October 1st, 2006

Christina Ricci

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crafting_change pointed this out for us. LiveJournal plans to open up to advertisers in the guise of Communities and sponsorship. Here's some of the blurb:

We've been working with some great companies who are really excited about LiveJournal and want to help us give you guys access to new features and special content. In the coming weeks and months, we'll be launching some new offerings, including:

Sponsored communities: LiveJournal communities run by companies who are looking for a way to connect and interact with people who are interested in finding out more about their products and getting special deals and exclusive content.

Sponsored features: Features that might cost us too much to offer by ourselves, or touch on areas where we're not as experienced, which we'll be able to offer through partnerships with other companies.

For instance, you'll be able to visit a community sponsored by the makers of the next hit movie and get access to things like exclusive trailers, behind-the-scenes footage, and promotional pictures. Or a community sponsored by a travel company to get travel advice, tips and tricks, and special deals, or one sponsored by a technology company to get the computer hint-of-the-day, or -- well, anything else our partners can come up with. Sponsored communities function much like regular LJ communities, but there'll be a banner at the top of the page to let you know you're seeing official, sponsored content. We'll also be making minor changes to the community icon for sponsored communities so you can tell at a glance.

I left a love note for them. Here's what I said.

And I urge all LiveJournal members, especially paid members, to voice your opinions about this at the location above. It might not make a difference on how much advertising LiveJournal intends to take, but it might make them think twice about how that advertising will be delivered to paid members. Please do it now.
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