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December 12th, 2003

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intr0spection in lj_biz

old invite codes

I was wondering if it was possible to give old invite codes an internal monetary value. That way they could be used to not only purchase paid member time but also rename tokens or extra user pictures. I am not a techie in any way and I don't know what the functionality of this idea is, but I thought I would throw it out there.
geeky, computers

neitherday in lj_biz

Blocking or Screening New Users

One method to deal with the potential increase in trolls/spammers is to give users the option of screening or blocking comments from LiveJournal users whose account is newer than X days old. X=7 would make sense, as that follows the precedent set by the now defunct invite code system.

bradfitz in lj_biz

LiveJournal commercials

LiveJournal commercials will be playing from today until the 25th in the following theaters, grouped by nearest big city.

It's not a lot of theaters, and we don't care too much.... it was cheap and we needed to play them somewhere. (the commercials were made for us super cheap too) We mostly wanted existing LiveJournal users to be able to see the commercials in their area.

Whether or not we run the commercials again, or on TV (nationwide?), will depend on a lot of things. We'll see.

San Francisco/East Bay:
1) Hacienda Crossings -- 5500 Dublin Blvd., Dublin
2) Berkeley 7 -- 2274 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
3) Emery Bay 10 -- 6330 Christie Ave., Emeryville
4) Galaxy -- 1285 Sutter St., San Francisco
5) Deer Valley 16 -- 4204 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

Portland:
1) Division Street -- 16603 SE Division St., Portland
2) Lloyd Mall -- 2320 Lloyd Center Mall, Portland
3) Sherwood -- 15995 SW Sherwood Road, Sherwood
4) Stark Street -- 2429 NE Kane, Gresham
5) Vancouver Plaza -- 7800 NE Fourth, Vancouver

Seattle:
1) Galleria -- 550 106th Ave., Bellevue
2) Parkway -- 5910 S. 180th St., Tukwila
3) Poulsbo -- 750 NW Edward, Poulsbo
4) South Sound -- 1435 Oleny Ave. SE, Port Orchid
5) South Hill -- 3500 S. Meridian, Puyallup

Denver:
1) Greenwood Plaza -- 141 E. Arapahoe Road, Englewood
2) Denver West
3) Thornton Town Center -- 10001 Grant St., Thornton
4) Denver Pavilions -- 500 16th St., Denver
5) Continental -- 3635 S. Monaco Blvd., Denver


Let us know if you see it! (I need to go hit a theater in Portland tonight....)

We'll be posting the MPEG and WMV files within the week so everybody can watch them.

nemilar in lj_biz

LiveJournal's Financial Status

Through this entire "removing invite codes" thing, one thing I've been concerned about is LiveJournal's ability to keep up with demand. And by that, I mean whether or not they'll be able to support all these new free users financially.

I've often thought about suggesting that someone from LiveJournal make a post every few months giving users a short update as to LJ's finances. Just a short post in lj_biz saying, "we're doing really good, we've got a lot of money so we're buying new hardware..." or "we're going through a slower period, and money's getting a little tight." I've always felt that the reason LiveJournal stands out from all other blogging sites (and from reading comments on Brad's posts, I can tell that Brad, and many other users, share my feelings on this) is that users know LiveJournal will be around a week, a month, and even a year from now, while many other sites often fade into nothingness shortly after they're created. I believe that a post letting users know how LJ's doing financially would help maintain this feeling.

Also, LiveJournal fosters a feeling of community, with an "we're all in this together" sort of spirit (for example, whenever there's a server outage, Brad/Lisa/etc.. always winds up saying something along the lines of, "trust us, this bothers us as much as it does you"). Along these lines, I think many LiveJournal users would be interested in knowing how the company is doing from time to time. Perhaps more importantly, in times that LiveJournal isn't doing so well, such a post would most likely increase the amount of paid accounts sold. If anything, reading comments to Brad (and team)'s entries about paid users has shown me that the primary reason that many people purchase paid accounts is to support LJ financially. If someone came on to lj_biz and said, "hey, we're not doing too good, we need to sell more accounts," I'm sure we'd see an increase in sales.

In short, for reasons of financial security and developing an even stronger sense of community, I believe it would be a good idea to have periodic updates on LiveJournal's financial status in this community by a LiveJournal staff member. Perhaps a "State of the Treasury" address?

hemtt in lj_biz

Just a quick business question.

Does anyone in LJ Business Land know:
1) How many free users do we have?
2) How many current 2 month memberships do we have?
3) How many current 6 month memberships do we have?
4) How many current 12 month memberships do we have?

I'm looking for statics on membership/free users. Ratio's etc. How many are about to expire? How many memberships do you expect not to be renewed?

Things like that. Thanks so much.