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Types of LJ Posts 
23rd-Mar-2010 08:45 am
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A poll about how you use your Livejournal... Do you filter posts? Do you use it to communicate with family members? Do you write private posts that only you can see? Etcetera.



Poll #1541968 Types of LJ Posts

In which of the following ways do you use your personal Livejournal?

I write some public posts.
0(0.0%)
I write only public posts.
0(0.0%)
I write no public posts.
0(0.0%)
I write some friends-locked posts.
0(0.0%)
I write only friends-locked posts.
1(1.1%)
I write no friends-locked posts.
0(0.0%)
I write some private posts.
0(0.0%)
I write only private posts.
1(1.1%)
I write no private posts.
0(0.0%)
I filter some posts.
0(0.0%)
I filter all posts.
0(0.0%)
I filter no posts.
0(0.0%)
Some of my LJ friends are family members.
0(0.0%)
Some of my LJ friends are people I knew in real life before I knew them on LJ.
0(0.0%)
Traffic at my livejournal seems slower than usual lately.
0(0.0%)
Traffic at my livejournal seems to have increased lately.
0(0.0%)
My friends' page contains less updates than usual lately.
0(0.0%)
My friends' page contains more updates than usual lately.
0(0.0%)



An additional question for the comments section if you feel like pondering. Do you think Facebook is taking people away from Livejournal? Have you noticed a decrease in comments/readership/friend updates? I've heard some chatter about this subject and wonder what the general consensus is.
Comments 
23rd-Mar-2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I disliked Facebook and hardly ever used it, until very recently. Now, I alternate between copying and pasting entries between LJ and FB, and just using FB. Occasionally, I'll post an entry on LJ only
23rd-Mar-2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
If I have a public entry, sometimes I will post a link on Facebook. But I have a feeling nobody bothers to click the link. And if they do, they certainly aren't telling me that they did.
23rd-Mar-2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
My friends page is about the same as normal, except there seems to be more community posts and less friends-posts, but it is really hard to say. Also, I use facebook, but I don't do any journaling there. WAAAAAY to many people would be able to see it and it would be more of a pain to lock stuff up.
23rd-Mar-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think FB is definitely taking people away from LJ. I find myself updating my status there much more often than LJ because I have more friends there, plus MANY, MANY family members, and it's easier to update there.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
It seems like the content might not be the same, though -- or is it for you? Most of my "friends" on Facebook write about:

- that they are hungry
- what they just ate
- what they are going to eat
- what location they are currently standing at (i.e., "waiting at the doctor's office," "on a hot date with my hubby!")
- specific messages to one other person that for some reason was not sent as an email (i.e., "to my husband -- please pick up milk on your way home from work today")
- oversharing of very private information (i.e., "looks like my period just arrived,")

There are some more interesting ones (at least, to me interesting) interspersed in there, but in general, I cannot even think of a way to interact with most people.

And one person (who I do not know but only know through some game we both play) updates every couple of hours about how much she misses the other half of her ♥, along with a Bible quote and possibly a dissertation about how these two ♥s are going to be so much stronger when they are back together. EVERY TWO HOURS.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I use Facebook to keep up with what people I know in RL are doing and for making short, slightly inane declarations. LJ, on the other hand, I use for writing great long rambling posts about whatever bee's in my bonnet at the time, and I do so in front of an audience of people I've largely never met. I spend a long time writing my LJ posts but I know most of them are probably tl;dr and don't expect to get much (or anything) in the way of comments. It's mostly an outlet for me to write what I'm thinking, whether anyone reads it or not. Facebook, on the other hand, generates plenty of comments, but sometimes I despair of the inanity of it all. And of course Facebook doesn't have the whole Communities aspect. So I use them for different purposes. To date, I don't think I've considered anything important enough to post on both sites.

But to put it simply, I think most of my Facebook friends couldn't be arsed with something like LJ, so it's rather a different audience and I wouldn't stop using one site on account of the other.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
What I don't like about Facebook is that there is no way to have a conversation back and forth about a status update. It's just a long list of comments without anyway to really interact individually. MASS CHAOS.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
I can't bring myself to use FaceBook for much of anything. I'd be lying if I claimed to care about most of the inane content being distributed via the one-line posting services, so why should I burden people I know with my own contributions? I also feel extremely uncomfortable posting anything remotely personal to FaceBook, which is followed mostly by disant family, former students I've taught, and acquaintances I don't otherwise communicate with.

