For those of you who don’t obsessively track the internal politics of livejournal: basic accounts have been abolished. From here on in, you have to either buy an account, or have advertising everywhere (existing accounts are excluded)

You know, I’m not sure I can work up much anger. Like it or not, LJ’s just another business now, and SUP have a $30m investment to earn back. I wish they had a way that didn’t involve posts about abortion and homosexuality being plastered with ads telling us we’re all sinners. And I wish they’d had the sense to announce it properly, and to consult their shiny new advisory board. But that’s life – not to mention the internet: being screwed by some people, screwing others in our turn.

I don’t really know why I’m posting this: the people who care about these things are up in arms, the rest are carrying on as usual, and LJ are applying their usual Trappist change management. Et l’aurore se lève encore.

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