I've started posting more things as friends only. Mostly things related to my business, so if you don't want to read about that, then go on about your business. But, if you're a reader of my journal and I don't have you on my friends list, please comment and I'll add you, so you can see more of those posts. Now would probably be a good time to mention that I do have a couple of opt in filters - one for updates about the progress of my weight loss plan, and the other for discussing potty training (which doesn't get much traffic these days since it's pretty much accomplished.) If you'd like to opt in to either of these, just say so!
[livejournal.com profile] bradfitz issues a retraction about this whole sponsored business. It's portrayed as a miscommunication, but I expect that a quick rethinking of policy in the face of user outrage is about as likely.

Edited to add url: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_biz/237699.html
How many pages of NO can 10 million users generate? Let's find out!

If you don't want more sponsored corporate anything in LiveJournal as seen here in this post about New! Wonderful! Corporate Sponsored Communities!, leave a simple NO in the comments to that post and then pass this on to your flist asking them to do the same.

Six Apart, here's an example of viral marketing. Pay attention to the power of the user base.
I've been slowly and gradually engaging in a little tagging project, going back through my posts and adding and editing tags. I've got all of 2006 and 2005 done, and have started in on 2004. In this process, I've learned a few things about tagging that others might find relevant.

First off, LJ is stupid, and will only allow you to retrieve the 100 most recent items with a given tag. The rest still have that tag, but there's no way to filter for them.

And secondly - and most annoyingly - if you ever have more than 100 posts with a given tag, even retagging your most recent posts will not make the ones that have ever been higher than 100 retrievable. I learned this while dividing my "liam" tagged posts up into some sub categories - development, stories, sleep, etc. According to the tag manager, I still have 53 posts tagged Liam. But I only see 2 of them when I click on the tag. There's no way for me to retrieve these other posts for retagging except to go through each post manually one by one. Which, yes, I'm doing anyway, but it's still a really dumb bug.

Many people have made many suggestions to LJ about changing the way they handle tags, and maybe they will someday. In the meantime, I thought you might like to know about these limitations.

As for me, I'm trying to figure out what to do about my "work" tagged posts. I'm at 99 now, and I know I will come across more that I would normally tag that way when I'm going through the 2004 posts. And those are much less obviously subdividable than the Liam ones. Hmmm - I suppose I could just tag them by year: work04, work05, etc. Or I could just give up on the whole idea, because how often am I going to want to retrieve posts with the "work" tag anyway?
For those of you who aren't on [livejournal.com profile] news, LJ had added an icon creater right into the userpic upload interface. If you upload a picture that's bigger than 100x100, it will automatically send you to a really easy interface where you can crop the photo, and it will automatically resize it for you. I especially like that while you're working on the full size picture, it shows a little preview of what it will look like at LJ size.

Try it out!

(I used it to create this "little drummer boy" icon of Liam.)
Edited to add: apparently there may still be some issues with image quality, but they're working on them.
So says [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha K, anyway. I don't know exactly what the "rules" are, but it seems like a good occasion to change my default icon, so I'll try this one out for a while. There's a weird shadow thing going on in the upper right hand corner that I don't like - I may try to fix that when I get to work and have the good image editing software.
LJ made an oops. They changed the default style to Generator - this was meant to only affect new journals, but as you know, it hit already established journals too.

Slightly more detail (and instructions for fixing) here: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_maintenance/112534.html

LJ Stats

Jan. 1st, 2006 12:23 am
In 2005:
Journal entries - 529 (to date: 1,862)
Comments - Posted: 1,973- Received: 2,658 (To date: Posted 6,064 - Received: 8,755)
Friends - 149
Communities - 34

A snippet with my favorite verse and the chorus:
I was a lonely teenage baby goth
With a black carnation and a smokers' cough
but I was even more pissed off
The day that LJ died

I started singin'...

Bye bye to the power supply
'Where's my LJ?' 'Oh, my LJ!' was the worldwide cry
And even Brad left a slashdot reply
Saying 'We'll get a UPS stand by!'
'We'll get a UPS stand by!'
I surfed the Mothering dot commune discussion boards a lot. What did you do? (Post this in your journal, and maybe it'll become a meme...)

If you have no idea what this vacation we're talking about is, then you're insufficiently addicted to LJ.
From the [livejournal.com profile] news January status report:

One of our big goals for February is to split up the overloaded concept of "friends", turning it into separate categories relating to who you read on your friends page, who you trust to read your entries, who you know in real life, etc.
[livejournal.com profile] supergee started his LJ on New Year's Day last year, so was able to post his stats and show an entire year's activity. I thought that was pretty cool. But I _didn't_ start my account on NYD, so I'm going to post my current stats now, so that this time next year, I can calculate my year's activity.

Account type: Paid Account, expiring 2004-09-22
Date created: 2002-04-08 20:16:24
Date updated: 2004-01-01 06:30:34, 4 minutes ago
Journal entries: 781
Comments: Posted: 1,880 - Received: 2,795



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