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LJ in financial trouble? [Jan. 6th, 2009|07:55 am]
Ron Newman

A friend this morning called my attention to this Gawker news article: The Russian Bear Slashes a Social Network:

LiveJournal, the San Francisco-based arm of Sup, a Russian Internet startup, has cut about 20 12 of 28 employees — and offered them no severance

The company's product managers and engineers were laid off, leaving only a handful of finance and operations workers — which speaks to a website to be left on life support.

The Gawker article links to this LJ post by the fiancé of one of the laid-off LJ workers.

Since I just sprung for a Permanent Account during last month's sale, I'm quite displeased by this news. If anyone reading this has thoughts about how to archive a very active local LJ community, or how to migrate it to another service, I'm all ears. Someone pointed me at this Mac utility, but I haven't tried it yet.


[User Picture]From: moireach
2009-01-07 01:02 am (UTC)
Apparently the real number is actually about 13, which is moderately better, and they released a press-release talking about longterm plans for LJ. I'm still nervous too, though.

ljbook.com may do what you want, though has been overloaded all day, unsurprisingly. (It works with communities and includes comments.)

I haven't tried http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive/ but I've seen it linked many places.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2009-01-07 01:18 am (UTC)
Some time in the last few hours, the Gawker/ValleyWag article was silently changed to say that LJ cut "12 of 28 employees", when it had formerly said "20 of 28". (I'll update my post.)
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