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Woot!

I missed the first round, but I was able to get a Dreamwidth seed account (Galen) in the second round this morning.

I can has seedling!

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khyle
May. 1st, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Marf? Vas is das?
wolffit
May. 1st, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I did include links there, y'know... ;-)
kumir_k9
May. 1st, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you are excited by it and thus it would be nice to know why without the marketing hype that a web site will give trying to entice you into using it.

What is the draw to it? Why would someone like me or khyle want to look into it?

I think we're looking for the 30 second peer version vs the wordy site version. Beside, we trust your opinion over the sales pitch of a web site we've never heard of.
wolffit
May. 1st, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Way back when - like in 2002 - LiveJournal had a lot fewer users, mostly because getting an account meant being invited by an existing user or spending at least $3 to buy a month's worth of paid time (and your account continued after that). Everyone felt closer and there was a sense of community that is not felt here quite so much anymore.

Over time, LiveJournal changed a lot and employees stopped being employees because they no longer shared the company's vision. Recent, more severe, changes to LiveJournal have also begun to distance its oldest and most dedicated users. They missed the sense of community, the openess of communication, and the happiness they felt in being on LiveJournal. While this had happened to others in the past, sparking the creation of LiveJournal clone sites like JournalFen, DeadJournal, GreatestJournal, and InsaneJournal, they were just clones.

A bit over a year ago, two former LiveJournal employees decided they could do better and determined they were now legally allowed to do so. Thus Dreamwidth began as a concept,with the intent of removing features no one used and upgrading the backend to better software. Fast forward a bit to the closed beta that began earlier this year. The founders were overwhelmed by the response they got for people wanting in. Open beta began last night. Dreamwidth is still using invite codes, mostly to limit growth so they can maintain site performance. There will be 600 seed accounts, essentially forming the seed money to get the site going outside of the funds the founders have put into it. 200 were sold in 30 minutes at 9pm EDT last night, 200 more go on sale at 9am EDT today, and another 200 in two groups of 100 Thursday and Friday next week. They're $200 apiece and they're equivalent to LiveJournal's permanent accounts.

(Stolen from rebelsheart)
khyle
May. 1st, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
So you think I should try to go for one of these seed accounts? I'm just wondering if it'd be good to go to as I have heard rumors that LJ may go dead. I've just used LJ for quite some time, but not adverse to switching elsewhere... I'm personally not a fan of myspace or facebook.
wolffit
May. 1st, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
You can always start with a free account, and go paid/seed later. If you have $200 laying around, feel free to go for a seed account now. Or buy a plane ticket. ;-)
khyle
May. 1st, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* Buy a plane ticket to where though? :P Well there are a few friends I wouldn't mind visiting at some point. Will have to see what I can do vacation day wise as I am not going to AC this year. Airfare is getting a little less expensive.
pathia
May. 1st, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Adding you, I was real inventive with my username *nodnod*
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