It actually saddens me in a way that so many people prefer a venue where they write snippits about what they're doing for a broad audience as opposed to longer compositions about what they think or feel for themselves. Self reflection is an important part of personal growth and it's going out of style in a lot of ways. A LiveJournal will be of more value to me in ten years than a series of FaceBook updates.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
What you say is exactly what I love about Livejournal. I enjoy reading humorous posts and reflective posts and really getting to know people. Half the people who post things to Facebook are so cryptic that I have no idea what they are actually trying to say. Like, "the baby is finally here!" -- did you just have a baby? Who had a baby? Is it a human baby? Just enough information to be confusing and make me feel like I have no idea what is going on with anybody on there! Even my own family!
23rd-Mar-2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Curiously, I know a few who moved to Facebook, then (for various reasons) moved back to LJ, but probably an equal number who decamped LJ for FB.
23rd-Mar-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify: My journal's minimum security settings are set to Friends-only, so about 99% of my entries are Friends-only. 0.5% of those are Public (in case I want to share a game review or a PSA to others), and another 0.5% are Private (mostly entry drafts that I never got around to finishing editing and posting for real).

Haven't noticed a substantial change in the amount of traffic or entries on my Friends page. It comes and goes in waves, depending on the day of the week, the time of the year, and so on.

Don't know about Facebook (I myself have never had a Facebook account), but a lot of my friends are talking about Plurk, so if any site would be "taking away users," it'd probably be that. *Shrug*

Edited at 2010-03-23 03:37 pm (UTC)
23rd-Mar-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Not sure if it's because of Facebook, or even possibly Twitter, but there's definitely less updates on my flist.

Could just be that people get tired of LJ for awhile, and give it a rest, then come back later.
23rd-Mar-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Interesting that most people seem to be experiencing a slow down in traffic on Livegerbil lately. I've definitely noticed it.
23rd-Mar-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't say I've noticed a change in the amount of updates in my friends list. I know that I personally have been away from the computer more often lately, so my updates have decreased to maybe one every two weeks or so - but I read daily.

I prefer to use Facebook for menial updates as opposed to big things - those I take to LJ, as I like being able to discuss them in more depth. I never "journal" at Facebook - it's far too public for me.

That being said I use Twitter like there's no tomorrow.
23rd-Mar-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
elyse -- part of the problem, not part of the solution. <3

I have noticed you've been away a lot. And I understand why. I'm not sure if that is the typical reason people aren't posting as much, though...
23rd-Mar-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
One thing about facebook is that you really can't go back in time. Right now, I have been working on reading through my LJ. I started at the beginning and have been reading through entries when I have some free time. It has been an interesting progression to watch my "readership" change and also my writing style/topics. Also, wow, the "boring" entries are my favorite ones! I am trying to make a point of writing more boring entries that will hopefully be interesting later. :-)
23rd-Mar-2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I hardly see people posting longer notes on Facebook, but other I see many putting their smaller post on FB as well as their photo posts.
23rd-Mar-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
My Facebook account is for real life only, my Livejournal account is for real life in more detail and fannish stuff, which is just for me. None of my real-life friends or family know about my Livejournal activity. It's like two different parts of my life, and I intend to keep it that way.

There is one person who I've met on LJ and who's also my friend on Facebook, but that's it.
24th-Mar-2010 05:06 am (UTC)
I've noticed I'm using Facebook A LOT more than that LJ lately, even though in reality I prefer LJ. Facebook is easier to update when you have limited time, and it's a way to kill two birds with one stone since my Facebook friends are made up of real life family & friends and LJ friends. Right now my life is hectic, so it's much easier to leave a status update than to write it all out, though status updates are much less therapeutic!
24th-Mar-2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
That makes sense.

People seem more critical on Facebook than on LJ. (Wait. Could that even be possible???) Yesterday I saw someone post about looking to buy a new house and a thousand people commented on all the things that could go wrong and how she was going to get screwed, etc., etc. Which I guess is saying more than I did with my "best of luck" comment, but...ouch!
24th-Mar-2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
All of my public posts update directly onto Facebook. I used to have all of my entries just public, but there's stuff on livejournal I don't want people on Facebook to see, so I f-lock those.
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