The possible demise of Livejournal and what it means to me… January 7, 2009Posted by Sarah in bloggers&blogging, progress.
Tags: dissertation, livejournal, monkey wrench, progress, social media
LiveJournal announced yesterday that they have cut a significant proportion (20%) of their US workforce (marketingvox story) and there has been much hand-wringing of the “where do we go from here?” sort amongst my LiveJournal friends.
For my personal blogging… I like LJ for the security features it provides, and some of what I post there probably would just never get written in any “public” forum if I didn’t have those features. But for my personal blogging, I can live without it. I can connect with friends on Facebook, I can blog here and at my hobby blog and at my kid’s blog and I can turn what has been my media consumption blog / personal website into the personal blog. No big deal for me. (I have archived my five years of LJ postings, though… I would hate to lose all of that.)
The dissertation, on the other hand… 65% of my dissertation participants use LiveJournal. If LJ stops existing, I will have to figure out what to do. Either I go with the three months of observational data that I have already (instead of six) or I will follow those folks to any new services they migrate to. Either way, it will be something to talk to those LJ users about when the time comes for interviews! Yesterday I was in a total panic about it; today I’m a bit more zen. I have the data, so all will not be lost even if the service disappears at the end of the week like some of the doom and gloom folks were predicting yesterday.