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14th-May-2008 09:37 am
El Jay
So the other day, someone asked me if I'd noticed any significant changes to Livejournal since the recent sale to SUP. I mentioned the lack of basic accounts for new users, and it was shrugged off with a 'what site doesn't have ads, these days?'

But then, I had to admit:actually, I have noticed a difference. Since the sale:

 - notifications have been reliable (sometimes delayed by up to a couple hours, but they used to be delayed by months sometimes)
- the servers haven't crashed
- the pages are loading faster,
 - they've stopped doing a redesign every American holiday, and the associated server issues that would create every single time.
 - creating an account (because yes, I still create RP journals) is easier.

Has anyone else noticed this?
14th-May-2008 08:36 am (UTC)
Yanno, I think I have.

Also, I hadn't picked up that they'd stopped the redesigns, but THANK GOD THEY HAVE. Because that was so annoying. *beams*

14th-May-2008 08:51 am (UTC)

Also glad for dinner.
14th-May-2008 09:33 am (UTC)
I love. Your new layout words. A lot.

It needed the full stops in, it just did.

14th-May-2008 11:03 am (UTC)

I overuse elipses, bad habit but I can't break it. I use an elipsis to end a comment, then Debi's come in straight afterwards, looks a bit weird...

14th-May-2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Stop abusing the ellipses, then.
14th-May-2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
I CAN'T. I have tried.

I'll just have to remember to double linebreak after commenting here.

14th-May-2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, now you mention it, it does seem generally faster. And I can do without those holiday re-designs.
14th-May-2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Partially because they're hosting a bunch of content through a "content delivery network"—userpics and things like the generic little bloke next to the username are now on a network of servers that are designed to get images to people quicker.

That means we get them quicker, and less strain on the LJ servers, but does sometimes mean a small delay in changes if you upload a new userpic. I think.

The account creation process was their rationale for dumping basic accounts, it helped them make things much easier—haven't tried it yet, but it's part of the still ongoing LJ usability project.

But, more importantly, coming soon—backup servers, somewhere in western Europe. That's the biggest individual service problem I've had with them, no more regular backups in case San Francisco sinks...
14th-May-2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Pursuant to my most recent comment upthread, this is one of the best uses of the post-comment text I've seen today
14th-May-2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh hey, I hadn't noticed the lack of redesigns, but I'm glad of it.

There was a good while there where notifications were slightly problematic for me -- not slowness, because I got them promptly, but instead of the usual link to the thread at the top of the notification, it'd say "so-and-so replied to a [[sitenameshort]] comment." The links at the bottom worked, though, and in any case it seems to have been sorted out. I hadn't especially noticed the reliability of the notifications and servers, but now that you mention it that's true too.
15th-May-2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
There were redesigns?

I've had a harder time creating new accounts, but that's because I'm not very observant and keep missing the teeny tiny hidden "No thank you I do not want to give you money for an internet thing JUST GIVE ME THE DAMN JOURNAL!" link.

And I have trouble with the customizing setup, but that may be because I am used to the old system. In several other respects, it is easier and more intuitive.
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