Comparison of sites using the LiveJournal codebase

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This is a comparison of sites publicly accessible on the internet known to be using the LiveJournal codebase.

The LiveJournal web community is based on open source software for blogging and social networking, primarily written in Perl. Because of this, many other communities have been designed using the LiveJournal software. These sites have very similar features and formats to LiveJournal itself.[1] However, they often have different terms of service than LiveJournal's, making them attractive to users who have become disenchanted with LiveJournal's rules and wish to move their journals to other hosts.[2] Unlike the others on this list, Dreamwidth is a code fork of the Livejournal code.[3]

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General Information & Feature Comparison

Name Year Began Description/Focus Registered users Updated in past 30 days Registration Ability to syndicate off-site feeds Userpics Free Userpics Paid Monthly Cost for Paid Account Yearly Cost for Paid Account Permanent Account
Asks 2006 Japanese community Template:Nts [4] Template:Nts [4] Open Unknown 3 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Blurty 2002 General 18+ community Template:Nts [5] Template:Nts [5] Open to people 18 and over Paid only 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A
BootieJournal 2003 Private site Template:Nts [6] Template:Nts [6] Invite-only Unknown Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A
Caleida 2003 General journaling site Template:Ntsh Unknown Template:Ntsh Unknown Open All users 3 100 2.5 USD 20 USD N/A
CrazyLife 2003 General journaling community Template:Nts [7] Template:Nts [7] Open to people 13 and over All users Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A
DeadJournal 2001 Dark-themed community Template:Nts [8] Template:Nts [8] Invite-only or paid (OpenID) All users 5 50 2.5 USD 15 USD N/A
Dreamwidth 2008 Open-source social networking platform Template:Nts [9] Template:Nts [9] Invite-only or paid (OpenID)[10] All users[11] 15 [11] 100/250 [11] 3 USD[11] 35 to 50 USD[11] 200 USD[11]
Inksome 2007 18+ fandom-friendly community, formerly known as Scribblit Template:Nts [12] Template:Nts [12] Invite-only or paid Paid users and early contributors can create, free users can read 150[13] 300[13] 3 USD[14] 25 USD[14] 120 USD
InsaneJournal 2001 Insane asylum-themed community Template:Nts [15] Template:Nts [15] Open to people 13 and over (OpenID) Paid users can create, free users can read 100 250 N/A 20 USD N/A
Ivanovo 2005 Russian community Template:Nts [16] Template:Nts [16] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
IziBlog 2004 French & English community Template:Nts [17] Template:Nts [17] Open to people 13 and over (OpenID) All users 150 N/A N/A N/A N/A
JournalFen 2003 Fandom focused community for 18+ only Template:Nts [18] Template:Nts [18] Invite-only or paid Paid users can create, free users can read 10 500/1000 N/A 24/36 USD N/A
Kraslan 2006 Russian community Template:Nts [19] Template:Nts [19] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
LiveJourbal 2005 Gerbil-themed community Template:Nts [20] Template:Nts [20] Invite-only or paid (OpenID) Unknown 15 100 N/A N/A 25 USD
LiveJournal 1999 Original LiveJournal site Template:Nts [21] Template:Nts [21] Open to people 13 and over (OpenID) Paid users can create, free users can read 6 [free] or 15 [plus] 30 3 USD 19.95 USD 175 USD
Lj.Rossia.org 2005 Russian community. Allows to import entries from an LJ journal (even suspended) with comments. Template:Nts [22] Template:Nts [22] Open All users 100 N/A[23] N/A[23] N/A[23] N/A[23]
LostJournal 2005 General community Template:Nts [24] Template:Nts [24] Invite-only or paid (OpenID) Paid users can create, free users can read 3 15 Unknown Unknown Unknown
OpenWeblog 2005 Unknown Template:Nts [25] Template:Nts [25] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Scribbld 2007 General community Template:Nts [26] Template:Nts [26] Open (OpenID) Paid only 6 50 5 USD 20.00 USD N/A
Sviesta Ciba 2002 Latvian community Template:Nts [27] Template:Nts [27] Open to people 13 and over Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Name Year Began Description/Focus Registered users Updated in past 30 days Registration RSS Feeds Userpics Free Userpics Paid Monthly Cost for Paid Account Yearly Cost for Paid Account Permanent Account

Defunct Sites

These are sites that previously ran the LiveJournal codebase, but are either no longer available or have transitioned to using a different codebase.

