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Ah-hahahaha! It returns! My long-beloved shanty-town blogging system which has never been truly surpassed or properly improved upon by any of these johnny-come-latelies (although I am fond of you, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, G+, Flickr). I see Warren Ellis has declared this area officially condemned and will be stalking off at the end of the week. Not I. In the words of Andréa Ferreol in La Grande Bouffe; Je reste.

Partly it's that nothing else has ever really been as congenial (though G+ has engaging enough social elements that wrapping it around their blogging platform should do the trick) but partly it's this; Livejournal has never stopped being a frontier town.

Even now, in its dotage, it's still a place of ruckus and riot. Malware, bot and cyber-attack developers dance through Livejournal, their favourite sandbox, locked in scrappy conflict with archaeological layers of baroque improvements and their angry eldster developers. Vast, incomprehensible political crises sweep over-head leaving puzzling pronouncements and gaps in service. Random grudgers slip knives of angry code into ancient ribs. Spam-bombs drop daily and each morning is marked by sweeping the comment-splatter from broken captchas.

A few of my more popular posts are on a comment-spam testing list, so I always get to see what flavour of bollocks the spamsters are peddling; and the last one I saw before the DDOS curtain came down was selling Facebook friends, at $0.10 per 100. Viagra is tapped out. Cialis is gone. The future is social, as a million million marketing seminars around the world will tell you, and tell you, and tell you, as they staggeringly miss the point, yet again.

The social web is under attack from those who are fundamentally misunderstanding the advantages to be gained from enhanced sociability; and Livejournal is still, after all these years, right on the frontier. Big enough to be a challenge, but small enough to tackle. Shaky enough to be vulnerable, but with enough invested presence to fight rather than fold. Old enough that there's always a crack to slide through yet fat with passionate protectors and champions ready to do your error-testing for you. Pretty much perfect, in fact.

Livejournal, the Elvis of of blogging platforms, I salute you. May you die on a toilet doing what you love.


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29th Jul, 2011 10:38 (UTC)
Elvis of of blogging platforms
Even though I am a heretical Dreamwidth convert, I love this post with the force of a burning sun!
30th Jul, 2011 07:39 (UTC)
Re: Elvis of of blogging platforms
Ah Dreamwidth -- I keep a little pied-à-terre there but could never really keep it up in the condition it deserved
29th Jul, 2011 11:37 (UTC)
I always feel guilty about being so addicted, but guilty is my default setting anyway,as a good cradle Catholic.
Welcome back dear LJ, long may you creak.
30th Jul, 2011 07:41 (UTC)
not that that will help with the guilt
I think addiction to social contact is simply party of the human condition
29th Jul, 2011 11:39 (UTC)
+1 to this. Er I mean I like this post muchly. I too feel like LJ fits what I want (for most things) better than anything else. Made clearer by having a go with G+, which I like a lot in a different way, but which wouldn't make me move from LJ, though in some ways it is the closest comparison I can make.
30th Jul, 2011 07:41 (UTC)
29th Jul, 2011 12:54 (UTC)
The Elvis of blogging platforms! *sticks Jailhouse Rock on and dances with a wooden chair*
30th Jul, 2011 07:43 (UTC)
dons rhinestones and hairwax
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30th Jul, 2011 07:44 (UTC)
Re: ha ha ha!
OK, a small adjustment and it is unlocked. Share away.
1st Aug, 2011 09:28 (UTC)
Re: ha ha ha!
I want to share it too! and I see that I can now. This is such an excellent post.
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30th Jul, 2011 07:45 (UTC)
I declaim!
It is simply still the best
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