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Help Us Support Planned Parenthood

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Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.

                    

Thank you all for your help in our support for Planned Parenthood. This promotion ends June 1, 2012; LiveJournal is not affiliated with Parent Parenthood. For more information about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

-The LiveJournal Team

(If you'd like to help spread the word that we're raising funds for Planned Parenthood, you can crosspost this entry in your own journal or community by using the repost button below!)
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What happened to Writer’s Block? In our most recent news about Release 90, we announced that Writer’s Block, a long-running homepage feature that posed a new question every day, was going away. We were pretty clear about what was happening; the section headline “Writer’s Block ending” told most people what they needed to know. No ambiguity there, right?

Wrong. What we failed to make clear is that Writer’s Block is not gone, it was simply removed from the LiveJournal homepage. Indeed, the Writer’s Block community is still alive and kicking as it always has been, asking discussion-provoking questions on a daily basis. You can check it out here: writersblock -- and you can now join the community, and even comment directly to the daily entries if you prefer. (You can still use the Answer button to create an entry in your own journal, of course.)

Sorry for the confusion! We never intended to “kill” Writer’s Block, but we did feel it was time to remove it from the homepage based on the recent response rates. And with Writer’s Block removed, there’s room for new homepage features, like LiveJournal Today and Popular Entries, that highlight our vibrant communities and journals. But who knows, maybe we’ll bring it back someday for a revival!

In the meantime, you have a question to answer: writersblock :)

-Team LiveJournal

RE: The Fast Company article

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Hi All,

The Fast Company story caused considerable discussion regarding LiveJournal's plans for 2012. We’d like to address this.

It’s true that we talked a lot about our plans for growth. And it's true that we have developed a strategy to grow LiveJournal’s audience. But our strategy for growth is separate from how we plan to improve LiveJournal for our current members. Our product roadmap places “improved user experience” as the force that drives us every day toward our goals.

A key part of our strategy to grow is through LiveJournal's amazing community base and content. We're on a mission to identify and help elevate interesting and active communities, much in the same way we have done with ONTD. These so-called "super communities" are not new communities at all, and they are not replacing LiveJournal.com. A few of the communities we're talking to have been on LiveJournal for over 10 years. On February 15 we plan to make a formal announcement about this special – very separate - initiative.

Back to LiveJournal: We have plans, big plans, all focused on improving the user experience on the site as a whole. Yesterday we posted our annual State of the Goat that provides further information on these plans. You may have already noticed some changes to the site over the last couple months, but this is not the complete redesign – it is merely the beginning, and we're planning updates for many features on the site over the coming year

LiveJournal continues to be a vibrant, wonderful place for some of the liveliest conversations on the Internet. We have no plans to change what LiveJournal is; our plans are about how to make what we are better and better.

Regards,

The LiveJournal Team

LJ in the media: The Return of LiveJournal

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Check out this Fast Company article for a glimpse of what you can expect at LiveJournal in 2012.

"LiveJournal, one of the web's most popular early blogging sites, is launching a comeback in the United States. Their plans for 2012 include massive changes for users. Oh, and "Game Of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin is a big user."

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LiveJournal: Why We Oppose SOPA and PIPA

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Since 1999, LiveJournal has been a safe harbor of self-expression and creativity, with the most substantial privacy policies of any social site. We believe the Internet must remain a place that is free to use, free to explore, and free to express.

This is why LiveJournal ardently opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), two bills currently in discussion in the United States Congress; with PIPA up for committee vote this coming January 24. We understand there is good intent behind these two bills – they are, after all, designed to protect copyrighted and trademarked property. But the language of these bills is so vague that any intellectual property owner that feels its copyright has been violated can have a site taken down, without the normal due process of law. Based on this, a LiveJournal user could post content, even an icon, that contains copyrighted material, and the copyright owner could conceivably have LiveJournal – the entire site – taken down without any way for LiveJournal to address or correct the issue.

LiveJournal is a group of communities created, owned and operated by all of you. We have worked hard to uphold the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. We believe the DMCA, while not perfect, continues to be an adequate measure to fight piracy and copyright infringement. SOPA and PIPA are overkill that would have the effect of undermining our collective guarantee of freedom of speech. These two bills are about censorship, and LiveJournal is joining the fight to ensure these bills never come to pass.

We hope those of you in the U.S. will join us in our opposition to SOPA and PIPA by letting your local representatives know where they should stand on this issue.

  • To contact your district’s member of the House of Representatives, go here.

  • To contact your state’s Senators, go here.

For more information on SOPA and PIPA, please visit these sites: