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21 July 2011 @ 10:33 am
LJ vs FB  
Wow, I'd forgotten how pleasant it is to post and read things on LiveJournal.

I only joined FaceCrack because 1.) it was a good venue for advertising my business due to its massive popularity, and 2.) so many people stopped using LJ and started posting events & such over there instead that I never knew what was going on. The FB user interface is so cluttered it has always driven me nuts, and there are lots of other things that pick my ass about it but I won't bore you. Yet despite having avoided it like the plague for months, recently I found myself looking at it almost daily.

Yet despite how much I have always liked posting here, when I go to read my friends' page it's like crickets are chirping. Updates are generally few and infrequent. Quite a contrast to FB, where there is a constant stream of one-line junk every hour like "X and Y are now friends" and "X is at Y location" and "X got 2887423656 points playing Farmville" or whatever. I just don't care about that stuff, and unfortunately there's an awful lot of it. Write what your day was about, and then I'll care (although that being said, people so seem to write content more often over there, although the bits are much shorter than tends to get written on LJ - myself included).

But whatever, we'll see how it goes. I gave up my paid account here not because I didn't want the extras anymore, but because I'm one of the 5 people left out of 100+ friends who still seem to use it. OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but still. Anyway, that decision may not make much sense to you, but it's hard to explain. Well, it works for me.

Gotta go, monsoon thunderstorm commencing!
 
 
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d_sdonnaidh_sidhe on July 21st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I stopped spending as much time here due to the massive exodus to Dreamwidth (which I haven't yet gotten into the habit of updating) and FaceCrack. Then I came back and...my god, the ads are so aggravating. :/
Valerianvalerian on July 21st, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, I have the AddBlockPlus plug-in for FireFox, so I never see ads... anywhere. :)
d_sdonnaidh_sidhe on July 22nd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
I don't see the ads themselves, but I do see the empty space. I know they're there. I CAN FEEL THEM.
Stephanie a.k.a. the Science Queensciencequeen on July 21st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
What I do is just allow all my posts to be auto-posted/RSS imported to my Facebook so that people who *only* use FB can comment and most people that have LJs will login to theirs to comment.

I also found that not only were few people using LJ but that almost no one would give input on things I was serious or felt strongly about. When I was posting shorter summaries, people were easier to engage (which then later gave people more reason to read the longer posts!) :P

I always preferred LJ but I do appreciate the little snippets of more people. I also appreciate how pretty much anyone I meet has a FB account and so can keep in touch with faraway friends pretty easily. That being said, I started to use my LJ more when I found out most of my Aussie friends still used it!

I can't say now that FB > LJ or LJ > FB, they are just different. :)
Valerianvalerian on July 21st, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, the old TL;DR
I do auto-post too. I like the majority of my posts to be friends-only though (in both places), and the RSS feeds won't pick up the locked LJ posts I make. So unless I copy + paste (which I can't be arsed to do) it's one or the other.

You're right though, they both have their pluses & minuses... they're just different.
Lorraopium on July 22nd, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
LJ is my baby forever!! I love it - I wish people posted more but now I just find other people to read - makes it interesting, I find more friends all over! A lot of my "friends" post on LJ but that is because I seek them out via communities and stuff :)