So this article on LiveJournal attributes its decline (for it is in decline) to a contentious userbase that hates upgrades.
Question: What upgrades?
I mean, Facebook changes its whole look and API every other week, and everyone bitches and still uses the site. Twitter keeps adding features and annoying its user base, and it’s chugging along. And in the past five years, LiveJournal has….
…well, fuck, what have they added? A “like” button? A “best of LJ,” FetLife-style? Better sharing methods? Anything? Shit, as a daily LJ user, I can’t remember the last feature they added that actually, you know, changed anything for the better. They added a couple of things that broke shit, but as far as anything I can see, LJ’s basically the same platform it was five fucking years ago.
And yes, I understand the concept of technical debt. I’ve had to deal with that on SCG a few times – most notably, a project back in June 2011 that literally involved altering 60% of our database tables and a conversion script that took eight hours to process. But LJ’s been static. Yes, they’ve had the rampant stupidity of filtering content, which drove people away, but I maintain that’s survivable.
The real problem is that WordPress is adding cool new shit you can do daily, Twitter’s more convenient, Facebook has more users, and LiveJournal has…. exactly the same shit it had at its peak. It’s like a fighter who hasn’t bothered to throw a punch in half a decade. It’s dying because of a tragic lack of ambition to be anything more than it is now – or, more accurately, anything more than it was when it was purchased.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.