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14 March 2008 @ 10:30 am
Really, Livejournal?  
No more free accounts?

Because, you know, Facebook and MySpace don't already have journal features that are also free. Not to mention Deadjournal and Open Diary. Xanga.com. Blogger.com.

Livejournal, what magical service are you offering that beats free?

(Livejournal has posted so little information about this that I'm not actually sure what the costs are going to be to make a new journal.) I wish we could go back to handing out user codes, if they must restrict who joins. I remember it was such a pain to start a new journal that there was a lot less 'journal-hopping' and people just stuck with the same ol' account.

So, what do ya'll think? I only read the FAQ, so if they still offer free accounts and I'm just sucking on a big piece of crazy be sure to let me know.

Edit: I am, in fact, crazy. Plus accounts are free, subsidized by ads. My bad. I thought you had to pay for those.
Moon-Mad Eyes - Eyebrows like flakes of sunlightmadnesspassing on March 14th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
they still offer free accounts, but not "free" accounts. only "plus" (free+ads)

i dunno about any of the other journal sites, whether or not they show ads to their customers or not, but i'm not too irritated by our russian overlords. (yet)

Suzik00kaburra on March 14th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I thought Plus accounts had to be paid for in order to upgrade. Since I'm wrong then I guess it's not so bad, since I don't see the ads and therefore don't care if they effect someone else. (I'm a jerk.) I still wish they'd go back to friend codes, though. I just thought those were cool.
Moon-Mad Eyes - Eyebrows like flakes of sunlightmadnesspassing on March 14th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
From your link: New accounts (created after March 12, 2008) may choose between Plus and Paid account levels.

From the Faq: Plus Accounts provide access to LiveJournal's extra features for free, subsidized by advertising appearing on the LiveJournal system pages and the account holder's journal.

Everything else has ads these days, i don't think people would really even notice them on their journals.

I may someday go back to a paid account, but for now i'm sitting on 'basic'

I liked the codes too, but it was almost too easy to get codes.
Suzik00kaburra on March 14th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Guess I didn't read the FAQ carefully enough. I read the bit in my link and skimmed the FAQ, but very light skimming.

I know Facebook and MySpace have ads, but I never even notice the facebook ones. (MySpace's are really obnoxious.) Don't know about the other site, since I haven't used 'em.

I like my Perm account but if I didn't have it I'm not sure I'd still be using LJ. IT seems like so many people are moving off-site; most of my friends never update anymore.
captured: Are you ready?capuu on March 14th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
This is a lot like people complaining about DA ads when they started, but firefox is easily set to block them, along with the myspace and Plus account ads here. This is not painful enough to warrant even a wittle uproar, but O internets.
Suzik00kaburra on March 15th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
But where oh where can I otherwise direct my self-righteous indignation?