[personal profile] barrington
Since none of my real life friends on here seem to have picked up on what may be a significant LJ-related thing, I thought I ought to pass it on just in case. The Russian company that bought LiveJournal from Six Apart has laid off a bunch of staff and, in the absence of any kind of official announcement to users, there are fears the site may not continue, certainly in its current form.

The main source for this information seems to be this article on Gawker, a "gossip blog" I'd never heard of, but I found confirmation of the layoffs and some proper journalism (ha!) on CNET. So far there's nothing to suggest the site will be closed, but in the current economic climate, well...people are probably right to be a little paranoid.

Sure, LJ is just a web site, and I've never got too involved in "the LJ community", but it's been a grand way to keep up with my friends list and some of you - like me - have been using it as a public (or friends only) journal for a long time (I joined in November 2001 - hard to believe!).

There's a great tool for backing up your LiveJournal called LJ Archive. Having a backup is never a bad thing, even if this turns out to be nothing to worry about (for us - obviously the employees are screwed).

Sadly LJ Archive seems only to be for Windows; but this post (found via a third party) has some suggestions for local backup under Mac OS X.

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