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LiveJournal Makes Deep Personnel Cuts

LiveJournal Makes Deep Personnel Cuts

By Doug Caverly January 6, 2009 | 2 Comments

For a short time there, it had started to feel like we were getting away from layoff stories; tales of 20 or 30 percent cuts stopped popping up every day or so.  Unfortunately, LiveJournal seems to have been hit rather hard, now, as a fresh report has about 71 percent of its employees losing their jobs. (Edit: see update.)

Plaxo Launches Social Network Pulse

Plaxo launched today its social network, Pulse. Pulse pulls in what they call "people feed" or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to allow for conversation about the content with your family, friends or co-workers.

LiveJournal Faces Backlash for Account Deletion

LiveJournal faced a user backlash, when it deleted hundreds of communities, as part of its efforts to clean up pedophilia-related discussions.

Apparently, the company’s noble efforts included the removal of many fantasy communities where users share sexually-explicit fictional stories.

“Mortified” Six Apart CEO Makes Apologies
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All right.  I know there are a lot of passionate LiveJournal users out there, and I know censorship is bad.  But in this case, it was also somewhat funny.  LiveJournal claimed it had blocked access to around 500 journals on the basis that they supported pedophilia – turns out, some of them were just discussing Lolita.

LiveJournal Protest Tops Nielsen List

The most popular blog post of 2006 landed on a LiveJournal blog, while missives from Michelle Malkin, Dave Sifry, and CrooksAndLiars.com ranked among the most linked 100 posts for the past year.

Angry Moms Stage “Nurse-In” At SixApart

Popular blogging site LiveJournal.com and parent company Six Apart have attracted the ire of breastfeeding bloggers after images of breastfeeding were banned from the site. After a letter campaign, “lactivist” mothers staged a “nurse-in” at the Six Apart San Francisco headquarters on Monday.

Google Book Search Blog

Google has started a blog for Google Book Search, called “Inside Google Book Search“.

MeshForum 2006 – Anil Dash

Anil Dash from SixApart is speaking about blogs. First quote: “How many of you know what a blog is?”

Six Apart Outage Caused by Stupidity

If you have a TypePad blog, you will definitely know about the denial of service attack on Six Apart’s servers earlier this week, when access to TypePad blogs (as well as other Six Apart services such as LiveJournal) was down for some considerable time.

In The Mood For Blog
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Software created in Amsterdam can track and detect the general mood of the LiveJournal corner of the blogosphere, by assessing the emoticons used by posters in their blog entries.

How Bipolar Is The Internet, Anyway?

The Internet is providing more and more insight into that collective unconscious Jung was always talking about. The most recent reflection of collective mood comes from Amsterdam, where a university project is charting the overall mood of bloggers.

Most Abandoned Blogs Probably Freebies

Among the 10 million blogs tracked by BlogPulse, Intelliseek reports that 31% are active within the last 30 days …

XML on OS X

There aren’t many more computer acronyms more popular than XML. Go to the bookstore and check out the internet section-it’s all XML. What happened to plain old HTML? It’s old hat! Most people are probably wondering, “What can this XML thing do for me?”. Well basically for most of us, it saves us time. Lots of time.