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Giant non-fandom friending meme

</a></b></a>livHere's the thing: a lot of people are about ready to leave LJ over the latest shenanigans. But they don't want to make the leap to Dreamwidth because, frankly, there isn't enough going on here. The site is smaller, so there are fewer posts, and fewer cool people to meet. And all their friends are on LJ, which is of course a self-perpetuating situation: if "everybody" is still on LJ, then there's a huge disincentive against moving, which means that everybody continues to be on LJ.

Lots of people have realized that the best way to address this issue is, well, creating content. Some people are organizing collective efforts to create more content. This is a great idea, except for one small problem: the people who are really good at organizing and creating content are mainly fandom. I have nothing at all against fandom, but I'm not really part of it, and I think that a lot of other people who feel similarly are being put off because they see DW as yet another clubhouse for the cool fandom kids.

Join in the fun HERE!

ETA - This post, like all of my posts on LJ with the footer at the bottom, is filtered down from my DW account. Don't want to leave LJ? Then don't. I'm all about freedom of choice. :P~

This entry was originally posted at http://pj.dreamwidth.org/254162.html. Please comment here or there there using your LJ ID or OpenID.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I'm way behind the times - what is dreamwidth and why is everyone jumping ship?
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Dreamwidth is a blogging site started by some people who were original to LJ who wanted a place to post without outside influence such as advertisers as far as content goes.

The unrest at LJ started with the first strikethrough, increased with the second, more with flagging content, some "accidental" journal erasures, advertising, etc.

A big complaint with any new place it how quiet it it, especially compared to a place like LJ. It is big on fandom at DW, but there are non-fandom people there, too, (or people who are there for more than just fandom) so this meme was to draw people in and to connect people already there so more posting and such naturally occurs.
Mar. 17th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm not jumping ship. And admittedly, I began my journey here on LJ due to fandom. Since then, though, I have met so many wonderful people--many of them writers outside of my fandom. The fandom community which dragged me here isn't even active anymore LOL.

I have too many accounts to begin with--I haven't logged into MySpace in ever, although I do like to hop over and see what my friends and family are doing on occasion. I only FB about once a week or so. I don't Twit at all...and my blogspot is in sore need of an update. LOL OH, yeah, I have a Boundless Living account I no longer update either.

Mar. 17th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't completely abandoned ship, but my posts start at DW and filter down from there. I do appreciate how they keep their word (unlike LJ) about supporting free speech and not buckling under pressure from outside parties in regard to content. LJ used to be like that. And I'm not even a poster of questionable content. lol
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not jumping for two reasons - all of my stuff is here from 2004. I'm spread out over two blogs as it is. The LJ is a lot of cross-posted stuff, bt somethings are unique

Two - It's a self-perpetuating situation. Sure *right now* there's no influence from outside advertisers but eventually DW will get big enough to warrant a pay system or advertising - and we know how people feel about paying for stuff on the Internet.

And then they'll sell - because that's ultimately the reason you create communities - to sell to investors to make money. Anyone who tells you different is lying.
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
They've thus far resisted pressure to tailor their posters content based on outside influence. Paypal decided they didn't like some of the content allowed on DW and threatened to not accept payments for them anymore if they continued to allow it so DW said good-bye to Paypal.

I disagree with "they are lying" being assumed. They are not looking for DW to grow as large LJ. The point of creating it was for a place to post the type of content LJ used to allow. If it grows to the size of LJ that may change, who knows.

There is nothing unique on my LJ except birthday wishes. All posts filter down from DW.

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