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Rumour? I hope so. I seriously hope so.

Om Malik: Six Apart To Buy LiveJournal
Boingboing.net: Sixapart buying LiveJournal
crschmidt: LiveJournal to be Bought out by Six Apart
crschmidt: LiveJournal and SixApart, Take 2


Neither SixApart nor Danga Interactive (the company behind LiveJournal) have commented on the situation to date.


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Jan. 5th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
So what will that mean to the average livejournaller? :-/
Jan. 5th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Quoting crschmidt:
"The way I see it, there are several ways that the LiveJournal project could go, if it is aquired by SixApart:

LiveJournal is left as is. All employees are being retained, so LJ is really just under the protection of a corporate entity. Some things that would get the company in trouble may change slightly: for example, Abuse reports may shift to being employee-answered only (as it should have been for quite a while anyway, in my opinion). Other than that, LJ doesn’t change: the same development practices stay in place (which means that almost all development is done in house, nothing ever gets done in a timely manner, etc.) and the site continues on as it did before.

LiveJournal is taken under Six Apart’s stewardship: Brad, who owns LiveJournal, leaves to pursue more interesting projects, and LJ’s employees eventually move into Six Apart and do whatever they’re best suited for. LJ administration changes, and the development efforts externally move internally. The volunteer community basically dissapears as LJ becomes 6A, and at the user-level, nothing changes. For people closer to the administration, they see changing faces and things like development and support close their doors to outsiders.

LiveJournal and SixApart merge completely, and the Typepad and LJ platform become one. I don’t expect this, and don’t expect that it will be successful if attempted.

SixApart migrates all current LJ users to their Typepad platform. Again, most likely not a successful move, as Typepad is very different in usage than LJ, and is lacking many of the features LJ has.

I’m honestly hoping for option 1: that LiveJournal doesn’t really change, and that this “merger” is just a “handing over legal control to someone else who is there just in case”. However, I expect that it will probably be something nearer to number two, meaning that there will be no more development like what I experienced in my time at LiveJournal. I do not leave much trust to hope on this one, unfortunately."
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
So why are _you_ hoping so?
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Why am I hoping it's a rumour? I'm not entirely sure. Part of me is proud that LiveJournal has come so far since I joined some four and a half years ago. But part of me screams "noooooooooooooooooo" at the idea of LiveJournal becoming a faceless corporation.
Jan. 6th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
Oh, we're HARDLY a faceless corporation. Just about everyone in the company has public blogs (mine: http://www.jayallen.org/) and most have had them for at least three years if not back to the beginnings of Blogger. We're extremely accessible and highly dedicated to giving people the tools they need to do what they want to do on the web.

This acquisition means great things for both Six Apart and Live Journal. The back-end infrastructure of LiveJournal will greatly improve our TypePad service and the structure of our company will allow Brad and the LJ developers to get back to what they love doing (which is getting you new features and better performance).

This means great things for everyone...

-Jay Allen (Product Manager, Movable Type)
Jan. 6th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: Faces!
I got that whole "nice friendly group of people" feel about Six Apart when I used Movable Type for a while a couple of years back...

I wasn't really afraid of Six Apart. I was more afraid of the merge of both groups resulting in a company so big that they had to become corporate, and in doing so, losing their atmosphere. Speaking to people yesterday made me realise that I was jumping to conclusions a little unfoundedly, and I have to admit, I feel kinda bad about posting the same "I hope it's not true" comment on Slashdot, too.

(Out of curiosity, how did you find this post out of all the 9028437534 posts around the web? I added a synfeed of your blog to my friends list - hope you don't mind.. :) )
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Call me obsessive. :-)

Honestly, I have no idea. PubSub perhaps? I usually stroll through the internet searching for any unreported (to us) issues/feature requests/bug reports and seeing if I can help people or set the record straight about certain misunderstood things. Especially in times of uncertainty like this one. No one should be uncertain. That's our job to make sure you guys all get it that we get it. :-)
Jan. 7th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
Now that's quite impressive.
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