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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Wed, Mar. 12th, 2008 05:46 pm
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newsovietoverlords-LJnews: 100 days! *strut*
LJdramaqueens: O NOES YOU SEEKRITLEE TOOK AWAY BASIC ACCTS HOW DARE YOU ATTEMPT TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR SERVICE!

Much wanking ensues.

I dunno, ever since slightly prior to strikethrough, I just don't care anymore. Free user communities and their entitlement attitudes bug me so much these days. Remind me to never attempt to convert a free model to a business model, there's just no way to win once you've gone too far down the road. Manipulating lock-in hits a BIG EMOTIONAL TRIGGER that can destroy your fragile user goodwill like cortisol can destroy your immune system. The only way to get money out of a free model that's not more work than it's worth is value-adds, and not the sort that you manufacture by reducing basic features. In order for THAT to work, you need to have set up your free service in a scalable manner such that when your volume jumps, you can still give away whatever you were giving away without landing in the hole.

I have a lot of problems with some of the new big-hype concepts like the "->Free" content model and the "Thousand True Fans" model. I wouldn't offer a penny of funding to anyone that came to me pitching such plans, that's for sure. I hope this conceptual trend passes swiftly and leaves few offspring.

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smallerdemon
smallerdemon
smallerdemon
Thu, Mar. 13th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)

From reading the thread a bit it looks more people were upset about a rather large shift in policy with no communications with customers about that policy change. Of course, that is the prerogative of any company, mind you, but I understand why clients might be upset about lack of communication. I work in a communication vacuum every day and it causes a LOT of discontent among people who must communicate directly with customers to not have policies posted or communicated down to the front lines.

You are correct, though, it wouldn't have mattered in the long run. The model started free and transition to pay or have ads played would have still caused an uproar from the "But it was FREE FOR SO LONG?!" crowd.

Admittedly, it was one of the reasons I still liked LiveJournal. I could always have folks create a basic account just to read my friends only post and they didn't have to deal with the luggage of advertising that MySpace and Facebook have in place. Oh well, I suspected it would be too good to last this long anyway. :) It is more surprising that this didn't happen a LOT sooner.

I suspect this was also a surprise given the current status of so many services giving things away now, but none without advertising of some sort or as you point out, enough paying customers to sufficiently carry a large, large number of free customers as well.

Edited at 2008-03-13 05:10 am (UTC)


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nasu_dengaku
nasu_dengaku
Matt
Thu, Mar. 13th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)

Just in case LJ starts tanking, are you aware of any script that will suck down all your lj entries *and comments* complete with all images and whatnot?

Basically, you'd want to capture every lj entry page in full html.


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triple_entendre
triple_entendre
Triple Entendre
Thu, Mar. 13th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
ljarchive

http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive

might still need to grab photos and such separately; not sure on that.


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