Fn 11: Social Media, 20 Years Ago (Glitch)

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.

Ars Technica: “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging

Ars Technica: “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging. “Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones fans, it was a minor hiccup at best—most clicked the new link and never looked back. For a certain strata of enthusiasts, however, this was a far more momentous move. Described as ‘the last holdout’ by longtime LiveJournal volunteer-turned-employee Janine Costanzo, Martin’s blog was perhaps the once-blogging-giant’s last bond to the world of great pop culture. So while the author may never finish his most beloved literary series, his simple act of Web hosting logistics truly marks the end of an era.”

Slate: Fandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’s

Slate: Fandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’s. “Like Tumblr is now, in the mid-2000s LiveJournal was a social hub for transformative fandom—communities of people who create and share fan works, from stories about the continuing adventures of Spock and Kirk to artwork depicting romantic relationships between Dragon Age nonplayable characters to the creation of alternate universes in which Severus Snape is a barista instead of a potions professor. However, following a policy change in which LiveJournal mass-deleted without warning a swath of fandom journals, that platform eventually became a ghost town for users seeking that community.”

Mashable: Remembering LiveJournal in all its drama-filled glory

Mashable: Remembering LiveJournal in all its drama-filled glory. “The internet of the mid-aughts seemed softer, somehow. Before Facebook was used by Russian trolls to incite race-based violence, before alt-right goobers created Gab in their own image, and before, well, Twitter became synonymous with Kanye and Trump, there was an entire online world of message boards, Myspace pages, and chat rooms that in retrospect seem impossibly quaint. And shiningly brightly atop it all as the North Star of our heartfelt earnestness was a little thing called LiveJournal.”

Gizmodo: Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying

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.”

Pro-Putin Blog Network on LiveJournal?

Lawrence Alexander looks at what he says is a huge fake account network on LiveJournal that is dedicated to promoting Vladimir Putin. “Since spring 2014, thousands of fake LiveJournal blogs have been mass-posting content promoting a pro-Kremlin stance on world events, attacking Western leaders and praising Russian president Vladimir Putin. Using custom Python code, Lawrence Alexander was able to isolate and analyze these accounts. Delving deeper into the metadata of the supporting Twitter bot network could provide further clues as to their origin.” Fascinating article. But why would you do this on LiveJournal?