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I, for one, welcome our new Russian Overlords. [Dec. 2nd, 2007|06:49 pm]
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Привет!

So by now I guess you've all heard the news: SUP bought LiveJournal from Six Apart.

This is pretty cool because:
-- They're ridiculously excited about LiveJournal, and have been for awhile (they previous purchased advertising rights in Russia, but ended up doing a bunch of Russia-specific LJ development as well)
-- They want to throw a lot of resources at LiveJournal in terms of product development and engineers.
-- "LiveJournal.com, Inc." now stands alone again, focusing on nothing but LJ.
-- Sounds like I'll have more LJ influence (via new role as advisory board member) than I've had recently.

And to note:
-- I just found out about this last week and don't have much more details than I've read in the news posts. I definitely wasn't involved in this.... this all happened after I left Six Apart.
-- I get no fatty payout via SUP, SixApart, my non-liquid SixApart stock (if this increases 6A's value), or any other means. I wish I did.
-- Goats have an average life expectancy of 12 years. They can live as long as 17 years. Frank's still good.
-- I'm still not migrating my journal. (people keep asking me every time something on LJ changes)
-- "In Soviet Russia, SUP buys you." (courtesy coffeechica)

Now I get to sit back and watch all the community reactions and conspiracy theories. I can't wait to see what everybody hypothesizes about the Kremlin, Jews, etc. Always fun to watch.
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[User Picture]From: cloudwatcher
2007-12-03 02:54 am (UTC)

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Glad you're on board with this, because if you weren't, I'd be very nervous. Hope all goes well.
[User Picture]From: taral
2007-12-03 02:55 am (UTC)

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Maybe they'll roll back the adult-content patch.
[User Picture]From: dorei
2007-12-03 01:52 pm (UTC)

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you mean you don't honestly think this was a requirement before SUP would buy it? C'mon.
[User Picture]From: stylishbastard
2007-12-03 02:58 am (UTC)

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Ah I feel pre-emptively guilty for even commenting here, knowing that you'll probably be snowed under very very soon. I just wanted to say that as a user, I'm glad you're involved. As someone doing social research in relation to Russian LJ users in Irkutsk, I am intrigued about how all this will develop and be received and so on.

Exciting times!
[User Picture]From: burr86
2007-12-03 02:59 am (UTC)

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Woo!
[User Picture]From: simonff
2007-12-03 03:00 am (UTC)

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Brad, with all respect to you, note that a significant portion of Russian-speaking users will now leave. Those who live inside Russia will have no guarantee that they will not be spied upon or worse (um, timing was unfortunate too). And those outside because of unwillingness to have their private lives depend on a shady business (sorta like finding out that a weird relative that freaked you out when you were small is now poking around your bedroom).
[User Picture]From: ikadell
2007-12-03 04:45 am (UTC)

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+1
Most of my friends today are not mentioning leaving - they are talking about where to go.

This is sad. I am staying for now, but I will miss them.
[User Picture]From: delibash
2007-12-03 03:02 am (UTC)

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i remember that there was some short-lived panic after SUP took over the russian advertising sector. i am sure this will be just as short-lived if SUP does what they promised, like sticking to open source and leaving the company in the US.
[User Picture]From: alohawolf
2007-12-03 03:02 am (UTC)

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If the community doesnt work itself into a foamy goo about this, I think it might be a positive thing..
[User Picture]From: flashfire
2007-12-03 03:18 am (UTC)

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Welcome back, Brad. This will hopefully be good for LiveJournal as a whole.

This advisory board sounds like a good thing. I may have to look into that further.
[User Picture]From: sofija_m
2007-12-03 03:23 am (UTC)

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Would you like a beer whilst you watch the comedy unfold? ;)
[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-03 03:29 am (UTC)

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2 beers and 2 whiskeys thus far.
[User Picture]From: subbes
2007-12-03 03:24 am (UTC)

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Please to be checking all drinks with a handheld geiger counter before imbibing.
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2007-12-03 04:21 am (UTC)

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FTW!!!!!
[User Picture]From: dr_luka_kovac
2007-12-03 03:25 am (UTC)

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I back-tracked to your journal from your party post and just have to ask...where in Iowa were you born?
[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-03 03:29 am (UTC)

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Ames
[User Picture]From: panchul
2007-12-03 03:27 am (UTC)

For your entertainment

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Well, for the beginning you may enjoy reading this.

