Livejournal has been around since 1999 but things sure have changed.
The site is now a cluster of outdated posts, difficult to navigate communities and niche interests.
If you are looking for a community blog, Livejournal is an option.
However a little research shows that the main traffic is from Russian with an Alexa ranking for that country of 14! A full 53% of traffic comes from that country.
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Blogging platform in need of a makeover
The site is easy to add posts to, but the knowledge base is sparse at best. There is not a lot of information or direction.
The Terms of Service also say if your account is inactive, they have the right to permanently remove anything you have posted or uploaded.
So make sure you have a copy of anything you want to keep.
Livejournal is in serious need of some front end management.
With all that content and traffic, it could display top stories better and add some much needed navigation tools and update their search capabilities.
Editor’s note: Parts of this information was taken directly from the company’s page
LiveJournal is a community media platform. Each journal entry has its own web page, which includes the comments left by other users.
Each user also has a “User Info” page, which contains a variety of data including contact information, a biography, images (linked from off-site sources) and lists of friends, interests, communities and even schools which the user has attended in the past or is currently attending.
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In addition, each user has a journal page, which shows all of his or her most recent journal entries, along with links to the comment pages.
The most distinctive feature of Live Journal is the “friends list,” which gives the site a strong social aspect in addition to the blog services.
Each user has a friends page, which collects the most recent journal entries of the people on his or her friends list.
LiveJournal also allows “voice posts” to their paid and sponsored users, where one can call into the system and record an entry.