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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: ron_newman
2009-01-13 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks. Was I supposed to get some sort of automatic invitation to permmembers? I never did, and found out about the community only by accident. I even asked on paidmembers whether there was a similar community for perms, and didn't get a response from anyone.

I've been exchanging some comments with the developers of ljdump and ljmigrate (both Python programs), if you're interested in LJ backup solutions for the Linux or Mac environment.

Edited at 2009-01-13 02:02 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cahwyguy
2009-01-13 04:44 am (UTC)
No, there is no automatic notification of permmembers, other than postings in the comment thread. I'm a PC user -- I do have to update my backup after 4 years.

I thought you might find it interesting I had Margalit syndicated here -- I normally read her on my Friends list.
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