Packbat's Journal - The recent Livejournal redirection unpleasantness
The recent Livejournal redirection unpleasantness|
As a number of people have noted, Livejournal placed into their software for a period of time code which would do two rude things:
1. Alter links to ecommerce sites to forward users to a particular company's URL.
2. Replace affiliate markers on such links with a different affiliate marker.
...and do these things on every link on Livejournal, regardless of context. shatterstripes looked into this from the technical side, and made a series of relevant informative posts, but the implications are clear: they were mining money from everyone on Livejournal without telling anyone that's what they were doing.
I personally like my Dreamwidth+crosspost solution, and have three invitations on hand, but I'm not going to remove all my LJ content. If you are staying on LJ, I will still be paying attention - if you are migrating elsewhere, please let me know so I can find you there.
Tags: geekery, link time: many minutes, memes, psa, read time: a minute
What's Dreamwidth like? How would you compare it with any of the other major blogging sites (e.g. Blogspot, Wordpress, etc.)? I've seen a few people mention LJ's changes in the last few days... and I could probably stand to move to another service anyway and just keep this one to watch friends... damn moneywhoring.
It is another LJ clone, possibly with wider divergence in codebase than the others. As a corporate entity, is supposed to be much less trigger-happy and friendly to its users than Livejournal.
Notably, it supports mirroring archives and crossposting new posts - most of my posts are made on the Dreamwidth page and automatically reposted here. I suspect that is the feature which makes it most attractive to a lot of users; you can switch over without switching over.
That's pretty good of them, the crossposting bit... Might I ask for an invite, if noone else asks for one? No rush or worry if others ask.
Check your Google Mail - should be there.
|Date:||2010/03/27 0221 (UTC)|| |
this kind of thing happens ...
... when you entrust your content to somebody else and don't pay them (and have a contract that requires them) to keep their word ... you should set up your own domain where you would have full control, perhaps ... ^z
|Date:||2010/03/27 1209 (UTC)|| |
Re: this kind of thing happens ...
That would be a future step - I'm not quite ready for the commitment, though...