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Moving day.

So I'm in the process of moving to Dreamwidth.

Why? (Other than "all the cool kids are doing it", of course.)

Because there are all sorts of marvelous features. My favorites are detailed here.

Because, in addition to all its other increasing and well-documented issues, LiveJournal these days accepts crazy homophobic advertisers.

Because interrelation is easy. With the push of a button you can import your whole LJ, including comments, rather than having to start from scratch. LJ users can comment with OpenID on DW entries, and vice versa. You can have DW automatically crosspost to accounts on LJ and any of its various clones - and, if you go back and edit the DW post, it'll edit the others as well.

Because I've been waiting for a service like this one to come along for years.

In 2004, long before the cool kids were talking about leaving LJ, I went looking for an alternative. The one I found was GreatestJournal. In 2007, a traffic influx (thanks to Strikethrough '07) fried GreatestJournal's servers, and some time recently the site disappeared altogether. I didn't get backups.

I have a WordPress blog, but it isn't the same. From communities to flists to comment threads, LJ and its clones are just better at fostering interaction. So I've been watching every alternative (JournalFen, InsaneJournal, DeadJournal, Scriblit, and on and on...), looking for something that has that kind of organization, but with involved founders. Something with a reason for existence beyond "making money" or "not being LJ". Something, in other words, that I trust not to go the way of GJ.

And you know what? I trust Dreamwidth.

All of which is a lead-up to: I have invite codes to hand out! Comment if you want one, and I'll send a PM your way.

(You need a code to get an account. They're doing this to manage their growth, keeping traffic at a level that won't, uh, fry their servers. You see why I like these people?)

Comments

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spacemonkey_699
May. 4th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Yo! I'll take one of them code thingies, if you're offering???!!1 WINK.
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
PM'd!
(Anonymous)
May. 4th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
LJ isn't allowing those advertisers. They work through third party services such as Google Adsense. LJ has no control over what ads are shown.
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
In the comments to the entry I linked, there's some discussion about that.

In particular, LJ controls what third-party services they use.
pgwfolc
May. 4th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Cool. :)

I'm HatMan there, if you want. (Not offended if you don't.)

Incidentally, I thought I'd point out this entry to anyone in need of an account. Also DW_Codesharing. You don't technically need a code to create an account. That's only if you want to create a free account. If you buy a paid account (starting at just $3USD!), you don't need a code at all.
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Sure, why not :D

And thanks for the links!
matilda36
May. 4th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I'll take one if you are offering?

Thank you. Dreamwidth is making me curious.
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
PM'd!

Indulge your curiosity. It's worth it :D
chiave_trust
May. 4th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Sure, I'll give it a go. ^^
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
PM'd!
zimon66
May. 4th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
I'll be doing the OpenID.
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. (Access granted.)
thesh_t
May. 4th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
uhm *does best oliver face* please sir(ma'am, whatev) can I have an invite code?? This whole DW thing is looking quite appealing ESPECIALLY after seeing that ad can a girl get an omgwtf?!
sailorptah
May. 4th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Sent!

And, yeah, one of the lovely things about DW is that it's completely ad-free, and plans to stay that way. (Not that I've ever known a site to live up to that promise - but it means we get at least a few good years.)
greenpixiehair
May. 4th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)

Am I too late? I'm probably too late for a code, right? Oh well. Dreamwidth looks very pretty... though it'll be weird since I only just started on LJ...

ad free? Much love!
missstewart
May. 4th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
If she's out, PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you one.
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hellsings_home
May. 4th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
I'd like one! :D

My, Dreamwidth really sounds so... good.
missstewart
May. 4th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
If she's out, PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you one.
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missstewart
May. 4th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
(You need a code to get an account.)
Or 3$ US.

I was actually planning on paying for one until my OpenID account got a random code two weeks before the end of closed beta.


Same username? I'll subscribe/grant you access there...
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, same username. (For me, at least.) Add away!
kelles
May. 4th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Am I tool late? I'd love one if you have any left. It sounds like what LJ used to be like.
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Am out for the moment, though I've requested more, so they should be on the way. In the meantime, stellar_dust has spares, so either she or I will PM you sooner or later :D

"What LJ used to be like" is exactly how I would describe it. (Only better.)
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draculard
May. 4th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
oh man, that place sounds better than here!

invite me puh-lease :)
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Am out for the moment, though I've requested more, so they should be on the way. In the meantime, stellar_dust has spares, so either she or I will PM you sooner or later :D

Add me when you're on!
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marajsky
May. 4th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
what about facebook?? I'm on there, if you are on friend me: http://www.facebook.com/people/Char-Liesner/640864563

stellar_dust
May. 4th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I also have some spare codes - feel free to send folks to me if you run out. :D
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
I'm out for the moment - have requested more, but no response yet. Can you start at the first uncovered person on this entry and work your way down?

Thanks!
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sherbertglasses
May. 4th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
You are the first person to give me a good list of reasons to move. I'm requesting an invite, plz?
Also, your writer's block icon kicks much ass ;)
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Am out for the moment, though I've requested more, so they should be on the way. In the meantime, stellar_dust has spares, so either she or I will PM you sooner or later :D

And thanks!
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jenliyana
May. 4th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
I actually have an account already, and will friend you. On Dreamwidth, I am mezzo_soprano_ak
^__^
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Awesome!
jeethree
May. 4th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
...now why wouldn't I want to give up my sudden!Russian friends and ads? XD if you don't mind and still have any codes, I'd love to join.
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Am out for the moment, though I've requested more, so they should be on the way. In the meantime, stellar_dust has spares, so either she or I will PM you sooner or later :D

Add me when you're on!
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jmie
May. 4th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I don't need a code, but I'd like a DW friend from LJ. :) That be all right?
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Would be delightful. What's your username?
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ozma914
May. 5th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
I hope you're still planning to cross-post over here. I'm generally happy with LJ and don't plan to go anywhere, although if my flist starts leaving entirely I will, of course, crosspost wherever I need to.
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
I'll still be reading my LJ flist, but I won't be crossposting unless there's some dire need for it. I've been looking for a service that I won't have to not crosspost from for years, after all :)
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newgeneration
May. 5th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Do you have any codes left? I wouldn't mind, if you've got a spare. :)
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Just got a new round. PM'd!
rissaofthesaiya
May. 5th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
I can has code? (Late comment is late, I know.)
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
PM'd!
goblinbee
May. 5th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Do you by chance have any invite codes left?
sailorptah
May. 5th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Sure do. Sent!
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whiterabbit1613
May. 6th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
If you happen to have a code left kicking around, I'd love to get my hands on one. I have to say that I love the fact they are going to be ad-free. I'm interested to see if their business model will work in the long run, without being a 'closed' community...
sailorptah
May. 12th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
They seem to be keeping a careful eye on balancing "how much money do our paid users generate?" with "how much bandwidth for free users can we afford?" Which looks promising.

Sorry about the delay - PM'd!
rosadina
May. 7th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
In case you have any codes left I would love to have one. Totally understand if you don't, thanks so much!
sailorptah
May. 12th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Just got a refill. PM'd!
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