This day 20 years ago brad registered domain livejournal.com. It means that today is LiveJournal's birthday!!!
We are happy to announce some presents for you!
Special page with LiveJournal's main milestones
We launched special project " LiveJournal 20 years" where you can see timeline of main milestones of LiveJournal: important events, numbers and facts.
LiveJournal users can find their activity on this timeline too: sign up date, first public post, popular entries and actual statistics. Also everyone can send greetings to Brad Fitzpatrick, creator of the service or show skill in HTML.
You can share cards with results of the timeline in your journals or your social networks.
Discounts in LJ Shop -20%
We offer you 20% discount to all goods in LJ Shop (except tokens) to the end of April.
Hurry up to buy or prolong your Proffesional package with a good deal!
New chapter — new motto
Recently we talked a lot about trends and fashion in text blogs, what is more popular: reporting or storytelling? Posts with lots of pictures or video? Posts about politics, celebrities or cinema?
What is the most interesting, fashionable, popular topic? You can endlessly dispute, but if you stop and think then answer is obvious: life is more interesting! Life is the most valuable what we've got.
We start a new chapter in LiveJournal history and tell:
Well, LiveJournal is 20 years! We greet everyone: authors, readers, colleagues, partners! Be forever with us, dear cosy beloved LiveJournal!
We hope your summer was the best! Our certainly was the best, we did a great job. And we have some good news!
Ban 'Em All!
One of the most common requests to support was about avoiding ban in other journals. If you ban somebody they still could reply to your comments in other journals and communities. Very unpleasant experience. We fixed that.
Now if you ban user he won't be able to comment you anywhere - neither in your journal nor in other journals and communities.
Reminder: fastest way to ban user is a contextualhover menu, which appears when you hover your mouse over userhead or userpic. You can read about it in a FAQ.
Now you can order your photos when posting them.
Select some photos for entry, change their order or discard some selected images. This feature works in old and new editor and also at your album page.
LiveJournal provides unlimited videohosting for active users.
Store your videos in LiveJournal and share with friends. You can read about video in a FAQ.
We're happy to announce Subscriptions and Subscribers service!
Sometimes you want to add somebody as a friend, but you doubt if you want to show them your friends-only entries.
Now you can read them in your friends feed, not affecting privacy.
Subscriptions are journals who you just want to read. Subscribers are journals who are subscribed to you.
You can subscribe to any personal account, except your friends :)
Subscriptions are almost the same as friends. You can manage your subscriptions, select interesting tags, remove subscriptions. Also you will receive notifications if somebody subscribed to you. You can even add subscriptions to friends groups, but they won't be able to see your entries for this group.
Full list of subscribers and subscriptions you could see in profile.
We hope this feature will help you to expand your friends feed make it more interesting.
We are happy to announce that all LiveJournal pages work via HTTPS from now.
Use of encryption protects user cookies and transmitted data. LiveJournal got A+ for HTTPS support by the Qualysys test service.
Preparing for moving to a secure protocol took more than six months, we tried to foresee all possible difficulties and make moving process technologically inconspicuous for users. Images stored on third-party hosts that do not support the HTTPS protocol for security purposes are now loading through secure proxy.
We have some good news! You are now able to import your public Facebook entries to LiveJournal automatically. You can make posts on both platforms at once, increasing your posts' reach and allowing users on both platforms to respond. New posts will be archived and be easily accessible by their publication date in your calendar.
You can set up the import of your public Facebook posts to LiveJournal at the 'extensions' tab of your account settings. You will be able to choose import period and whether to import your new public posts automatically. LiveJournal entries cross-posted to Facebook will not be imported back again. You can edit the privacy level of imported entries and add your own tags to the post.
Your subscribers will not receive notifications about old Facebook posts imported to LiveJournal; however, if you choose to import new posts automatically, your LiveJournal subscribers will receive the usual new post notification.
The "from Facebook" tag is added to all the posts imported from Facebook.
We're excited to announce our new post editor. Some of you might have noticed the link to it at the new post page. It isn't visible to everyone yet, but it soon will be :)
We have changed the whole approach to posts creation. Now, while writing an entry, you immediately see what it will look like after publishing.