Below is a recent article about some Russian venture capitalist who was probably too drunk during his visit in Mountain View's Computer History museum and disclosed too much to a person who happened to be a journalist from the #1 Russian business publication Kommersant.

Briefly: Putin's KGB/FSB invented an elaborate scheme to fund a bunch of companies, then artificially lower their value and eventually steal those companies from the founders and other investors. Government-level extortion by the secret police and other weird stuff. The original interview is difficult to read, but there is a brief article (link is below).

Enjoy:

http://www.robertamsterdam.com/2007/11/russias_velvet_reprivatization.htm
http://jamestown.org/edm/article.php?article_id=2372628

A lot of people are saying that the guy is a phony and the whole thing is nonsense, but the problem is: the guy do knows some people and might be exposed to certain information. So at least something might be true.
[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2007-12-03 03:29 am (UTC)

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how does one get on the board?
[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2007-12-03 03:40 am (UTC)

glad to hear you're cool on this, makes me feel better

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I knew I took all those Russian classes for a reason.
Я не понимаю
Okay, that an ordering a beer is all I remember . . .
пиво пожалуйста
From: babybaby22
2007-12-03 07:00 am (UTC)

Re: glad to hear you're cool on this, makes me feel better

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пива нету :)
From: seeds_of_peace
2007-12-03 03:46 am (UTC)

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Glad to see you back on board.. to be honest I was not a 6A fan :P
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-03 03:47 am (UTC)

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definately bad news for russian opposition...
[User Picture]From: pyesetz
2007-12-03 03:49 am (UTC)

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And I was just thinking of you recently!  I hope they move LJ's home servers to Russia.  Then Americans can complain about their government without being spied on too directly.  Or maybe they should host the Russian accts in the States and vice versa?  Nah, costs too much bandwidth.

Since my LJ username is Russian, I'll guess I'll have to bone up my мегабайт трансконтинентальной сети.
[User Picture]From: alextr98
2007-12-03 03:57 am (UTC)

Result of this will be massive desertion of Russian users

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to other "vendors".
[User Picture]From: grumbeld
2007-12-03 04:33 am (UTC)

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I was shocked to see that on Waxy, but it doesn't sound like it'll be that bad at least. As long as my accounts remain I'll be holed up until the end.
[User Picture]From: untied
2007-12-03 04:37 am (UTC)

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just a random, creepy user who's been around for a while, but wanted to say: we missed you! glad you're back, and hope it does some good.
From: jamesd
2007-12-03 04:39 am (UTC)

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It's a KGB* conspiracy. The plan is to get access to the personal diaries of millions of U.S. children then when they get to college or the military to blackmail them into working for the KGB.

More seriously, from your reactions to the SUP folks, this is probably going to make for interesting changes and certainly more dedicated focus than Six Apart had.

*Readers who like attention to detail should note that the KGB hasn't existed for several years but it still has the best brand recognition. :)
[User Picture]From: pyrop
2007-12-03 04:46 am (UTC)

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The venture capitalists with their fingers in 6A must be pissing their thousand-dollar suits with joy right about now.
[User Picture]From: gillen
2007-12-03 04:52 am (UTC)

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I'm actually fairly happy about this announcement.
[User Picture]From: taral
2007-12-03 04:55 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: stewardess
2007-12-03 05:50 am (UTC)

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Selling a company is a conspiracy? Who knew.
[User Picture]From: vladius_osso
2007-12-03 05:08 am (UTC)

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Пиздец. I can't believe my eyes...

The company that is notorious for its disrespect of Russian LJ users, secret advertising and general unprofessionalism (they couldn't even write the LJ home page in correct Russian) now owns LJ.
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