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I don't believe that nothing on the Internet will last forever any more than I believe nothing on Earth will last forever.

Er, that was convoluted. Spurred by this statement, I feel compelled to say that I don't see any reason to believe that certain Internet institutions should not last at least as long as their tangible counterparts. Businesses that last in the physical world that have staying power because they are founded on some higher principle than making a buck. There's really no reason why ether-business shouldn't be the same way.

And again, I talk as if anyone listens to me. ::shrug:: It's really just tuppence for my own future reference.


Like dear old Hypermart. Going from a great, free hosting service (where I got a free paid account for my services rendered to them) to a crappy free hosting service to a hosting service that started to put up restrictions to a hosting service that sold out and released customer data (for its free customers) and finally to a hosting service that just ended its free hosting all together.

And usa.net. I used to have all my e-mail go there. Then they went belly-up in terms of free service. And then bigfoot.com, too. So I've so far had to go through two rounds of massive e-mail address changes because of that (telling ppl that my old address is dead and to use some new address).

Only real solution is to be self-reliant.

Sort of reminds me of 1997, when I was alternately (a) screaming glee about Juno (b) screaming glee about Netzero (c) screaming glee that Juno finally started providing web service (d) screaming at both of them, 'cos they sucked.

Who owns internet connections, anyway?


Yep, I agree - no business, physical, digital, or otherwise can be expected to maintain static approach and succeed. This doesn't mean that a business can't undergo transition without maintaining credibility, transparency of operation, and honor.

Where the user on slashdot seems worried about user information sales, technically covered under the privacy agreement, I'd be more worried if a hitherto open and transparent operation became clouded in areas of privacy and operating model.

Using Livejournal as an example, the transition to Six Apart is a leap of faith, both for LJ as a company and for the users - but the transition has been undertaken in an extremely open and visible manner. It strikes me that privacy and profit here is far less troublesome than most other ventures, and that as a result of that LJ stands a good chance of maintaining operations for as long as user interest exists and the parent company continues to take in money.

Sure, making money is necessary to maintain operations, but it helps that the underlying principals of LJ are one of its main selling points, and that so far they've mannaged to avoid gouging and remarketing.

Privacy, however, is relative. Any user info not locked can be viewed by anyone. Writing a robot to walk user directories to harvest email addresses - please, allow me to laugh at the tabbed email security - is too bloody simple. It doesn't even require direct access to the LJ servers.

For that matter, I think privacy is a matter of degree anyhow. If I don't want my information getting out, I don't publish it - I'm not worried about resale, I'm simply aware that errors happen.

Re: Changeover.

Perhaps it's telling that I yet consider LJ as a "service", rather than a "company" (or, God help us, "corporation".) The foundation of good (successful) business is good value - whether the user/client feels like they're getting what they deserve for their money (or, in the case of free services, for their time spent using it.)

For example, when I think about it, paying $2 for a cup of coffee seems a trifle ridiculous. But when the coffee comes served in a venue with occasional live music and fistfuls of squashy couches, I'm more than willing to buy coffee and often some other kind of food as well. The employees like what they do, like their place of work, and by extension seem inclined to like me as well. There's a foundation of goodwill there. And (to tie back to LJ) should someday the owner of said venue decide to sell or otherwise modify the business, I would trust them - based on the fact that they've proven themselves to not be idiots - to have made the right decision, and continue to give them my business long enough at least to see and evaluate the new thing for myself.

This acquisition as a whole has helped me to consider that my former attitude on small businesses being bought by larger businesses (ie, that it was invariably horrid & evil) was perhaps crassly capitalistic. Brad & co stuck to their guns even though none of them (I assume) really WANTED to run a business. In the end, I suspect that Brad has gotten himself in a roundabout way exactly where he wanted to be: doing something he enjoys, and making decent money for it (possibly better money even than he would have expected five or six years ago.) And how can anyone call foul on that?

While I know very little of the internal workings of spiders, robots, etc., I do concur with the sentiments of your privacy statement. If you are adamantly opposed to someone (anyone) reading/knowing/stealing it, keep it to yourself. The end.