lordandrei: (Default)
It was a kinda crappy January.

Anyone wanna send some love?

My Valentinr - lordandrei
Get your own valentinr
lordandrei: (Default)
I don't mean to sound alarmist... well, okay.. I do mean to sound alarmist.

Today's post on my blog tosocnet will give all the details of why I've started this meme and perhaps why I suggest you consider doing the same.


All comments for this post are screened for privacy
If you actively or even inactively read me on LJ please consider leaving a comment with the following:

1) Your name or nickname you want me to remember you by
2) A Contact email
3) Other social networking sites you use. The best way to leave them is one of two ways:
    3a) A link to your profile page on the site
    3b) In URI format: okcupid://lordandrei
(note: I don't need your LJ profile, obviously)

List as many as you can!
Here are some ideas: LinkedIn, Friendster, Tribe, Facebook, OKCupid, Classmates, Twitter, Orkut (Well, if you're brazillian I guess), Amazon, Netflix



By the way... you may want to archive your LJ's just for safety. Sadly in my case that's over 2600 entries over a little more than 7 years.

To allay panic: I don't think LJ is going to vanish any time in the near future.
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Note: I've been working on this post for over a week. Time and a desire to get this post complete have delayed it)

As many have noticed I've recently added overnight twitter aggregation to my LiveJournal. To give the full detail, I've in fact linked a twitter account, a facebook account, and my LiveJournal.

The twitter aggregation occurs at 3:35 in the morning. (This time is in fact intentional and bonus points to anyone who can tell me why)

This led to two very honest, direct, and excellent questions
Awww...Andrei, why are you twittering? :-(

Can you make a filter and filter me out?
I started to answer in the comment that asked me this, but realised that my answer needed to be far more broad based. (translation, overly verbose with many side topics that wander very far from the question before giving a specific answer)

To avoid the trappings mentioned let me get the following out of the way:
1) Curiosity
2) I'll see what I can do.

So, why use twitter to begin with?
I'll put a cut here, so nobody has to bother with reading something I wrote that actually has substance. )
lordandrei: (Default)
Do you use Twitter? When and How? I guess I should ask your ID if you are on it.

Just curious.
lordandrei: (Bunny Thwump)
The LiveJournal Advisory Board election is underway. It's really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing.

I'm going to make some comments that in an election are probably damned inappropriate. They could seriously affect my chances. But then, what is LiveJournal if not a blog that affords social networking over shared topics of interest.

The voting has really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing. I'm not talking about my electability. I feel competent for the job. I feel there are other candidates just as competent.

What I shouldn't comment on (but will) is the number of strongly supported candidates who really aren't working to add any value to what this position is for.

LiveJournal has become (to some) a rather poor joke. It is the trappings of the depressed teenager who wishes to unload the confusion and (dare I say it? Dare! Dare!) drama of their lives in an exhibitionistic manner to the world at large. Is this untrue? No. Is it the only truth? No.

Sadly, many users are not in this class. If you look at the statistics the bulk of our users (who actually put in a birthdate) are between 20 and 30. Interestingly the number of under 18 users is almost identical to the number of users in their 30s.

So, why does the user base treat this election like a joke? Why is it a game? One could suppose that the company knows the user base as a whole better than the user base wishes to admit. A user base that is comprised of thousands of small independent voices that are too apathetic to care. One that is more interested in the shiny new meme, than caring about the service they play on. People want to go on complaining about frivolities rather than seeing the tool survive and climb to the next level.

The voting has made this clear. Currently [livejournal.com profile] jameth carries 1622 votes. This is over 18% of the votes cast. This is frankly shameful. And I don't think it's shameful because Jameth is making the election into a popularity contest about having fun. There are loads of people that I personally don't think really care about helping the users to have the best voice they can as a whole.

What makes me feel horrible is that in the first 24 hours of voting there have been (by those numbers) just shy of 9,000 votes. Go check that stats page again. That is barely 1% of all the 19 year olds. And it's barely .02% of the active users. Let me spell that number out for you. .02%, not 2%, Point zero-two percent. That means jameth is likely to win because only 2 of every 10000 users cared. To put this in perspective... The US Election gets a better turn out.

I made it very clear in all my posts. Don't just vote. Read what people are hoping to do in the position. Don't just vote. Make it clear to everyone who reads your journal how you feel about having your voice heard on the Advisory Board by the Company. Don't just vote. Make sure everyone who uses LiveJournal votes.

Sure, I want to be that voice for people. But I'm more than happy to see someone like [livejournal.com profile] rm do that as well as her convictions and platform are admirable.

But if we as LiveJournal users let this process be turned into a joke... Then the inevitable laugh is on us. The company will very easily learn that the users really don't need a voice. And then... you can simply accept what happens to the LiveJournal as a service. Because... your voice won't matter.

I don't want to politic. I don't want to slam candidates. (Well, no.. there are one or two I really want to slam. I mean... one person was under 20 and planning to travel to Istanbul from Canada in her 8th month of Pregnancy..... Don't get me started)...

It's not my job to say who is good or bad in the position. It's my job to hear the voice of the end user and act on it. And right now the end users are 'upset' because more people are playing a game than trying to find a good representative.

For the sake of everything you hold dear. When someone puts the reigns to your future in your hands... pick them up and ride the horse.

It's your job to not merely vote, but to get others to vote, and get others to get others to get others to....

To repeat:

My platform is here.

The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.

-------

No snappy pictures, no sexual innuendo. No joking ribbing along with groups I don't participate in.

I'm a LiveJournal user. And I intend to continue to be one.
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Well, this is it.

