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Vedomosti article [Sep. 25th, 2009|05:26 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Don't believe everything (or anything) you read here:


I'm told that it's horribly "mistranslated" (probably intentionally) to make a more interesting article.

I wish I brought my own recorder to the interview so I could post the mp3 of what I actually said, which is that I'm working on making social networking federated & inter-operable like email. I'm not sick or bored of social networking or LiveJournal. I still use LJ. I do use it less, now that I don't work on it, and it's true a lot of my friends are now on Twitter or Facebook, but that's why I want things to inter-operate.

Stupid media. I'm done with reporters. Or at least I'll start recording everything.

Update 2009-09-25 23:07: apparently the translation isn't bad, some tell me, except for the headline ("All my friends quit LiveJournal", not true), and perhaps the biased selection of some of the quotes. Many people are getting a different idea from the article than I thought I communicated. Oh well. My apologies to Vedomosti, since it doesn't seem like it was entirely intentional.

[User Picture]From: mansch
2009-09-25 01:39 pm (UTC)
it's joke )
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[User Picture]From: thedimka
2009-09-25 01:49 pm (UTC)
russian media lies and blows things out of proportion just to make it "more interesting", but it just makes it all fake, and i can't stand it, but they do it all the time, all tv stations, all news papers, even the alternative ones.
in a way that was partially the reason people liked LJ in russia so much
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-09-25 01:53 pm (UTC)
So you're saying all of Russian media is FOX News? :)
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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2009-09-25 01:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder how these guys feel when the person they interview records interview too. It's like telling customer support folks on the phone that this conversation can be recorded for a quality control purposes ;)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-09-25 02:06 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: canellla
2009-09-25 02:19 pm (UTC)
Media all over the world do this) the more people read this, the more reporter earns)
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[User Picture]From: natalianyc
2009-09-25 02:25 pm (UTC)
They probably mistranslated it.
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[User Picture]From: timdziadko
2009-09-25 02:55 pm (UTC)

Let's talk about it

I'm afraid, you are not right.
I'm the reporter, with whom you've met. Text of interview was recorded, translated by me and then modified and approved by Google press office.
Would you mind to specify what is incorrect in the text, which was approved?

I haven't written that you don't use LJ. I've written that you don't use it so often, as you did it earlier.
Would you mind to ask you friends translators, who - as far as I understood -- have mistranslated (may be intentionally) my text in Vedomosti newspaper, to explain you what is written here about making social networks compatible?
"В Google я как раз работаю над тем, чтобы связать воедино различные интернет-ресурсы, социальные сети с различными платформами, для того, чтобы они работали вместе [и были совместимыми]".
If you need I can forwad to you Mp3 file and modified version of text, which was sent by Google. But I'm sure it will be better if you initially read correct translation of the text.
Vedomosti Newspaper isn't stupid media. If you don't read Russian it doesn't give you right to make such conclusions without reading text, which was published in the media
partly corrected and authorised by Google press office. If you
Interview was recorded by me, if you need Mp3, I can give it to you.
Haven't you agreed that LJ could become anachronisme, if
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-09-25 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Let's talk about it

My apologies if it's an accurate translation. I can't really tell, of course. I just know what I hear from others. :/

Thanks for replying, though.

If you send me the mp3 file (to brad@danga.com) I can host it on my servers and link it?
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[User Picture]From: tr0y
2009-09-25 03:56 pm (UTC)
I've read it through and haven't seen seen anything "criminal". Except, maybe, for "All of my friends have quit LJ" which is a bit suspicious (as most of the statements containing "all" :))
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[User Picture]From: brad
2009-09-25 04:11 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's a pretty big "except".

For the record, all my friends have not quit LiveJournal.
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[User Picture]From: henrylyne
2009-09-25 05:23 pm (UTC)
Your interview should have been one big voicepost. Which reminds me, we still have to fix the non-US voicepost numbers from getting cutting off after 1 minute.
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From: tom
2009-09-25 10:21 pm (UTC)
From Russia With Love;
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From: ex_topk
2009-09-26 12:28 pm (UTC)
american and canadian media is almost just as bad as russian
i cannot watch the news without cringing
its so badly biased like they think we are all just a bunch of naive lemmings (which is sadly true - look at the number of atheists versus the number of believers of all kinds)
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-26 01:14 pm (UTC)

you have nothing to apologize for

Even from the Russian text of your interview the conclusion of you giving up on Livejournal can hardly be drawn. And they deliberately put it in the headline ("my friends" usually means "people I trust"). And then this jerk had the nerve to guilt-trip you over the whole matter. Next time do not give in so easily, wait a little longer for reaction from others to be able to make a better judgement. And never apologize for what you said if you meant differently. It's not your problem.
my sympathy
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-09-26 07:45 pm (UTC)
never trust to Russian newspapers, they will edit whatever you say to make the article 'more interesting' and to serve interest their political or industrial sponsors
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2009-09-28 03:22 am (UTC)
how you use LJ has changed, this happens for everyone now that there are so many social networks. sounds like you trying to say as a medium to communicate with with close friends has come to an end or slowed greatly but you still use it to communicate to the larger group...you still do that.
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