LiveJournal is OK, but not what it once was
Alex Wittenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated December 04, 2014

LiveJournal is OK, but not what it once was

Score 3 out of 10
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Software Version

Current versions on browser and iPhone

Modules Used

  • All since inception

Overall Satisfaction with LiveJournal

My organization does not have an official use for LiveJournal. I make occasional posts about our activities from my personal account.
  • Excellent phone app
  • Easy to add userpics
  • Easy to generate and alter some settings
  • Reduced palette of layouts for users in recent years, with a baseline layout that is hard for some to read
  • Poor customer support since buyout by SUP
  • Tendency to censure or censor users' blogs without fair hearing
  • No impact on our business
I prefer LiveJournal strictly out of longterm loyalty. Dreamwidth is a similar blogging platform that has fewer customer service issues but that also does not offer an app and has no plans to. If many friends had not migrated to Dreamwidth, I would not be using it, but I don't really love LiveJournal anymore. And I suspect it will abandon the American market at some point as blog sites lose users to Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
As long as I have friends using it, I will use it. But I can't predict how long that will be the case.
It's good for polls and posting images, and for basic blogging. Offers something of a community, unlike Wordpress.

ETA: Their mobile app has crashed. LiveJournal's days of being of use to non-Russian bloggers are at an end.