At 3pm PDT today, the poll will be posted. It will be open for a week.

The poll will be posted in [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en

I ask that everyone consider reading each candidates platform. Carefully. Some are doing this strictly for fun.

I also ask, that if you find someone you support, you not merely vote for them, but ask everyone in your readers list to also pass this along. We need as much of the LiveJournal readership to vote.

This really isn't meant to be a popularity contest. This is meant to get the voice of LiveJournal heard and acted on by the company that runs it.

If you think that I'm the worthy candidate for this. Thank you.

You can find support graphics: here

My platform is here.

The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.
lordandrei: (Default)

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en.




<div style="background-color:#fff; color:#213368; padding:10px; border:1px solid #213368; width:23.31em; height:7.88em; font-size:16px;clear:both;"><img style="float:left; width:6.25em; height:6.25em;"src="http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/74327005/15133486" alt="" /><div style="margin-left:6.88em;"><p style="font-weight:bold; font-size:0.88em;">LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections</p><p style="font-size:0.75em;">I support <lj user="
lordandrei
"> to be my representative on the Advisory Board.</p><p style="font-size:0.75em;">Show your support at <lj user="lj_election_en">.</p></div></div>





LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en.




<div style="background-color:#000; color:#fff; padding:10px; border:1px solid #fff; width:23.31em; height:7.88em; font-size:16px;clear:both;"><img style="float:left; width:6.25em; height:6.25em;"src="http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/74330601/15133486" alt="" /><div style="margin-left:6.88em;"><p style="font-weight:bold; font-size:0.88em;">LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections</p><p style="font-size:0.75em;">I support <lj user="
lordandrei
"> to be my representative on the Advisory Board.</p><p style="font-size:0.75em;">Show your support at <lj user="lj_election_en">.</p></div></div>

lordandrei: (Default)
I want to thank everyone who has commented so far at the LiveJournal Advisory Board Nomination link.

Within nearly 2 hrs. I received over the necessary 100 comments to officially put me on the ballot in 2 weeks.

I do invite you to read the following posts on the Advisory Board:
    The purpose of the Advisory Board: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/2303.html
    The appointed members and the mandate: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/3384.html
but especially-
    The process of the election to the board: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/4233.html

While I will be making web banners to help people spread the word when elections come... I really want this to be an election where you vote for the candidate that will best represent your views on the board to LiveJournal.

In as much, I want to strongly also congratulate [livejournal.com profile] rm who was also approved today. I invite you to read her platform for running.

Because to me this isn't a popularity contest. This is giving the right voice of the users the power to speak to the company that runs, maintains, and develops a tool that a lot of us have grown very attached to using.

In the meantime, please continue to spread the good word. Post in your journals, invite others to post. Educate them about the board, the process, and what we're trying to do.

I will open this post to anyone who has any questions.

Thank you!

Edit: Additional candidates that have been approved and their platforms:
[livejournal.com profile] mrflagg - Nomination link
lordandrei: (Default)
Hello all,

I've been posting about this for quite some time. The nominations for the Advisory Board are posted.

I am looking for the support of you, my readers, the readers of your journal and as many people we can link to from there. But of course, only if you think I'm the candidate to do the job.

My platform and your chance to support me can be found here:
http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/2641.html?mode=reply

I ask that you take a moment, read my post, and post a comment (at the link, not here) of support:
Preferably, "I support this nomination"

And more importantly, I ask you to re-post the link above and a similar message in your journals and encourage your readers to do the same. Regardless of the overlap that you think our readership may have.

Thank you very much for any and all support.

-Andrei
lordandrei: (Default)
Hello readers.

Tomorrow is the nominations for the LiveJournal Advisory Board. I ask that you keep an eye on my journal tomorrow and be willing to post to your journals and ask your readers to do the same.

I think I have a very strong background to represent users well on the board and your support is really what is needed.

As always... (relevant) questions are welcomed.
lordandrei: (Default)
I'm going to keep this one short:

I'm intending to run for the LiveJournal Advisory Board. Nominations open May 5th (Monday)

I'd like your support. If you'd like to support me; here's what you can do.

1) Post in your journal that I'm going to run and request your readers do the same. (Link back here)

2) Read:
-- the post about what this actually means
-- My original statement of intent

3) On May 5th, I will post the link to my nomination; I need at lest 100 different user comments that say, "I support this nomination"

4) Question me, question the process: If you have any questions, concerns, advise, etc... Please feel free to comment here.

I think I am qualfied, motivated, and passionate enough to have a positive effect on LiveJournal and be a fair representative of the different types of users that LJ has.

Thanks

By the way: If anyone would like to help me with graphics or badges for this endeavor.... I would be very appreciative.
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6 Apart and LiVEJOURNAL (I hate the capitalization from the logo) announced new child safe policies and tools for the site.

The full post (and 3800+ and growing comments) can be found in lj_biz

New functionality opens up a big can of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" these factors once again feed into an innate problem of LJ.

opinions, analysis, and so forth... )

P.S.: Yes.. New default icon to distract you from the actual content of this post.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy who forwarded me the link (she believes) from Digg.

This is not on facebook, it's about the nature of the things people use facebook for.

Very interesting research. Article here

And after reading that, I shall go be in the minority and create more trivia questions for obscure television shows.

By the way.. have you run "Compare me?" today?
lordandrei: (Oooh)
So, I've reactivated my Netflix once again-again.

Translation: I found those discs that came in about 3 months ago and sent them back in.

So.. once again I find myeslf asking the all important question....

Are you on Netflix? Can I add you to share recommendations?

If you'd like to link to my Netflix. Just click this link.

That is all.

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