Facebook is Ruining LiveJournal, My Life

01/31/2013 12:30 PM |


Hey readers,

As if I have any readers, lol… someday… (jk you know I love you guys that actually read). Anyway, has anybody else been hearing about this new thing where Facebook is totally ripping off LJ? I can’t even believe it, but also I know I shouldn’t be surprised, sigh. I guess the deal is that they’re testing out a new thing where you can say “how you’re feeling,” “what you’re reading,” “what you’re listening to,” all that stuff. No mood themes yet, I think, but close enough.

Of course, they’re totally lying about it. Here’s what they told TechCrunch:

“It’s just a new way for people to visually represent what they’re doing and how they’re feeling through their Facebook posts. It will only be available to small set of people. This isn’t integrated into Graph Search. It’s just a small test to see if people are interested in sharing their actions in a more visual way.”

Uhhh, right. I mean, first of all, no matter what this is I do NOT wanna see what my mom does with emoticons or mood statuses, lmao. It’s weird enough she even has FB to begin with, I’m def not over it. But also, way to come to the game like a decade late, guys! It’s just like, if you wanna rip off the creativity of the LJ community, I get it, but shouldn’t you have done that sooner? Now you just look lame.

Idk, I guess the real thing is that they think it’s not so obvious that they just wanna know what I’m listening to so they can try and make me buy more “alternative” stuff with targeted ads or whatever, like they know EVERYTHING about me. Fuck (I mean, will I even be able to say “fuck” that much longer, or is everything gonna be policed so they can buy and sell it?!), you know, you can’t pigeonhole everybody into categories like “you, you’re Hot Topic,” and “this guy’s definitely Gap.” We’re people, ya know.

Anyway, no thanks, Mark Zuckerberg. I’m staying here, on LJ, where at least I know who my REAL friends are. <3 u guys, h8 everybody else.

Current Mood: Used
Current Music: “Adam’s Song”

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.

One Comment

  • Whoa… I don’t know how i stumbled across this… But goodness was it harsh. Seriously, tantamount to a vice article. And no, thats not at all a compliment. I mean sure the ads can get a little creepy, but i don’t think they would play a significant role in this decision. It would be sensible to believe facebook is considering this feature to please users. Isn’t that why LJ added it? Its what people want. Plain and simple.
    But more importantly, how on earth can this come close to “ruining LJ?” Have you been on the site? Livejournal has a colossal base of tight knit communities whose interests are mind-blowingly obscure. Im talking homoerotic fanfiction about NEWS ANCHORMEN obscure (not gonna judge though lol.) im just not seeing how this facebook feature could come between these strange but strong relationships people have with each other through LJ. Facebook is a tool. Modern day mail. Meant for connecting with others, just like this site and just like LJ. You dont have to click the adds (no matter how eerily relevant they might be) and you definitely dont have to add your mom. Lol. I used facebook for a long time before i even realized it had adds. Thats how easy they are to ignore. And as far as “ripping off LJ?” Really now, what do you expect from a website that is based on another websites concept completely? Or have you completely forgotten Myspace?}