LiveJournal Cuts Workforce, Doomed?
Bad news for 20 employees at LiveJournal, they just got sacked, leaving only 8 left to run the now Russian social network. Vallyewag broke the story, and found this LiveJournal blog that tells of no severance package and a total lack of advance warnings. Ouch. I bet Six Apart is happy it sold the service to SUP in time.
Hopefully the LiveJournal service will not suffer too much because of this, but if I were a user I’d start getting backups. I doubt LiveJournal will go all JournalSpace on us, but still, you never know.
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That is not good to hear! Good thing I resisted the urge to purchase a premium account!
The sad thing is that LJ had one of the best iPhone apps (as far as blogging was concerned). With the company on life support, I would try backing up my stuff if I were them.
What about all the people who paid $190 for a ‘Permanent Account’ – it’s great how they have a permanent account sale last month, prior to this going down…raking money in before they close?
LJ is a big part of it’s users lives – mine included! it’s devastating news….not what we all expected at all.
What is life after Live Journal? The best blogging service on the web :(
There’s no reason to believe that LJ will close down at this point, if SUP is in trouble they might very well sell the service to another operator. We’ll see what happens.
“What is life after LiveJournal?”
I’d keep an eye on the Dreamwidth project for the answer to that question.