Let's take a look!
Select text to edit it, change formatting or insert a link:
Press Enter to start a new paragraph and open media inserting menu. You can add photos from ypur computer or Scrapbook, paste content from social networks, embed video and more:
To mention another user, press @ and start writing their username
All the posts you've started are now saved as drafts, so don't worry about losing them if unpublished — you can finish them up later
To insert a quote, select a paragraph and press the quote icon:
Adjust you post settings:
Should you wish to finish your post using old post editor or insert HTML, feel free to switch to the old editor (all text is saved):
Here's how finished post might look like:
We'll be grateful if you share your opinion on the new post editor with us. #IAmTestingNewPostEditor hashtag is automatically added to every post written in new post editor so that we could view them (if public) and learn what you liked in it or not. The new post editor will soon be available to everyone!
On April 15, 2017, LiveJournal is turning eighteen. In fact, LJ has two birthdays: March 18, 1999 (when Brad Fitzpatrick published his first post) and April 15, 1999 (when he registered livejournal.com domain).
For an Internet project, 18 years is no joke. Today LiveJournal is among the biggest blogging communities in the world. We have collected the most important figures in our Birthday infographics, where active users can get personalised blog statistics to share in their LiveJournal posts or social networks.
And look who is back! Frank, the famous LiveJournal mascot, finally quits chewing wires and starts blogging again! Find out what Frank really looks like and subscribe to his journal.
We have prepared a few presents for our birthday. For example, starting today, you can insert hashtags in your posts - they are automatically added to the entry's tags, like in this post: #lookwhosback. Moreover, if the posts are public, they will appear in search results for the hashtags they contain. Hashtags work both in entries and in comments. More information about tags is available in FAQ.
We are also offering 18% discount on all items in LJ Shop (except LJ tokens). The discount is valid until April 30.
We have many other important updates to bring you this year. Wish us luck! Комментарии
Control of LiveJournal as a blogging platform has been transferred to SUP Media LLC, a legal entity based in the Russian Federation. This decision stems from the urge to become closer to our users, most of whom live in Europe and Russia. Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media. Paid services, however, will still be provided by Live Journal Inc.
Despite the changes, LiveJournal remains an international blogging platform. Specifically, LiveJournal’s policy on user privacy and data security has undergone no major changes.
Starting from April 4th 2017, non-authorized users will see advertisements on all LiveJournal pages.
The accounts system is simplified. Accounts are now differentiated only by their authorization type: - Account (authorization via LiveJournal login and password); - Identity Account (authorization via social networks accounts or OpenID).
LiveJournal users can continue using additional packages of services to expand the potential of their accounts. The “Professional” services package, available in the LiveJournal Shop, is almost identical to the former Paid account package – except that available disk space has been increased to 100 GB. Accounts with the “Permanent” services package (formerly Permanent accounts) now have 1 TB disk space available.
All accounts with additional services packages in effect on April 4th 2017, will be granted extra time for those packages. They will be extended by half of the last paid period.Комментарии
We're pleased to announce the quick comments feature which allows you to comment on your friends' entries directly from the Friends Feed.
To comment on an entry, just type your comment in the box provided and press Enter (this doesn't reload the page, so you can just continue reading your feed from your previous position). HTML, images, videos, and mentioning other LJ users by their usernames are allowed in quick comments. You can also edit or delete the quick comment you left directly from the Friends Feed.
This feature is available in the new design and new Feed only. You can switch to the new design by clicking the link in the upper right page corner, and the Friends Feed is available at http://username.livejournal.com/feed/ (where 'username' is your LiveJournal username). We're looking forward to hearing your feedback!Комментарии
At long last, we're pleased to announce a new feature. Now, in journal and community entries, there's a button you can click to show the author you liked their entry. We aim to make feedback to authors easier and quicker, as users don’t always have time to come up with a long comment, while short ones (like “+1” or ”cool photo”) often make us feel awkward. Yet it’s so important that authors receive feedback from their readers! Pressing the heart button is simple - it's like waving your hand to a friend, saying "Hi there, I read you!", or writing "Great post, thanks". This can often be the motivation for our favorite authors to write more.
