting the advertiser's site, and allowing them to host pictures or videos/audio? I wonder if the sponsored communities etc worked very well at all?

I also don't see why they don't use more unobstrusive advertising like On the other hand, maybe that's because can afford it, as they make a lot of money off of consulting and hosting major enterprise blogs. Also their prices are a lot higher than LJ's for individual add ons: see here. Interesting to see that now does allow an unlimited number of people to access your private blog, albeit for $30 a year. Getting rid of ads is $30 a year.

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