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I Miss Livejournal

I just happened to come here yesterday and check my Add/Remove Friends page, and noticed that my friends Chris (chris462) and Alex (dododopoetry) have both deleted their accounts. Between that, Joe (bjbass) and other AMRDEC friends being unable to reach it anymore, and the general fact that everybody else seems to have abandoned it for Facebook/Twitter/Dreamwidth/Tumblr/Blogspot, Livejournal's emptiness has made me incredibly sad. So I've come here to complain, wax nostalgic, and otherwise speak directly into the void.

(Edward Hopper, "Sun in an Empty Room")

LJ used to be the first site I checked when I opened a web browser, and left open and refreshed periodically all day to keep up with what was new. I opened my journal in 2003, when it was still invitation-only, and Roscoe (dontsayroscoe) sent me my invite. Having 20-30 friends here was about the perfect amount, and the format is conducive to actually saying something more than 140 characters long.

I jumped on the MySpace bandwagon back when it was getting popular. I never really enjoyed it there. I had quit checking it years before I deleted my account there.

And of course I'm on Facebook, as that's basically your Official Internet ID now. But I find that Facebook just became too big for me. I'll stay there, because I need to keep up with certain people and that's where they live. But between my parents, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, childhood friends, family friends, high school teachers, and ex-girlfriends, it's like a bad dream where it's my birthday and someone invited everyone I thought I would never see again, where worlds collide that just shouldn't.

And Twitter is "fun", but it's just not a viable way to update people on what's happening in your life. It's conducive to random observations, repeating funny jokes, having strained arguments, and updating people that you've updated your blog, or cross-posting the same sort of content from your Facebook status. I guess I could use Twitter to notify people when I have a new Livejournal entry, but since it's usually Friends-Only, what would be the point?

I dream of content depth, where people say more than the fact that they like the new Old Spice commercial, or that they're now a fan of Martha Stewart. Tell me why you like it. Tell me the story of how you started becoming interested in Martha Stewart. If it's not an interesting story, then I guess it really doesn't matter. But it also doesn't matter to me that you like it. If there's nothing more to people than an ever-growing laundry-list of opinions and preferences, for which the reasons are unknown or don't matter, humanity is shallower than I ever imagined. I don't feel any special bond when I find out somebody else likes Cursive. Of course they do. Lots of people do. Why should I freak out over this fact? Or even care?

I get real conversation in real life. When I talk to people at get-togethers, I find out more than who and what; I find out why and how. But just because we're on computers, that doesn't mean we can't have those same types of interactions. The negligent percentage of my Facebook friends who use Notes betrays the nature of the interactions they desire online.

Anyway, I'm done reminiscing and whining. I'm going to write more of what's happening in my life here, and if nobody reads it, that will be just fine. Maybe I will inspire others to write again. Or maybe I won't. But at least I'll have my outlet back.


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Jul. 13th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I do read your journal, and occasionally post in mine. I'm sort terrible at commenting, mostly because I'm not sure if my thoughts are interesting....

I kinda hate Facebook, but as you say, it's sort of a necessary evil at this point.

ETA: Uh. What's Notes? I didn't even know this existed. Facebook is just *not* user friendly, IMO.

Edited at 2010-07-13 04:57 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Notes is a Facebook Application (built-in) that is basically a really simple plaintext blogging platform. I think you can put pictures, but no markup as far as I know.

And yeah, I do notice you still post sometimes. But aren't you moving to DW in the near future? Or are you going to cross-post?

Edited at 2010-07-13 05:19 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'll read it! Whenever I can get to LJ. I do miss it during the day.

Sometimes at work I'll think of something and email it home so I can post it later. But it loses something. I should have had some fun at the expense of the lady who claimed I hit her bumper with my door, but it's just not the same.
Jul. 14th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
This has to be the longest they've blocked it. I'm getting lucky and spoiled right now. They blocked a LOT of sites (including FB and Twitter, but not LJ) when I first got to this job, but one day the filters went down. Now they've been down for almost two months. When they put them back, it's going to be painful.
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I still read livejournal, even though hardly anyone posts anymore (including myself!) I always think "oh, I'll post that in livejournal later" but then I never get around to it. I should make more of an effort, but then again I wonder who all still reads livejournal. It seems that a lot of our college friends are still on here, even if they don't post regularly.
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