We are anxious and excited to hear your opinion about this new feature:) We hope you like it, but don’t hesitate to tell us what you don’t like or inform us of any problems you come across. We truly appreciate your feedback. So click the heart! :)
We have released new LiveJournal app for iOS. It's available for free (for devices on iOS 8 and higher).
This is a totally new mobile app - modern, convenient and of high standard for iOS apps. Explore LJ without even having to log in or register - all you need is download the app. Unique tree-structured comments system allows you to keep track of all important discussions. And it's fast, too! Publishing your posts, downloading feed, crossposting to social networks - in a flash. The data is cached, which means no connection break will prevent you from reading entries and comments once they've been downloaded. And while you're offline, you can write and save drafts and post them once the connection is restored.
We would very much appreciate your feedback!Комментарии
In order to better accommodate mobile device screens, mobile web browsers will now display journals in LiveJournal's default style, Air. This style is optimized for use on mobile devices, whereas most other styles were designed with the intent of being viewed on a computer's web browser with a much larger screen. This change does not affect how your journal will display when viewed on a computer's web browser; your journal will continue to display using your specified style unless a mobile web browser is viewing your journal.
There is an opt-out available for this feature. Free accounts opting-out of using the Air style for mobile devices will still be able to view their own journal in their selected style. Paid & Permanent accounts opting-out of using the Air style for mobile devices will also allow others viewing their journal on mobile devices to see their journal in their selected style. This settings is available on the Display section of the Settings page, and is listed as "Mobile View".
Mass comment deletion
When deleting a comment from a user in your journal or community, you will now have the option to delete all comments from that user in that post, or to delete all comments that user has ever posted in the journal or community. The menu for this will appear when you delete a comment, and the boxes for mass deletion are not selected by default.
We hope you enjoy the changes, and please let us know if you run into any problems!
Today, we've launched an updated version of the site navigation menu! The new menu was designed to be less cluttered, making it easier to get to the pages and features used by most people on a daily basis. The remaining settings and management options, such as the edit profile and manage custom friends groups pages, are now accessible through the Settings page.
We're also putting a heavier emphasis on adaptability. The new menu is designed to function well on a variety of different devices, all of which use vastly different screen sizes and resolutions. This will make the site much easier to use from mobile devices, in particular.
The new site navigation menu also replaces the navigation strip, which previously appeared on the latest entries and friends pages. This helps ensure that site navigation remains the same no matter what page you're viewing.
We hope you enjoy the changes, and please let us know if you run into any bugs or problems with the menu.
Note that the updated menu version is only for the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site. If you are using the older version of the site, the menu changes do not apply.
[Edit] Known issues & updates:
The old version of the friends page (/friends) is not applying friends filters. This will be fixed in an upcoming release.
Hi all, we have a few changes to the site to announce today!
Best Comment & other comment page updates
The new Best Comment feature allows you to pick one comment in your entry and highlight it at the top of the comments section. You can use this to highlight any comment on an entry which you find to be especially interesting, funny, useful, or relevant to the discussion.
To select a comment, just click on the green star icon () in the hover menu for the comment. Once a comment has been selected, it will appear at the top of the comments section with a "Best" icon () and will also appear with this icon in its normal place within the comments section. This feature works in both personal journals and communities, but only the person who posts the entry can select a Best Comment.
Additional changes to the comment page have also been made to update the icon set which appears when hovering over a comment, and the 'link' function has been moved to the timestamp section. Clicking on the date & time of any comment will take you to thread for that comment.
All changes mentioned above only apply to the system commenting scheme; custom comment pages have not been changed.
The Related Entries feature has been updated to permit use of friends only entries. If you post a Friends Only entry and select to include the Related Entries feature, it will display both Friends Only and Public entries. If a Public entry is posted, only Public entries will appear in the module. The Related Entries only shows previews of entries that the viewer has access to see. Please note that Custom security level content will not appear in the module; this is to ensure that the module is consistent for everyone when it is viewed.
Captcha update & bug fixes
We began using a new captcha provider last week (the "prove you are human" tests). Unfortunately, it was causing issues in several cases, most commonly when custom comment pages were being used or when someone attempted to switch to commenting anonymously. These issues should be fixed now, but we encourage anyone still having problems with these to open a support request with as much information on when problems occur as possible.
