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Okay, so as a paid member, I don't have to put up with this often, but I am really not happy with this Livejournal with Ads option.

Ok, so I have always hated deadjournal. For the most part it's just because I get really irritated with all the emo goth-kids in the suburbs whining about their oh-so-tragic lives. But they also have ads on the top of their journals which cause a lot of problems, from what I understand. It reacts badly with pop-up blockers, it invites spyware, and it's just an all around irritation.

Thankfully, as a paid member I don't ever have to see them (unless for some reason I don't log in), but I'm pretty sure this is going to cause some problems that will eventually bug me up too.

In fact, my el jay is already having some problems at the moment. Every time the draft autosaves, the entry box gets bigger. Every time I scroll through moods or icons, it expands further. When I try to go back and re-read and edit, it takes a lot of scrolling back and forth and is really pissing me off. This started happening with the advent of this lovely little ad-whore function.

For some reason, I'm having problems understanding why this is offered in the first place. For some reason I'm having difficulties believing that livejournal is having problems generating revenue. Ads and popups to me just scream "skeezy website." It looks trashy. Especially since they take the ad themes from your interests. Now, I know a couple of people who like porn, or at least enjoy writing porn. I love reading me some fandom porn, but even I don't want to see those ads. Although, as long as I'm logged in, I won't have to. BUT! If I'm replying to a comment notification from my e-mail, and not yet signed in... well, you get the idea.

And it's kind of fishy, the way they're doing it. New or "early adopted" free accounts won't see the ads initially. It's like they're trying to hide it until the new user is hooked to the service before they spring the realization that they'll have to put up with ads if and when they switch over to an lj-cut off their f-list?

Now, don't get me wrong. I love my livejournal, and I'm proud to have it. It doesn't cost me much at all, and I think it's totally worth it. I just can't believe that this new addition isn't going to have some bad ramifications, and I think it already has.

I don't know, I haven't liked the majority of livejournal's new developments. The nudge, the linking of all userpics in the userinfo, and now this? I just don't know.

What do you guys think? Is anyone else having this expansion problem?

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Apr. 19th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
It's totally worth it, dude. Not even joking. When you think about it, it's just under a latte a month. Think about that.
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Apr. 19th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
I've seriously thought about buying like a 2 month subscription for people on my f-list for their birthdays if I know them well enough. :) I just... that could get messy.
Apr. 19th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Do you know me well enough? My birthday is in November anyways! Do consider me though, the poor girl who can't even afford a TV.

*shows her sulky face
Apr. 19th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
How do you live without a television? I'm hooked on so many programs it's sickening.

Honestly, I'd probably do it. It's just like... I have 100 people on my f-list, and I can't financially support that kind of philanthropy right now. I'd love to, but as a poor college student, I can't. But you're awesome.
Apr. 19th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
LJ's draft autosaving is ridiculously clumsy.

I woke up once after passing out midway through a drunken entry in Santa Monica to find most of my post only repeating over and over itself. Never again will I bother checking my autosaved draft if something interrupts my entry-making.
Apr. 19th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know, really. I'm still on the fence about it. I think I might want to try out the "with ads" option, just to see what it's like. If it's decent, then I won't mind it.
Apr. 19th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
See, I've checked out a couple of my friends that have jumped on the bandwagon, and for me... I wouldn't be able to stand it. The ads are massive, so any customization you do will be severely affected.

Sure, you could have the component style now. Except you won't have the third column, because the entire column is taken up by ads. Also, customized layouts? I don't think so. Coding around these ads is going to be ridiculous, and I'm pretty sure no one will want to. What's the point of making a beautiful, artsy layout just to have a ginormous white box with advertisements for skeezy companies taking up 1/5th of the page?

It's not just the aesthtics I take issue with. I think it's going to cause lots of technical problems. It just opens the door to spyware and viruses. Maybe it wont be on the same scale as the great LJ blackout, but I'm sure it could be. I already have problems blocking image-stealing spyders from ripping away any pictures I put up, because then people can steal icons without crediting those who made them. *fist*

It's just fishy. They aren't going to show the ads to new users, which makes me think they want to get you hooked before they smack you with it. All in all, I REALLY don't want it to end up like deadjournal, because this could easily end up being a segway into a only having two choices: either paid, or with advertising.
Apr. 20th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
That is a very good point you make. I tried switching it to the "with ads" option, and it just messed up my entire layout. I'd rather have a cute layout with only six icons than a default layout with fifteen.

It does seem fishy that they don't make new users aware... I wonder why they'd do that. And I really, really hope they don't ever change it to only those two choices. That'd be sad ;_;
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
I pondered the ad thing, merely for more icons ...

But when I came to the realization that the number of LJ icons I have is actually something I'm wasting time to ponder, I said fuck it.

Haha. Sometimes the Internet is way too engulfing. I actually laid out in my yard and read today. That was refreshing. :)
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
I love doing that. I read the 6th Harry Potter book on a blanket in the sun one afternoon, and I felt as though I'd be content for the rest of my life.
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
*gawk* Wait, you read the whole book in one day? Or am I a bufoon?

There's only been two books I've read in one day in my adulthood (and they're very teen-oriented, haha): The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and On the Bright Side I'm Now The Girlfriend of a Sex God.

Now I have the entire Chronicles of Narnia to conquer!
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Indeed I did. In an afternoon, actually. Although, to be fair, it did take me from 1 - 6. I read like a maniac.

I still need to read On the Bright Side I'm Now the Girlfiend of a Sex God. That's the sequel to Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, innit?
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Woah. Someone else has actually heard of those books before??? Crazy! But yes, that's the one. And then its not so subtle follow-up "Knocked Out by My Nunga Nungas!" :)

My mom seriously thought I was reading a trashy romance novel upon seeing that one's title. But please, as a feminist, I have awesomely titled books called "Cunt," "Bitch" "The Bust Guide..." in my library. :)
Apr. 20th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Speaking of trashy books...
I thoroughly enjoy The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want by Cameron Tuttle.
Apr. 21st, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't think that the ads are a good idea. I would rather pay for my journal than have tacky ads on it. Can you imagine LJ eventually using pop-up or flashy ads? It's just asking for computer bug problems.
Apr. 21st, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Dammit. I didn't notice my roommate was signed in before.

Anyway... Yis.
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