Make that $100,000,100. I will personally contribute $100 to the get Carlos Beltran fund if the Mets need help. This guy would be the best outfielder this franchise has EVER had.... I'm ALL for it.
Danah has more cultural insight into the blogworld in her pinky than I have altogether and assesses this deal from an interesting perspective. And yes, I'm one of those people that thought LJ was just for teens... obviously its a lot more than that. In fact, now that I think of it, I think of it like Diaryland and I've definately witnessed firsthand how close those communities are and how far away from the new blog wave that hit in '04.
This is almost as bad as when AMF bought Harley Davidson.
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.