Hello everyone! Today, we have 2 new features to talk about as well as an update on the Remember LiveJournal promotion.
The Related Entries feature has been added to the site which allows you to include a preview of your other entries at the bottom of any public post you make. The previews will appear to anyone directly viewing the entry, and you can choose to show up to 9 of your most recent entries, entries using the same tag as the one you are posting, or include specific entry URLs you would like to include. This feature can be used in a variety of ways, such as promoting your other entries, allowing others to quickly find things you've written on the same subject in the past, or as an easy way to link to other chapters of your book. For additional information on how to use this feature, check out the FAQ!
Personalized maps for LJ Maps
LJ Maps has been updated to include the ability for you to have your own personal version of the map which displays only your entries which have been added to the map. You can share this map with others as well, and in the near future we'll be adding embedding support so you can include your map in your profile or an entry to easily show others your places on the map! For additional information on how to use this feature, please see the LJ Maps FAQ.
We have partnered with Coinbase to provide instant and secure payment via Bitcoin to our users! Shop with Bitcoin now and, for a limited time, receive FREE userpics or storage space with any Paid account purchase!
How does it work?
1. Go to the LJ Shop, select any Paid account subscription and add one free gift: 70 more userpics OR an additional 10 GB of storage space. Please note, if you add both 70 more userpics and an additional 10GB of storage space to your cart, only the 70 more userpics will be free.
2. Select "Bitcoin" as your payment method, and click "Checkout". Click on the "Pay with Bitcoin" button. From here, you can choose to pay directly from your Bitcoin wallet by using the generated payment address or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone. Or, if you have a Coinbase account, you can log in and send payment directly.
What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital form of currency. Bitcoin can be transferred instantly and securely between any two people in the world.
Why is LiveJournal accepting Bitcoin? We've added Bitcoin as a payment option to offer an instant, secure, and completely anonymous payment method. Bitcoin transactions also offer reduced payment processing costs and eliminate chargebacks (fraudulent payment refunds).
How do I obtain Bitcoin? In order to get Bitcoin you need to create a Bitcoin wallet. You can sign up for a wallet from Coinbase at https://www.coinbase.com/signup.
Do you have LiveJournal friends you'd like to hear from again but who haven't posted for awhile? Do you sometimes feel like your Friends page doesn't have as much content as it could? Well, now you can invite your friends back and get some free paid time added to your account as well!
We are pleased to announce the Remember promotion, which allows currently active LiveJournal users to send an invitation to their friends who haven't been active for awhile. If your friend accepts the invitation, both you and your friend will receive a month of paid time! You can receive up to 6 months paid time if you invite multiple friends, and a special gift will be given to the person who brings the most people back to LiveJournal!
So, how does it work? All you need to do is go to http://www.livejournal.com/remember/ while logged in to your LiveJournal account and enter your friend's username (or you can copy/paste the link and send it to them directly). We'll send them an email with a confirmation code, and once they accept, they just need to post a new entry (at any security level) for you both to receive one month of paid time added to your account!
What are the rules for sending and receiving invitations? The following eligibility restrictions apply:
1) The invited account must have no logins recorded for the past 12 months or longer.
2) You cannot send invitations to your own alternate accounts.
3) Identity accounts (accounts that login via Facebook, Twitter, and so on) can neither send nor receive invitations. Only full LiveJournal accounts can participate.
4) This promotion is currently for non-Cyrillic users only.
We've been hard at work on the appearance of the LiveJournal platform, and today we are happy to present you with a redesigned version of our photo hosting feature. All functionality which was present in the old interface has been preserved, and the appearance has been brought in line with our new video hosting feature.
We have also expanded on mass actions within photo albums: aside from deleting and posting multiple images at once, it is now possible to move multiple images to another album, and to change their privacy settings. Information on the remaining disk space you have available on LiveJournal is also now displayed on all pages of Scrapbook.
We appreciate any feedback, comments and suggestions you have about this feature!Комментарии
Hi all! We've just done another code release to the site and wanted to give you a quick rundown of the changes.
