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really? i'm so shocked.
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seperis
So--no more basic accounts? Like the dodo, they vanish into the ether, except not hunted to death. I'm not sure what kind of extinction that is. Would we call this the equivalent of a meteorite?

I know, seriously, I should find this freakishly annoying, but mostly, I'm trying to remember this post--circa 2004, 2005? Around the time Livejournal was sold. And someone on news--or somewhere--made this prediction of what else Livejournal would lose over the coming years while like, everyone told him crazy! No way! You're kidding! OMG YOU ARE SO STUPID SHUT UP THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

I seriously want that post. And I want to checkmark it. Then I want to create an account, send a copy to everyone who mocked, and say "HAHAHA!"

As you can see, I am not doing any of that, because that is a lot of effort. And also, well. Again. A lot of effort.

However, this was funny.

ru_news announced it to their userbase before, say, news got around to it. When they got around to it. Which was just a bit ago? Right?

Translated at sf_drama. So far, it seems a legit translation. Let us all ponder the news community no longer being--er, about news.

To entertain ourselves--list out five things Livejournal will never ever change, because my God, they wouldn't! It's part of Livejournal! And we will gleefully check it off as they remove it in the future. Just to see.

I'll start.

1.) Paid Accounts will never have ads!

Go!



2.) Permanent Accounts will never have ads!- scrollgirl
3.) Paid Accounts Will Never Have Ads! No Paid Tier System! - seperis
4.) Permanent Accounts will not have maintenance fees! - wrenlet
5.) Paid Accounts Will Never Have Pay Per Feature! - beanniesheppard
6.) You will never be charged per comment or per post! - chinawolf
7.) Communities will always be free! - elucreh
8.) You will not have to pay for adding new LJ friends! - aurora_84
9.) You will never pay extra to have to join a community! - melodyunity
10.) You will never pay to have your comments mailed directly to you! - melodyunity
11.) LJ won't ever sell your personal data they collected over time to targeted marketing spammers to send you "interesting newsletters". - ratcreature
12.) You will never have to pay to past skip = 500 on your flist, after all, it's not like that happens often -amireal
13.) Pay to use faster servers during peak times! - amireal
14.) Your posts will never disappear under a cut-tag that says "This LiveJournal entry was brought to you by Pepsi"! - lavvyan
15.) Ads will never be in mailed comments! - seperis
16.) Permanent accounts will never lose features! - catmoran
17.) Non-paid accounts will never have limits on the number of posts or comments. - catmoran


2) Permanent Accounts will never have ads. (Actually, I predict this one will change before even Paid Accounts get ads, since paid users at least can THREATEN to take their money elsewhere. Permanent users have already given their money away.)

I was thinking that too. And it's pretty likely, along with!

3.) A two-tiered Paid Account system! Ads minimal and Ads free!

You know, I'm not the slightest bit shocked.

I'm totally not surprised that LJ failed to communicate this transparently to the LJ community. Let's face it, they don't exactly have a stellar track record for keeping their userbase informed of anything - especially not in the last 12 months.

I'm even less surprised that they phased the basic account out. And even less again that the whole community is screaming about it like free accounts are some kind of right. Making the free option ad-supported was something I saw coming the minute they started the sponsored/plus accounts. At the end of the day, LJ is a business and the largest chunk of the userbase are the people who use it for free. Of course they are going to want to find a way to make money from these users.

Honestly, what I think is the funniest thing about it is people who are outraged that SUP might actually want to make money out of the company they own. Like they took it over out of the goodness of their heart. I really have to wonder what planet some of these people live on.

Also, for your list:

LJ sells each feature of a paid account separately...

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You get charged per comment / per post.

Forming communities will always be free!

You won't ever have to pay for adding new LJ friends, nope!

Ok so I have had a LJ for a while and I'm a bit confused. Are they saying that you can only have a LJ now if you pay for it?

No. The new rule is, there is no creation of basic accounts anymore that are ad free. The only options are plus and paid.

However, all current basic accounts are grandfathered in, so there's no change to them as of this posting. (I was reading to find that out, too).

You'll never have to pay extra to join a community!

LJ won't ever sell your personal data they collected over time to targeted marketing spammers to send you "interesting newsletters".

You will never have to pay to past skip = 500 on your flist, after all, it's not like that happens often *WIDE EYED INNOCENT LOOK OF A CORPORATE LIASON WHO JUST JOINED LJ 4 MONTHS AGO*

LJ would never make you pay to use the super-ultra-deluxe-smoking-fast-with-white-walls servers during peek hours that seem to slow the site to a halt.

You want time capsule?

I got time capsule.

Edited at 2008-03-14 02:33 am (UTC)

This is because your awesome is a great and terrible awesome. Awesome.

Your posts will never disappear under a cut-tag that says "This LiveJournal entry was brought to you by Pepsi"!

*g*

Oh, and: You will never have to submit a copy of your birth certificate to verify your age if you want to keep using LJ/create a new account!

Your posts will never disappear under a cut-tag that says "This LiveJournal entry was brought to you by Pepsi"!

That's a scary idea. You have an evil mind. O_O

On one hand, *is highly amused at this post* *g*

Oh the other hand? *is thoroughly depressed* as this, plus recently conversations with my flist, have finally made me realise beaten it into my skull that nothing of the original LJ is sacred. And that, when I consider how much of my time, life and friends is/are on LJ, is soul destroying. And scary.

Edited for typos and so it made actual sense.

Edited at 2008-03-14 10:26 am (UTC)

Great list! And scary. I really need to get the fuck out of dodge.

Permanent accounts will never lose features!

Non-paid accounts will never have limits on the number of posts or comments.