“As has been reported, we had staff cuts at LiveJournal Inc. this week. Early media reports seriously exaggerated the impact of the decision on the continued existence of LiveJournal as a company and misrepresented the scope of the staff cuts. The cuts were part of a restructuring that shifted global design and product development to the LiveJournal office in Moscow.”
— Press release in LiveJournal’s news community
This just reinforces to me that I made the correct decision by leaving, and slurping my data out. LiveJournal is dying slowly. The community aspect has completely gone. The company-user relations are now done by an anonymous user called “theljstaff”, as opposed to real people. It’s becoming about as much of a community as being a customer of BT — they’re turning into a service provider rather than a community.
Dumping LiveJournal and switching to WordPress was possibly one of the best decisions I’ve made regarding my journal/blog. Just as joining LiveJournal back in 2000 was one of the best decisions. This offer still stands if you want help leaving.
The post where I decided to leave LiveJournal, including my reasons why