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*flails in terror and rage*

ACK! Just in case you haven't seen this yet (there's a large section of my f-list that is not friends with the other part): Russian Bear Slashes a Social Network

ETA: Another link - only 13 let go instead of 20.
ETA 2: LJ's Twitter says not to panic and links to another press release. *tries not to*

*tries not to hyperventilate - plans to back up journal as soon as she gets home*

In the interest of keeping you all... if LJ does implode, where would you go?

Poll #1326340 Mass-Exodus?

If LJ is gone for good, I will...

Move to Insane Journal
7(25.9%)
Move to Facebook
3(11.1%)
Move to another blogging site
2(7.4%)
Leave social networking for good - who needs the headaches?
0(0.0%)
*ticky - OMG, will there be ticky anymore!?*
5(18.5%)


Tell me more in comments if I forgot something, or just to wail or gnash your teeth. DDDDDDD:

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burningqueen
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Uh oh. This is pretty freaky.
If LJ were to go away, I think I would just wander aimlessly.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Right now, I'd probably move to Insane Journal, but I don't want to! LJ is so much easier to navigate for me... :(

Really, I'll probably go where most people do.
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xenokattz
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
It's actually 13 people let go not 20, not that it's much better for those 13.

I would migrate with the rest of fandom. My worry is that it'll splinter too much and I'd have to keep my finger in 5 different blogs to keep up with all the fandoms.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Only 13? Will update.

That's my worry, too! I can't keep up with LJ and Facebook at the same time... I can't imagine what I'd do with more. :(((
loisxxlane
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't have any idea where I would go.
D:
Well, if anywhere for that matter..
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'll probably go where the Super-Family goes but that's up in the air...
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babettew54
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I shouldn't be surprised, but sheesh!! Layoffs suck! I have no idea what I'll do... what did I do before LJ?? Nada..!!:D:D
kalalanekent
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
We'll all figure out something. I vote that the whole family, and fandom, decide on one mass move.
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ibonekoen
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
*crosses fingers that LJ sticks around for a long time* IJ is okay and would probably be my first choice, but meh. I'd rather just have LJ :(
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm crossing my fingers hard, too! IJ is only so-so in comparison. :((((
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schnuffichen
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeep!!!

(and, uh... I suppose what's even scarier than the thought of LJ vanishing is the fact that we consider it being scary to begin with...)
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
It's certainly scary to me! *eeps with you*
handyhunter
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know... What other sites have friendslists, userpics, locked posts, cut tags, edit buttons, threading comments?

I don't understand facebook -- I mean, I get, sort of, how it works to keep people in touch with each other, but I don't see how one posts on it -- or maybe the point is that you DON'T?

Edited at 2009-01-06 05:45 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Insane Journal has most of that. But it's like an older version of LJ, the version that existed a few years back.

But yeah, you don't really post long entries to Facebook. It's more "blurbs" and messaging back and forth.
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ancarett
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
NOT facebook. Facebook has nothing of the blogging capabilities of LJ. I'd probably move over to journal_fen though I have an IJ account, too -- in other words, I'd go wherever fandom went.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I thought about adding journal_fen to my poll, but decided it could go under "other blogging". But I agree. Where fandom goes, I go.
kalalanekent
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
And....we just bought me the permaccount. *headdesk*

januaried and I are talking about IJ. If we go, will the rest of the Family follow?
januaried
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
*raises hand*
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starrylites
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Dang...I hope LJ doesn't die. I guess if it did, though...well, I already really kicked off my blogger accounts, but I guess all my graphics would become DA stuff.

I just wish I liked IJ better than I do. And I'm afraid if everyone bombarded IJ we'd crash the servers like the LJ to GJ migration did a few years back.

Edited at 2009-01-06 06:01 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
That worries me, too. I already got an IJ for just such a purpose, but if everyone who doesn't already moves over... I can just imagine.

I'll be going wherever fandom goes -- I don't have a DA, though, because I'm not an artist.
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misseri44
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know what i would do. I had an account in greatestjournal but deleted it, i like LJ too much to move to another blogging site :(
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't want to move either! IJ is only so-so compared to here. But I don't want to lose my friends even more. :(((
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marcyjo
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
THIS IS NOT OKAY
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
NO IT IS NOT
sandoz_iscariot
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Livejournal's Twitter account has a "Do not panic!" message up, so who knows.

