November 7th, 2008

Occasions: Easter

Procrastination station here

From thefridayfive

1. Could you live without your phone for 1 week for $500?

Easily. Where's the money?

2. Whom do you talk to on the phone the most?

My mother. (Yes, my mother who lives less than 15 miles from me).

3. Whom do you no longer talk to on the phone but wish you still did?

Umm. My dear friend A from the States whom died earlier this year.

4. If you could get ahold of one celebrity phone number, whose digits would you want?

I wouldn't want to, thank you. I wouldn't dream of intruding on someone's personal life like this.

5. Do you talk on the phone more or less than you used to?

Far less.
Occasions: Easter

Heads up for people who never log out of LJ - and other news

LJ has implemented its latest new 'feature'.

This one enables people to search for you by your primary email address.

When I logged in this morning I got told about this as a pop-up box and offered three choices:

- Yes
- Yes but hide my username
- No

I don't know if people who don't ever or rarely log out will see it, hence I thought I'd give you the heads up.



And . . . And . . . And . . .

Of course they have also implemented their new 'shiny' *!*!*!*!*! profile page - which I hate and which many, many, many people who beta tested it hated. And endless people said this to LJ, but of course they didn't listen (why ask us for our opinions, LJ, you don't really want them?). People have also asked for an opt-out, make that 'begged', like they did with the older site schemes, i.e. we can keep the old profile page.

With so much that they could do, with so many tweaks they could make (like whatever causes your icons to go hinky at times and weird ones, which aren't yours, pop up) they 'fix' something that isn't broken.

Sorry to those who like the 'new improved' version. I hate it! Oh, and Comms have one too!

If anyone is interested in the fall-out for this, along with LJ's 'explanation' as to why an opt-out isn't possible go here. But settle in for a long read as it's up to 40 pages in comments already. I haven't read them all, but from a quick glance 95%+ are negative. I have seen a couple of positive, a couple of 'okay, but this needs tweaking', but mostly it's negative - and in some cases nastily so (which I don't feel helps anyone). And yet more here and here (this one has over 80 pages of comments). It's like watching a train wreck.



And another 'improvement' they've also tweaked the 'approve membership of your Comm'. And this 'improvement' is to remove the 'approve' from the email they send you. Nice!



And with LJ's wonderful timing they are also announcing their permanent account sale.

Accounts will be sold between 20th and 26th November and will cost $175 (an increase in $25.00 since the last two sales). And $25.00 of the $175 will go to charity.
Occasions: Easter

Follow up on the profile page post

I thought this warranted a new post rather than an ETA.

I don't know how much good it will do (if any) but a new Comm has been set up with the single aim to petition LJ - politely - to either turn off the new profile page or give us that chance to opt out.

It's changeitback and it seems pretty darn organised already.

As I said how much good it will do, I don't know. But given the huge outcry (and I suspect that had LJ not asked and pushed so much for feedback and then blatantly ignored us, the outcry might not be so big) I wouldn't be surprised if suddenly they found a way to make it opt-out.

I commented on the main 'here it is' post in depth and it was driven by gregorykennedy (who pushed it out) saying:

For users that have been with LiveJournal for a long time, it may be hard to understand why we continue to evolve the user interface design.

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