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Livejournal users are fleeing LJ to DW and I keep wanting to write a longer post about the issue and spend time pondering if I want to leave Livejournal or not but in my brain I am 100% PANICKING ABOUT THE TORCHWOOD FANFICTION.

Should I start downloading? Should I use evernote? Should I just save it in word so I can convert to .epub? What about the fic I've already not saved?????? Chasing down fic from my MASSIVE personal rec list is going to take forever!

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There's an effort out there to make a *BRAND NEW!* social media site combining favorite features from sites we’ve used like Tumblr and LiveJournal, and create the best kind of blogging platform we could think of."

Of course, the elements they are focusing on aren't the ones I care about anyway (Where are my spoiler cut-tags, text-focused nesting comment conversations, and tight control over my security settings so I can choose who sees what?) but I actually do with them luck. They are getting an awful lot of hate for a site that doesn't exist! I'm skeptical, but not angry. Meanwhile, the site doesn't exist yet and people are demanding it be a safe space, which is just...impossible, in my opinion?

(It's one of the reasons I like DW/LJ better. Sure, the site isn't a safe space but I have an awful lot of control what goes on in my space that the tumblr reblogging system completely removes.)

Anyway, I'm curious about how they are going to accommodate people who have a hard time with certain visual layouts online, which I think Dreamwidth has worked continuously to improve, and even LJ has ?format=light (or ?format=mine) which has made a huge difference in my ability to enjoy the site and I can handle size-8-green-text-on-yellow backgrounds if I have to.

Anyway, I'm mostly noticing this for posterity. I'm fairly neutral on the topic of a new site, because I doubt it be as good for me as DW, and even if it's better than tumblr I will have to figure out how it works and I'm just a grumbly fan-person.

I'll probably go claim my username as soon as it goes up though. Because REASONS.

ETA: Oh, nope, they don't have a funding plan. I'll...check in later when they do.
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Today’s XKCD is spot-on. The ability to curate and control your own feed should be essential in any social media platform. LJ/DW has a pretty good system in place although some features aren’t exactly well-used. Tumblr has extensions that a lot people use. Twitter doesn’t have a system as far as I can tell, BUT neither does twitter reorganize your feed by some unknown algorithm.

Essentially, Facebook exerts a great amount of control over how you socialize. Which means to me, at least, that it’s a failure of a social media site, isn’t it?

Online communities are so complicated. Interesting, but complicated.

I say, writing this on a small and dying platform. Woot?
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There's a Dreamwidth Circle Meme! A place to meet people!

I never do these because every friend I make online is in direct contrast to my lurker heart, but OFF I GO. TO MEET PEOPLE. BECAUSE DREAMWIDTH IS TOO QUIET.

And also, all my online friends SO FAR are pretty awesome. I like my odds. :D

Dreamwidth Circle Meme
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So, livejournal went down halfway through me drafting a comment over there. THAT was annoying.

I've really come to realize that tumblr isn't going to work for me, and as LJ is dying, I'm willing to stretch my fandom feelers a little more over here on Dreamwidth. I have some worries about this site (perl-based when everyone is going to ruby (apparently), no mobile app, many non-active users, a profit-system hugely dependent on userbase, etc.) but there's nowhere else I'd rather be.

And I adore the commitment to accessability.

I just wish there were more places to meet people? With most of the active communities I see being RPG-based, it's a little harder to say hi to strangers. And the "lastets entires" page is weirdly spammy -- the same three uses putting up context-less pictures, lots of Russian posts 24/7 and some new person with awkwardly-phrased how-to-use-sex-chatting online.

*pokes around some more*
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Last night I met a fairly prominent (read: VERY prominent) comic/geek blogger. At one point she mentioned tumblr and twitter as ways to get in touch with her and I made a disparaging comment about the stilted options of communication on tumblr.

She responded, "Yes, I know, but it's better than twitter."

And I said, "Um, yes, but everything good anyone has ever said to me about tumblr, I have always been able to respond 'Livejournal did it better and Livejournal did it first.'"

She laughed and said, "Yeah, for you and George R. R. Martin."

And I said (deadpan) "Yeah, and we're totally biffles."

I mean, deep down I know that Livejournal will never overcome its reputation among older geeks (I'm looking at you, John Green,) despite the fact that the most active communities I've been browsing off-flist recently are non-geek communities.

And of course, the power of social media rests entirely within the userbase. I mean, I was really passionate about Diaspora but I don't know a single person using it. And my LJ flist is dwindling (I know that's partly my fault. Um, sorry? I have things to write, I just don't have time to organize said things! This post is a mess!).

On a personal level, I'm actually starting to spend more time browsing through the active userbase communities on Dreamwidth because it's becoming a conflict of "go where I am comfortable vs. go where my existing fandom is." And as anyone can tell based on my spotty and horrid use of tumblr, that question seems to be answering itself. Although as someone a little nervous of the role-playing side of, Dreamwidth is kinda...quiet. Oh well.

NEW LIFE MOTTO: Anything Tumblr does good*, Livejournal did better. But Dreamwidth is frankly kicking them both out of the water


*The one long-standing caveat is that tumblr did find a creative and unique way of dealing with trolls by forcing reblogs. I admit, it's clever, but I also find that it limits actual good conversation too much for me. Sorry tumblr-creator-dude. Good idea, but I can't get behind the eventual execution flaws.
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Dear Dreamwidth Communities,

Putting "We are just like community X over on Livejournal!" is NOT A GOOD WAY FOR ME TO KNOW WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS ABOUT.



For something completely different, anyone interested in being a spaghetti wall* for a Torchwood fic? I have vowed to not work on any of my longer stuff until this is nearly complete, so I'm at a standstill here.

It's gen, it takes place pre-series, it stars a minor-ish lady character, and I'm also trying to find a job so I'll probably be rubbish at being consistently in contact.

*listens to crickets chirp*

Or I can just post more rambles about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's FACE. That also works.


*Spaghetti wall = I will throw ideas/snippets/rants at you and see what sticks? I will also gush adoringly at you and thank you a bajillion times. I do not promise to take your advice. I should really try to sell this better.
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I just saw a commercial for the superbowl commercials. Have we reached ridiculous yet?

Oh world. All the hearts.

Rewatched Treasure Planet because Joseph Gordon-Levitt and also Netflix recommendations. I do understand the this movie wasn't quite as epically classic as the most successful Disney films but I LOVE IT. The moon is really a spaceport with crescent gravity! Lady captains! Cyborg pirates!

I'm having such a blast. :)

"Dammit Jim, I'm an astronomer not a doctor!"



Livejournal is still awfully quiet. So much for the "it's the holidays!" theory. Now I'm starting to seriously poke around Dreamwidth. I'm still pretty sure I'll never be a role-player, but the community over there seems huge. Otherwise I'm mostly looking at different types of fandomy things going on. There are some multi-fandom communities with activity...

I also have to do some research on the web video world (long story, details to follow later.) Anyone have any recs for videos designed to be continuous stories besides The Lizzie Bennet diaries?

This is awesome but not an example of the kind of video I'm looking for:

([personal profile] batyatoon, here's the song that I'm trying to convince SM to sing with me at the next housefilk. Because it makes me laugh despite everything.)

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