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I was working on a post explaining why I think Dreamwidth is worth getting excited about, but it's turning into a long rant about what sucks about LiveJournal (their code is awful, slow, and lacking key functionality--and management went from being completely amateur to completely indifferent about the good of the users... in a nutshell). I may or may not actually finish that post.

But in the meantime, I'm kind of excited about Dreamwidth...

It's a fork of the LiveJournal codebase that seems fundamentally different from LJ itself and all the LJ-alikes that have come before in that:

  • They took the time to get a business plan and some serious coding done before launching
  • They know how to launch a site, with stages of beta testing to ease the system into place
  • Where LiveJournal's feature improvements seem to have stalled at snap.com previews that give my ad-blocker one more thing to filter out, Dreamwidth's improvements include things like splitting "friending" someone into the separate operations of subscribing to read them and granting them access to your locked posts, and writing a style system that actually works and supports flexible CSS layouts
  • They seem to actually have (wait for it) a business plan! No, really. Like, a long-term strategy for how to balance the numbers of paid accounts with free accounts and not have to spam the users with ads to make ends meet.
  • There seems to be a starting assumption that freedom of expression matters, which is a refreshing change. I wasn't caught in LJ's "Strikethrough 2007", but using the dragnet of keyword-matching to mass-delete all accounts that list Lolita as an interest (to pick an example) is abusive and shows a fundamental disregard for the best interest of the users. The fact that those who opposed the move were met with a wall of "Oh, it's just the Harry Potter pedophiles whining because big bad LJ took their kiddy-porn away" didn't exactly help with earning respect or trust.

Anyway, thanks to my lovely and awesome wife, I got an invite code and now have a Dreamwidth account of my own. Same username as here. There's already an option to cross-post to LJ from DW, and I think I heard that you can add LJ journals to your DW reading list too. If all of that is true, I won't need to be haranguing my LJ f-list to switch. Of course, if Dreamwidth comes anywhere near living up to the potential it seems to be showing, you want to get in on it.

Date: 2009-04-21 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] scruloose.livejournal.com
Yeah, I have no interest in Twitter/MySpace/Blogger and I flatly refuse to get Facebook. Livejournal offers something that's basically different from all of them... it's not just blogging, but it's not quite a social networking site. "Social Blogging"? And none of the previous LJ-alikes have inspired any confidence... (Oh, look, it's like LJ, but run by people with less business sense than whoever owns LJ this year and no idea how the code works! yay!)

I think that the thing that has me excited about Dreamwidth (jaded though I am) is that it seems poised to be "Livejournal done right". And I gotta say, it would be about damn time, too.

Oh, and two points for if you're interested in checking DW out: You can sign in using OpenID (It's super-easy and doesn't involve giving them your LJ password), which allows you to subscribe and read people, comment, and use most of the site, but not post entries. Also, open beta starts on May 1st... and there's a rumour that all openID accounts on DW will get an invite code at that point.

Date: 2009-05-07 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] haruhiko.livejournal.com
I had to re-activate my "deleted" Facebook page (because FB never actually deletes shit, they just "hold" it in limbo) for my last job (part of it involved FB promotion), and one of the reasons I'm glad I'm at a different job now is that I can "delete" my FB page again. I hate FB so much.

Twitter I don't mind as much because the only thing I find interesting about FB is the "Wall," and Twitter is really just the "Wall" without anything else.

But yeah, thanks for all the info on Dreamwidth. I just added you as well as Ysa. :D

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