LiveJournal largely ignored, but why?
Caught this snippet on tweeney.com via JOHO: "...LiveJournal.com (which most weblog news stories overlook for some reason) boasts more than 650,000 [users]..."
Why does everyone seem to ignore LiveJournal? It's very, very, very rare that I see a LiveJournaller's posts linked into the Blogosphere at large. Granted, I know that the median user was a 15 year old female who complains about Mom and her boyfriend, when last I checked. But, as the adage goes: 90% of anything is crap. There are, nevertheless, a good number of worthwhile streams of narrative in that space.
On the other hand, I don't see many of the people behind LJ stepping out and making noise in the Outer Blogosphere either. I think many of them are just plain busy keeping the site afloat, or having lives, and LJ is world enough for them.
But 650,000 users... that's a lot. More than Radio and rivalling Blogger.com. Is there a real qualitative difference in writing between the groups? I would still imagine there's a lot of crap to be found via Blogger.com. I'm not sure about Radio, though, since I get the impression that the 15 year olds have yet to flood into the userbase and its following seems more tilted toward professionals.
But as for the software & service itself... As far as I can see, LJ is one of the easiest paths out there to starting a weblog/journal online. And it was one of the first sites I ever encountered that had a desktop-based client app for posting to it. And, though not prominently placed, they have RSS feeds for every single journal on the site. They're even working RSS aggregation features into the place by gatewaying external RSS feeds in as special LJ users to be added like any other LJ "friend".
So, to me, LJ sounds like a top competitor to every other blog/news aggregation product or service out there - yet I rarely hear about it. Hrm.
Anyone have a theory why?