Adaptive site menu
The main site menu has been changed so that it will react to your browser's window size. As your browser window becomes smaller, the menu will as well. This will improve the usability of the site menu for both mobile devices and people using low screen resolutions or small browser windows.
The settings page has a new tab on it which has links to many of the commonly used management options on the site. If you're ever wondering where the link is to manage various features of the site, this will be a great place to look first.
New icons for Update Journal page
We've updated the icons for the Update Journal page. This is a purely cosmetic change, so everything functions as it did before, but the new icons should make it easier to see what that icon is used for.
LJ Movie night
We've created a new community over at lj_movienight where you can watch a movie every week with other people on LiveJournal! Movies will start at a specific time so everyone pushes play at the same time to watch it together and comment about it along the way.
Every week people nominate what they'd like to see, and then a poll is posted to the community to pick the final movie to watch. This week's poll is up here so feel free to vote on which movie you'd like to see!
We're using movies available on the Netflix catalog, for now, to try and ensure as many people as possible can easily watch the movie. So stock up on popcorn, head on over to lj_movienight, and have some fun!Комментарии
We're pleased to announce the launch of video hosting on LiveJournal! (Note: This feature is only visible if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site.)
You can view your video albums by going to [yourusername].livejournal.com/video. When you first get there, you'll see options to both upload a video and to create video albums. Once you've had a chance to add some videos to an album, it will look a bit more like the images under the cut.
You can upload videos directly through the Albums page, and can also upload new videos or embed your existing videos directly to your entries & comments using the Insert Media button as shown in the following image.
Your video albums also have our standard set of privacy options (Public, Friends Only, Private, and Custom), and these privacy options extend to all videos in each album. If a video has a higher privacy level than an entry where it is posted, a placeholder message will be shown instead. The placeholder text will inform the viewer they don't have the necessary access to view the video.
There are currently no limits to the size of videos that can be uploaded other than your account's total storage limit which you can review on the Settings page.
We hope you enjoy the new feature, and please let us know if you have any problems or feedback about the new video hosting!Комментарии
Hello all, we have several exciting things to announce today!
First off, we have a new feature, LJ Maps which lets you see what other people on LiveJournal have to say about the places they have visited.
You can use LJ maps to view photos of the various cities, parks, beaches, historical landmarks, and other attractions around the world and see what other LiveJournal members have written about it.
You can also find more details and get a special V-Gift over at lj_maps, and read more about how to use the map in the LJ Maps FAQ. Go check it out and let us know what you think!
We're very happy to announce the return of the Writer's Block to LiveJournal! Head on over to the LiveJournal homepage to check out the Writer's Block module in the upper right corner -- you can also add it directly onto your Friends feed as a widget! (Note that the homepage module and feed widget will only display if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site. It will not appear in the older version of the site. If you're using the older version of the site, you can follow the writersblock community to see and answer each day's question.)
A quick guide to using the new Writer's Block:
Answering the question of the day will post an entry to your journal at the security level you choose -- you can select from all the normal security options for your post, including your custom groups. If you select the Public security level, you can additionally select whether or not you want to have your answer appear at the reply page for that question. (The reply count shown in the module will count all entries created to answer the question, but only Public answers are shown at the reply page. So if the count shows "10" but only 7 answers appear at the answer page, it's because three of the entries were non-public.)
If you don't want to post an entry in your journal but still want to answer the question, you can do so at the writersblock community -- all questions are cross-posted there and can be commented on just like any other community entry.
Read other users' public answers and comment to find new friends.
You can also suggest your own questions at any time (up to two per day).
If you need more help finding these links in the module, check out this graphic:
The first question will stay up for a few days as we check things over and make sure everything is working smoothly when more people are answering the questions. New questions will then be posted every weekday, starting next Monday.
12 days of ONTD
ohnotheydidnt is hosting 'Twelve Days of ONTD' this year! Each day until Christmas, you can join in the free-for-all posts for a chance to win a LiveJournal paid account. On Christmas Day, ohnotheydidnt is giving away a special gift to one lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment for a chance to win, so let loose and have fun! You can check out all of the Twelve Days of ONTD posts here.