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Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

My life in 8 words: Organized chaos, by preference. Exhausting, but never boring

Farewell Livejournal....
citron presse
I went to post this morning, and got hit with the new ToS from Livejournal's Russian Overlords. 

I find that I cannot in clear conscience agree to them.  For one, a quick read of the translated terms tells me that Livejournal no longer pretends to adhere to the concept of Freedom of Speech and privacy as (still) practiced in the USA.  For those of us who occasionally have Opinions of the political (or gender/sex-related) nature, those protections were what made such posts possible.  Under Putin's Russia's laws, those posts would risk more than trolls and flamewars.  And there is no guarantee that 'locking' a post would protect it.

Also worrying is the notice that the available (and kinda shitty)  translation of the User Agreement" is not a legally binding document." The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-ru.bml - and is entirely in Russian. It might be exactly the same context as the translation - and it might not. We're not working on a standard of mutual trust to begin with...

This is the point at which I generally say "get in the damn car and drive in the direction of Away Very Fast." 

Nearly fifteen years of my life's on LJ, and it hurts, but this is one of those "it's not me, it's you" situations.

So if you're reading this at LJ, come join me on Dreamwidth, or at my main blog, or hell, even on Fb, for now.  Because the suricattus account is probably going to go away RSN.

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It definitely was in 2007 and probably even later than this. And it definitely isn't now. It the main blogging site in Russia (that's why SUP bought it) and one quick look at Cyrillic LJ top leaves little doubt about complete dominance of the Russian active users here (just compare it to ours). They still have heaps of huge bloggers with huge followings there (although rapidly declining too) including people famous offline etc. Many of them have huge advertising contracts via LJ and openly charge up to 5K USD for one promotion post. That's exactly what happened to LJ and has been much discussed in Russian media too. International users abandoned it and it became a Russian platform. Many of their top bloggers have been moving too because of the decline in Russian users numbers too. On our international side I am in top 40 of all times (!!) with two digits number of people reading me daily. For the Russian side these numbers are laughable, their top 50 gets tenths of thousands views.

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