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Excite [May. 25th, 2000|04:22 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I just got an email from a Manager of Operations at Excite Corporation (@excitecorp.com) about LiveJournal .... of course they really just wanted to know their lost password, so I directed them to the lost password page, but I hinted they should buy/fund LiveJournal from me one day in the future. :-P

Update: The manager at Excite mailed me back, saying, "I forwarded the URL onto product management. Who knows. It's an awesome service. Thanks for providing it!" I know this is wildly far-fetched, but wouldn't that be awesome if Excite bought it (assuming I had some control over how much they bastardize it) and I had shitloads of resources for developing it more? Based on the latest usage stats, we're going to need more hardware pretty soon here..... I should start to think how I can make money off this site to pay for more expansion, without pissing off users... that's always the hard part.

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From: (Anonymous)
2000-05-25 04:35 pm (UTC)

congratulations!

sounds cool. don't make and decisions to quickly. i bet in time there will be more than one offer, then you can take the best one. then you could get a bundle of money, or at least some funding and support.

keep up the good work!!!
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-05-25 04:58 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

Don't worry, I generally do the opposite...

I've got tons of offers on FreeVote.com over the years, but I always turn them down. I'm always cautious of people killing my babies. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2000-05-25 05:21 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

good for you. you seem really smart, so i am pretty confident that you know what you are doing and will do the right thing.
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From: (Anonymous)
2000-05-25 05:21 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

One company (who shall go unnamed) wanted to buy EtherLife.net from me, when asked how much control over my comic I'd have they said "we would control the characters, merchandise and anything else that bears it's likeness now and in the future." I kind of stared at that statement and went: "ehhhh....as lovely as that sounds I think I'll pass..."
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From: evan
2000-05-25 06:32 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

> > keep up the good work!!!
> Don't worry, I generally do the opposite...

heheeh.
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2000-05-25 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

And what exactly makes you think that that a buyer would be interested in killing the baby that they just bought!? I mean, think about it: a smart investor would be interested in improving a recently-acquired property.

Not that I'm claiming that there are many brains about in the crazy dot-com investment arena, but consider that maybe, just maybe, a buyer would actually "get it".

Think about it. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-05-25 09:50 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

Oh, I don't doubt there are brains out there..... it's just that none have yet to come my way.
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2000-05-25 10:17 pm (UTC)

Re: congratulations!

WOW!! ... You really like pushing your luck, don't you?
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From: (Anonymous)
2000-05-26 09:02 am (UTC)

Awww...

They're your babies...how cute!!
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[User Picture]From: nick
2000-05-25 04:36 pm (UTC)

idea

make people go to a site with 30 pop-up windows and make them click on 2 of them to find their user name and password so that they can set up a live journal page and change these every 2 hours so that every time someone wants to update their booth they have to click links. :-p
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-05-25 04:58 pm (UTC)

Re: idea

where'd ya get that wonderful idea? surfin' a lot of porn sites at work lately, nick? :)
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2000-05-25 11:47 pm (UTC)

Re: idea

Porn site just sucks. They pop out is NEVER-ENDING. :-P
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[User Picture]From: billy
2000-05-25 11:29 pm (UTC)
I told you I will give you my tractor for freevote. You can control the bastardization.
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[User Picture]From: scottfreeman
2000-05-26 01:37 am (UTC)

An Idea For Funding

How about three schemes for payment/adverts?

1. The user selects NO advertisements at all.
- Only 30 days history in the calendar.
- No message-board feature.

2. The user select small banner advertisment.
- Full history in calnedar.
- No message-board feature.

3. The user selects big banner advertisement.
- Full history in calendar.
- Message-board feature.

Just an idea - I don't know about finance and stuff, so it ight need work. But that's my 2p. And I suppose a few people will be willing to pay you for a full service without adverts.

But if you have to include adverts, let people place the code! That is what pisses me off about adverts... they are always placed mid-table or something and totally throw off all my pretty HTML.
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[User Picture]From: kelley
2000-05-26 05:59 am (UTC)
I went through the same thing recently, with someone wanting to buy out my online venture. I decided against it because like you - I don't want anything to tamper with my "baby". The money they'd throw my way would be less than worth it if they changed the concept, etc. One thing that is on my site though that is amazing is I have very simple banner ads on the top. They aren't intrusive, they aren't overwhelming, and I've made a ton of cash to keep my site up (and extra as well). I use www.advertising.com, if you're interested in checking it out.

You offer such an amazing service, I don't think that too many people would feel bothered by the ads. Especially if it helps to keep the service free and online. :)
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2000-05-26 08:11 am (UTC)

more hardware

Hmmm... we have a few servers, if that'll help.
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