December 11th, 2003

Andrei in the office

LJ News: No more invite codes

Well the folk at LJ central are going to take the step. Invite codes are going away.

This is an interesting step for Live journal as it opens up the service to a broader base of users. It also will open an interesting can of worms (username collecting)

So we'll see how things go. Check the link for more info and commentary.
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Andrei in the office

Suggested Paid members new product: 25 block interests

This is an original idea that has been cross posted to lj_biz.

One of the functions that most catches my attention on LJ and seems to be one of the largest resource drains is the interest list. This is capped at 150 per user regardless of level (free, paid, perm). Each logged in user polling userinfo.bml does an immediate list-to-list compare in order to generate the links. The links for an interest now give a list that represents .07% That is. Throttling 1.5 Million users to 1000: 500 Communities and 500 Users.

The discussion on an earlier post to this community discusses the resource needs of trying to compile this data on the fly and of course this simply comes down to use of function vs. revenue to supply the equipment to do the task.

While I don't have hard and fast data (though I'm willing to try to write some analytical software to supply said data), I would estimate that at least 1/2 of the 'active' users (interpret active as you will) are sitting up against this 150 interest ceiling. This suggests there is at least demand to increase that limit. Doing so costs processor time. So, this would seem the perfect place to allow users to push a revenue stream into LJ. It seems to have worked well with user icons which is another purchase to expand function. Whereas with interests, the cost is more storage space that computational.

I'd be interested to hear some commentary on the possibliity, likelihood, and even the limitations that this idea has. I do not know a great deal of the internals of LiveJournal and can only many educated guesses as to the specifics of the resource needs for this.

Thanks

EDIT: The moderators of lj_biz approved this post.
Andrei in the office

Memetime redux: Hugs?!?!

Okay. I'm amazed, impressed, shocked, um... bewildered.

I cribbed the hug meme that I posted from kyrene, who has amassed some 1300 hugs. I do realize that it's easy to give 10 or 20 hugs as it's merely a simple refresh.

But when I looked today I was utterly astonished to discover that I had warranted over 400 hugs. While I understand people's anonymity in this cute little web toy. I gotta admit I'm really curious. I was expecting maybe 50 :)

So yeah.. kinda giddy ;)
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