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Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011, 07:25 am
LJ's not dead yet! (It just smells that way)

With both Facebook and the nascent Google+ committing purges of furry names (I haven't been purged on either yet but it's just a matter of time) because it doesn't suit their data mining business plans, will LiveJournal see a resurgence among furries? Also, what are you supposed to do if your family name is Fox (a common surname); do you have to show these data mining scams certified proof of your name or change your name by deed poll before they let you on?

I admit I don't seem to blog much anymore on any platform, except for the occasional tweet. If I have anything big to report, you'll hear it here first (um, after Twitter).

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)

Certainly would be nice to see even greater activity on LJ - there's still no shortage, but yes, some folks have drifted away entirely. Mind you, I suppose that's to be expected, even without the seemingly accelerating trend of folks rushing to board the latest shiny as they debut.

Twitter's fine, but 140 characters is rather poor for conversation of any real substance, let alone the lack of granularity over f-locked entries, a single icon at a time, and no internal tools for simply seeing who you're following and who's following you in return.. it just all feels like such a gigantic hack, and the service quality reflects that. Still, it's not a bad addition to one's online repertoire, and as my esteemed colleague above notes, they, like LJ, don't care who you are. I know who I am, and that's sufficient. ^_^

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)

Home is LJ.   Meanwhile, it would be ridiculous for Google+ to purge anyone because of what their name looked like!  I say:  either require proof of identity before letting anyone sign up, or let it go!!!  Half the names that sound real probably aren't!

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)

Like mine...


And my real name is identical to a blatantly obvious fictional character in one of my other subcultures.

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)

Crimine. I hadn't heard about Google+ doing that. If they purge me, I'll simply drop out. The only reason I'm really on it is we can multi-video chat when we do AD&D and two of us can't attend in person.

Then I'll rejoin with an account for Mr I.P. Freely.

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)

I won't even generate a G+ account because of the real name policy. I'm far better known by this one than my real one.

As for that other site.. Facewhat?

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)

The crazy thing is despite Google's insistence on "real names", they're still letting spammers get in. So what's the point, really? Spammers are free to sell their stuff on Google+ but people I legitimately want to contact have their profiles suspended. So I end up having to talk to them over on Twitter, which I could've done anyway before Google+ came along. So this whole episode has been rather frustrating.

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)

I know myspace dropped like a rock in popularity 3yrs after its birth due to the advent of Facebook and just like Myspace I see eventually Facebook falling to the wayside, especially if they tick people off and the data they get is more irrelevant, targeted advertising doesn't work etc...

I hate facebook and joined google plus to help them debug the program to do what little I can to kick facebook to the curb with a swift kick to the groin where the fanny back holding their dough is kept.

So far to me google plus is a novelty, its for fairly light hearted fare like pictures or a quick thought. I will keep to LJ for matters that actually pertain relevance in life where I feel more confident with expressing myself more candidly.

Fri, Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)

will LiveJournal see a resurgence among furries?

One can hope...