I have no idea where I'd go. It's become sort of my "one-stop shopping" place on the net. And I just paid for a permanent account, so RRAARRL.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Seriously! Right after the last permaccount sale... this stinks!

I edited to add the Twitter link. Thanks.
samguthrie1
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Wow...I dunno where I'm gonna go...

Guess I might be a rebel without a page.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know either, yet - wherever fandom goes, most likely. :(((
bananainpyjamas
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Facebook's a definite no. I don't want my real name linked to my fandom activities.

IIRC, InsaneJournal has been having issues, so I doubt it could hold up against a mass fandom migration. So I'm crossing my fingers that LJ sticks around.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
I don't want to mix fandom and RL, either. I would hate to become Facebook only!

Gosh, if IJ is unstable, too, whatever will fandom do? :O
solitary_zero
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Is there any way to actually back-up your journal?
sinanju
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Look for LJArchive and/or LJ-Sec. Both will allow you to hoover up your existing LJ entries. One will allow you to re-upload to another LJ-style site (InsaneJournal, DeadJournal, JournalFen, etc) but doesn't--if I remember right--allow you save comments.

The other doesn't allow for repostingt, but it archives everything--posts, comments, userpics, all of it. So at least you'll have your whole journal (or any community you participate in, if you want to archive it) saved on your PC.
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northern_star
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Noooooooooo!

*sniffles* Nooo! Not when I actually, finally had a good place with good people and... Noooo! this can't happen! :(

I'll.. I'll... I guess I'll follow everyone else. :(

*whimpers*
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I know! It totally sucks. I hope all this panic is for naught, truly... but I want to be safe.

I'll make sure you don't get lost. *hugs*
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dreamers_dh
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
What? I mean...huh?
What?
I haven't heard anything of closing LJ and your entry makes me nervous. Very very nervous. But I think I will go.... whereever everyone else will go. To another Journal or Blog or something like that.
*crosses fingers*
Hopefully everything will stays ok with LJ.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope it's just early panic and everything will be fine, but some of the reports look pretty bad... I'll be moving wherever fandom moves. *sigh*
svgurl
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
This is not good. It makes me very sad. I have an IJ account but it's just not the same. I love LJ ... I hope they stick around. :(
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
No, it is not! And IJ is definitely not the same. I hope they stick around, too. :((
willow_diamond
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
OMG WTF NO
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY.

DDDDD:
jamaillith
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
New press release: here

So they're just outsourcing to Moscow? Eeeeeenteresting.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
God, I hope that is all that's happening. Though I ache for the LJ people who were laid off in SF. :(
fairfax_verde
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Well this is scary. I've been thinking about Facebook, but that would be for more RL things that I keep way separate from my fannish interests. Where else can I keep up with fic, the Cubs, classic movie fanatics, and all my fandoms in one place?
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly! That's what I love about LJ. Facebook is all RL (except for a few close fandom people). I don't want to combine any more than that. Uh uh.
taro_twist
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Eeek, this is so scary! I hadn't seen this at all! I've been on Facebook for a few years, but that's nowhere near as fun or flexible as LJ ... I guess I'd wait to see what journal/blog site everyone else goes to and then follow.

I hope LJ survives. :/
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I hope it's all just a transition, but this seems more dire than the last one to me. I couldn't do the things I do here on Facebook... no way.

*hugs*
bradygirl_12
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, while it's true that LJ could disappear, panics like this have happened before, and I think for now everyone should just back up their journals and then see what happens and not worry too much about it. During the Great Strikethrough many dire things were predicted, and none came to pass.

I'd advise the back-ups, take deep breaths, and hope for the best! :)

And if LJ does go, fandom will find another place. We always do. :)
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I remember getting my backup journals during the Great Strikethrough, but that wasn't financially-related. This scares me much more than the other one...

But I hope you're right, that this is just panic and all will be well. :D

*still nervous*
mark_clark
Jan. 6th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yikes!! I do have Insane Journal so I could go there but I would also see where others may go and go there. Hopefully this doesn't spell the end of LJ.

*crosses fingers*
htbthomas
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
I hope it's not the end. :((( But yeah, it may be IJ, unless all the LJ people who move crash it. :O
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