Name Year Began Description/Focus Registered users Updated in past 30 days Registration Ability to syndicate off-site feeds Userpics Free Userpics Paid Monthly Cost for Paid Account Yearly Cost for Paid Account Permanent Account
Academ 2006 Russian community Template:Nts [28] Template:Nts [28] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
BlogEnglish 2007 Russian/English language study Template:Nts [29] Template:Nts [29] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
BlogOnline 2005 Russian community, defunct as of early 2008 Template:Nts [30] Template:Nts [30] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
CommieJournal 2007 General 18+ community, defunct as of late 2009[31] Template:Nts [32] Template:Nts [32] Open to people 18 and over N/A 100 500 5 USD 20 USD 75 USD
GreatestJournal 2003 Defunct;[33] formerly a roleplaying focused community Template:Nts prior to going down[34] N/A Disabled Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Isurgut 2004 Russian community Template:Nts [35] Template:Nts [35] Open Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
LiveLogCity 2003 General community Template:Nts [36] Template:Nts [36] Open N/A 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
uJournal / AboutMyLife 2002 uJournal went down in August 2004 due to a hardware failure.[37] As of March 2005, uJournal accounts and postings were restored, with a "uj_" prefix, as part of AboutMyLife, a different journaling service.[38] AboutMyLife seems to have gone down permanently around May 2007.[39] Template:Ntsh Unknown Template:Ntsh Zero Suspended Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Name Year Began Description/Focus Registered users Updated in past 30 days Registration RSS Feeds Userpics Free Userpics Paid Monthly Cost for Paid Account Yearly Cost for Paid Account Permanent Account

References

  1. Nussbaum, Emily (January 11, 2004), My so-called blog, New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A04E6D61531F932A25752C0A9629C8B63 : "While the sites that are hosts to online journals may attract different crowds, their formats vary only slightly: a LiveJournal is a Blurty is a Xanga is a DeadJournal is a DiaryLand."
  2. McCullagh, Declan (May 30, 2007), Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt, CNet News.com, http://news.com.com/Mass+deletion+sparks+LiveJournal+revolt/2100-1025_3-6187619.html .
  3. What are Dreamwidth's new features?, Retrieved 2009-05-12, http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=120 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Asks (accessed 18 May 2009)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blurty (accessed 18 May 2009)
  6. 6.0 6.1 BootieJournal (accessed 18 May 2009)
  7. 7.0 7.1 CrazyLife (accessed 18 May 2009)
  8. 8.0 8.1 DeadJournal (accessed 17 Octobe 2009)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dreamwidth (accessed 8 December 2009)
  10. Dreamwidth FAQ (accessed 1 May 2009)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Dreamwidth FAQ (accessed 14 April 2009)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Inksome (accessed 18 May 2009)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Userpics!". Inksome News Journal. 2008-06-18. http://www.inksome.com/users/news/1835.html. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Kit Peters (2009-07-10). "State of IS". http://www.inksome.com/users/staff_kit/20726.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 InsaneJournal (accessed 10 November 2009)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ivanovo (accessed 18 May 2009)
  17. 17.0 17.1 IziBlog (accessed 27 December 2009)
  18. 18.0 18.1 JournalFen (accessed 18 May 2009)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kraslan (accessed 18 May 2009)
  20. 20.0 20.1 LiveJourbal (accessed 9 June 2008)
  21. 21.0 21.1 LiveJournal (accessed 18 May 2009)
  22. 22.0 22.1 lj rossia (accessed 18 May 2009)
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 "Donations" (in Russian). Lj.Rossia.org. http://lj.rossia.org/paidaccounts/index.bml. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 LostJournal (accessed 18 May 2009)
  25. 25.0 25.1 OpenWeblog (accessed 2009-04-11)
  26. 26.0 26.1 Scribbld (accessed 18 May 2009)
  27. 27.0 27.1 Sviesta Ciba (accessed 18 May 2009)
  28. 28.0 28.1 Academ (accessed 9 June 2008)
  29. 29.0 29.1 BlogEnglish (accessed 9 June 2008)
  30. 30.0 30.1 BlogOnline (accessed 18 May 2009)
  31. magyar_saman (September 13, 2009), "Sorry for this", CommieJournal News, archived from the original on 2009-09-13, http://www.webcitation.org/5jlkqP1Y0 
  32. 32.0 32.1 CommieJournal (accessed 13 September 2009)
  33. As of January 7, 2009, accessing GreatestJournal produces a 403 error with the message "please use LiveJournal instead"; see also discussion of the situation on JournalFen.
  34. GreatestJournal (accessed 9 June 2008)
  35. 35.0 35.1 Isurgut (accessed 23 March 2008)
  36. 36.0 36.1 LiveLogCity (accessed 9 June 2008)
  37. Message from uJournal staffer Brandon Thomas, August 18, 2004.
  38. Posting by ksolaris, March 3, 2005.
  39. How long? About My Life Forums (accessed 22 May 2008).

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