Glitch: Fn 11: Social Media, 20 Years Ago. “Anil [Dash] sits down with some of the pioneers of the social web — Bruce Ableson (founder of Open Diary), Lisa Phillips (former senior system administrator at LiveJournal), and Andrew Smales (founder of Diaryland) — for an oral history about social media 20 years ago. What was the Web like in 1999? How did these websites begin, and what did the media think about them? How have the features of these networks influenced the Web that we know today, and can we get that old feeling back of the early social web?” Podcast with transcript.
Gizmodo: Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying. “LiveJournal, a blog community that’s hosted a lot of science fiction authors and fans (including George RR Martin), has officially banned ‘political solicitation’ — which can mean anything that criticizes the Russian government, as well as pro-LGBTQ discussions. There are also concerns users can be subject to Russian spying.”
MetaFilter: “LiveJournal represents social media without borders.” “As of a few days ago, the IP addresses for blogging service LiveJournal have moved to 81.19.74.*, a block that lookup services locate in Moscow, Russia. Now users — especially those who do not trust the Russian government — are leaving the platform and advising others to leave.”