This is interesting, but I'm not sure I agree with OM's comment that Six Apart is somehow a natural fit. Certainly the LiveJournal audience is a drastically different crowd than the paying Typepad crowd or the Moveable Type users, but diversifying your audience by buying a group that is unlikely to ever pay for your product, well, I'm just not convinced that's a good way to go. I mean, how many fifteen year old girls are going to fork over a dime to get their site hosted, even if you do give them all of the fantastic features of Typepad/MT which I have come to know and love. Where's the payoff here? Perhaps it makes Six Apart more attractive as an acquisition candidate itself? It seemed like their growth would certainly make it attractive enough, and I can't honestly believe that LiveJournal's growth is any better.
Om writes "It also gives the company a very fighting chance against Google’s Blogger and Microsoft’s MSN Spaces." Fighting chance against MSN Spaces? I'm sorry, but I don't see the droves of people flocking to Spaces, and I can't really see any blue blooded blogger letting Bill and Steve host their little baby. I haven't seen numbers, but I never got the impression that MSN Spaces had any initial success. And as for Blogger, which is currently the biggest site, well, I never really thought of it as a "winner" takes all scenario. I always thought of Typepad/MT as a place for more sophisticated and professional bloggers that need more features and Blogger as the place to go for a simple, free service. There should be more than enough of the prior space to go around, if you include all of the corporate blogs, to build a viable business. That segment of the market, currently the only paying segment, is prime real estate and will be huge at some point.
I'll stop, because I definately don't have enough info to work with here so I'm not going to go guessing as to why they did it. But, let me tell you, if they try to generate revenues directly from LiveJournal members (I won't make that statement more explicit for fear of starting up the rumor mill), hell hath no fury like a fifteen year old LiveJournaler. Forget the backlash when they changed the MT pricing scheme...that would be nothing.
I'll think more about this on my way to work, but I can't really think of a good reason to spend your venture money on LiveJournal. If I'm missing something, I'd love to hear it.
So I checked my e-mail this morning and I had nine notices of trackbacks. "Ooh... my site is catching on, look at this." Nope... TRACKBACK SPAM. The trackbacks were total gibberish. So I added them to my blocked list and then deleted them.
Here's a question. I labeled them all "trackback spam" and then put them on my blocked list, but does any other user of Typepad benefit from that? I'm sure I wasn't the only one trackback spammed last night from those addresses and I'm sure most users will block the address after they clean their site. Why shouldn't we collectively benefit from all that labeling? SixApart should partner with Cloudmark, which has this "community" concept to help block e-mail spam, to offer some kind of trackback screen. If enough Typepad/MT users block an IP address and call it spam for trackbacks, every other user who signs up would get the benefit of that block. I'd pay for that in a second, because if this trackback spam gets as bad as e-mail spam got at its peak, I'd probably quit blogging.
Martin at Ignition had a similar problem on MT, but admittedly, the volumes of spam he got were much worse. His comments were on point, though. Even though I only had nine, it was way too cumbersome to delete, label, and block these goofballs. I'm surprised he didn't mention a possible Cloudmark solution, since Cloudmark is Ignition's company.
Ok, so anyone who has ever been to DTUT and tried to connect to their free wireless has probably undergone the same issues, especially if you are set to automatically obtain an IP address when you connect.
However, this random guy clued me in to how to fix it and I've been connect all night, busy working hard on my new Success Blogging site. You have to set your network connection to connect to a specific IP address...
Go to your Internet Protocal (TCP/IP) properties...
Instead of "Obtain an IP address automatically" click both options to use specific addresses.
Type in the following:
IP Address: 198_168_1_xxx Instead of xxx, I used 156, but you can't all use the same one, so try 155, 157, 158 or something.
Subnet mask: 255_255 _255_0 Why do they call this a mask? No idea, but this pops up automatically for me.
Default gateway: 192_168_1_254
Preferred DNS server: 151_202_0_84
Alternate DNS server: 151_203_0_84
Hopefully, this works for you. Now you don't have to bother the cool counter people, like the kid with "C A $ H" tattooed on his fist. I'm sure they could use one or two less moochers asking them to reset the connection. Leave them alone and buy a brownie.
As I prepare for my upcoming Learning Annex gig on March 16th and I start working with NYSSA on an finance/investment related blogging seminar, on top of the new book idea, I'm realizing that I need a better vehicle to organize my thoughts (and promote them) in regards to blogging as a career tool. Therefore, I've decided to spin off my existing posts on blogging as a career tool into a blog called Success Blogging. I already got the domain name and I'm working on connecting it to my existing TypePad account. On this new blog, I'll be posting about my thoughts related to the book, as well as all of the information and content that gets produced related to events that I am working on. I'm excited to start a new blog with a definite theme and purpose, and I'm also happy that the complete randomness of my personal blog, "This is Going to Be Big..." can now be legitimately excused. I haven't decided whether or not I'll be parallel posting across both blogs, but rest assured, when the new site is up and running and has new posts, I'll let you know on here.
When I was a sophomore, I lived in Hughes Hall. It was the worst dorm you could get... a former classroom/office building, they stuffed four of us in two bunks in each room. The walls and rugs were all various shades of brown. Its only redeeming quality was that it was right smack in the middle of campus. I had a dry erase board that a hung on the hallway door. Everyday, I would put up a quote of the day, because we were close by the elevator in the first floor and we got tons of walkby traffic. That is, until someone wrote "fuck you" on it. I ignored it and kept posting... until they took the dry erase board and threw it in the trash. I retrieved it and continued to post, until they tore the board into pieces, even mangling the metal frame. I pieced it back together, though, and hung it up again. Then, finally it disappeared altogether.
I put myself out there... I always have. Sometimes people agree with you, sometimes not, but I've never understood the hate and the meanness. Don't like the quotes? Ignore them... but tearing my message board to pieces? I just couldn't grasp that and it always troubled me that there existed that kind of meanness.
Tonight, someone posted on my blog in a way that upset me over something really important to me. People say everything is free game when you put yourself out there like this, and while I believe that, the meanness still troubles me. There's a missing post now that won't return and it was a post that meant a lot to me. Thanks... and thanks for busting up my dry erase board.