What’s Russian for “emo”?
Per Bill and MeFi: Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal: Russia
Uh, wow. I haven’t really looked into the links and stories to see what the majority LJ’er reaction is, but it seems that the “In Soviet Russia, Blog Writes You” jokes simply can’t be used enough over this news.
In other odd news, some recent searches that somehow led people to entries on my blog made me grin:
- does it make me gay to suck my firend
- crotch rot wiki
- garlic before bed
- harry’s afro hut
- get hammered and screwed
- gratuity snob
Another perspective on the place of the blogosphere in Web 2.0:
…my point is, if you’re one of these people considering giving up on blogging in exchange for paying more attention to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, or whatever they throw at us mere mortals, bear in mind you are giving up on something rather unique and wonderful.— gapingvoid: Blogging is Dead? According to Whom?
Right on, Hugh! Anyone else feel like Facebook is becoming an amalgam of MySpace and old school AOL? My dearest [virtual] “friends”… I do care which blogs you read, what music you listen to and what photos you post of yourself or your daily travels. I do not, however, care about whether you’re hot or not, joining your vampire/werewolf/zombie army, getting free/virtual gifts or earning new and imaginative ways to poke you (which has disturbing connotations as it is). I’ve cleaned house of many of the “applications” I added because they ended up wasting more time dealing with invites and responses than the point of Facebook, in my opinion, which was a more fun & casual version of LinkedIn.
As it stands, I will continue to encourage people escape the bonds of LiveJournal, get past worrying about who is and isn’t commenting on their entries, and finding other means of maintaining a blog. It’s going to Russia, y’all! Get out now while you still can! 😆
Re: Facebook. Even more disturbing is that after several incidents, I decided to close my facebook account and be done with them. I could not close it, I could only deactivate it. And, if I ever log in again, it will reactivate, just as if I never left.
Neal (LJ Kudzu) and I were just discussing this craptastic thing called Facebook. I didn’t know it was so, um, juvenile – for lack of a better word. Every five seconds I’m getting sent a virtual beer, or a virtual hug, or a vampire battle or some other such crap.
It’s even more invasive than MySpace and that’s saying a lot.
A little disturbed by Krista’s comment above in that you can never delete your account; only deactivate it. Gah.
@Krista: That’s really pretty scary and a throwback from the early days of social networking where they’ll “deactivate” your account, but just hold it for you in case you ever come back. However with networks like Facebook, I could understand it since the assumption is that no one else would pretend to be you. (so they hope)
@Bill: It’s gone from being the virtual “face” book to a little online playground full of lots of time-wasters and sure… collaborative games, but I compare it to AOL because that’s the experience they wanted to create. The whole internet on their site, you’d never have to go anywhere else. Soon people will start creating apps to have e-mail forwarded to Facebook and people will never ever have to leave.