Likelihood to Recommend
- The friends list feature aggregates content posted by the users and communities you follow, so you don't have to visit each individual journal.
- The privacy settings are easy to use and understand. Posts can be set as public, friends-only, private, or you can create a custom privacy filter that enables access only by certain users you have approved.
- LiveJournal offers a wide variety of journal styles and customization options, with the most options available to paid subscribers.
- Communities enable users to make online friends and connections who share similar interests. Users may comment on posts and initiate conversations with original authors and other commenters.
- It is difficult to discover new content on LiveJournal unless you know where to look. The search feature needs improvement; for example, searching for a specific term will not produce a comprehensive list of entries, although some will appear. Rather than browsing for new content, it's better to use LiveJournal to follow the blogs of specific users or communities.
- Organizations hoping to use LiveJournal to advertise products or services may be met with resistance from users who see the platform primarily as a tool for informal communication.
- Posts are generally displayed in reverse chronological order. In communities with a large number of users and posts, content can be pushed down so far on the page that it may be overlooked. Someone may post a topic first thing in the morning, only for 25 other people to post to the community over the course of the day. Users must scroll through all of the day's posts in order to reach that first morning topic. Unlike a discussion forum or message board, the posts do not show up as a condensed, easy-to-access list of topics.
Likelihood to Renew
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Because I use LiveJournal for personal purposes, like communicating with friends who share similar interests and hobbies, and because I am not currently a paid subscriber, there is no risk to my continued use. That being said, I feel like increasing numbers of people are leaving LiveJournal for Tumblr and other blogging platforms that offer a larger, more rapidly growing userbase and more effective search function.
LiveJournal is similar to Tumblr in that most of its content is user-generated and informal, but LiveJournal posts tend to feature more text than visuals. Image and video posts are popular on Tumblr thanks in part to its effective tagging system, whereas LiveJournal is primarily used for text-based entries that may or may not feature supporting visuals. LiveJournal also features a tagging system, but it's more difficult to find new content because many users restrict access to their posts so that only approved users ("friends") may read them.LiveJournal does, however, offer more opportunities for interaction than Tumblr. On LiveJournal, users may reply directly to a post's original author, and the author may reply back in the same comment thread, providing an opportunity for conversation. On Tumblr, users may comment on posts, but the original author cannot reply directly to them in that comment thread. He or she would need to send a private message or create an entirely new post to reply to someone who had left a comment.