March 21st, 2008


Striking Out

Since I don't keep up with LiveJournal news (well, unless the server is down), I'm sure I wouldn't have heard of the proposed strike for today if a few of my LJ friends hadn't mentioned it. Based on what I've read, the main reason for it is that LJ is no longer offering Basic accounts to new members. You can either pay or host ads. And yeah, that sucks, but it really seems like it was inevitable. When Web space is theoretically offered to everyone on the Internet for free, it doesn't take an economic wizard to realize that that model can't last indefinitely. Besides, the ads are really pretty easy to ignore. Now, if they were switching over to pop-ups, I could certainly see complaining about it. That's why I abandoned Geocities, after all. Granted, I can't understand how the LJ ads make any money. Most of them appear to be for services on LJ itself, and even the ones from actual sponsors never seem to advertise anything anyone would actually want. But really, that's not something I have to worry about. Ads suck, but it could be a lot worse.

The other issue I have with the whole thing is, even if you do think the changes are something worth protesting, how is not posting or commenting for a day going to demonstrate this? This is especially true for people with paid accounts. If you've already paid for something and then choose not to use the service provided to you, how is that teaching LJ a lesson? Isn't that actually advantageous to them? Refusing to renew your paid account would make more sense, but since everyone's accounts expire at different times, I doubt think LJ would notice a pattern.

Also odd is that, on a few of the entries that I've read regarding the strike, some people recommended using Blogger if you don't like the changes LJ is making. But didn't Blogger start putting ads on free accounts long before LJ did? Or was that just for Blogspot blogs? I know there was one on my blog there, back when I used it. Besides, I used Blogger for a few years, and no one read it. As I've mentioned a few times before, I think the biggest advantage to LJ is that you don't have to remember to check other people's journals periodically, because you can see everyone's new entries on your friends page.

By the way, when I was cleaning out my wallet earlier today, I found that I have a $25 Borders gift card that I'd totally forgotten about. That's a pretty cool discovery, no?

And hey, I've finally caught up on my friends page for the first time since leaving for Disney World! I also cleaned up and vacuumed my bedroom floor. That's cool, but I'm not sure what I should do now. There's a lot of other stuff I could do online, but I don't know that I feel like doing any of it. I sort of want to play The Sims 2, but I'm afraid that I wouldn't be able to stop. I should probably go back to bed, but I probably wouldn't be able to get back up. Why do I wake up so early even on days when I don't have to? I'm sure I'll be ready to sleep again right around when bethje gets up.