Friends Feed customization, new redesigned iPhone app
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello, everyone!

We wanted to let you know we've just added a bunch of new customization options to the Friends Feed page. Full details are available in the latest lj-releases post.

A new fully redesigned version of the LiveJournal iPhone App has also been released. If you downloaded the redesigned version when it first appeared in the Apple store a few weeks ago, we've pushed another update which will fix many of the bugs which were present in the app, so we strongly advise updating to the newest version. Please note that this version of the LiveJournal app only works for phones running iOS 7.

New iPad, Android, and Windows Phone apps will also be released soon!

That's all for this week, have a great weekend!

Roundup of recent news: Promo options, Google Search, and Writer's Block
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello, everyone!

Quite a bit has changed lately, and we wanted to do a quick roundup of everything that's been happening!

1) In last week's release, two new options for promoting content were added that we think could use a bit more explanation than we provided in the Release notes: the Calendar Promo and the Auction Promo features.

Auction Promo

The Auction Promo feature allows you to immediately promote your entry, journal, or community in the relevant sections of the LiveJournal homepage. There are separate auctions for the top spot on the homepage for the Top Entry, Top Journal, and Top Community modules. All auctions start at 100 LiveJournal Tokens and increase in price if another user bids for the same item.

Calendar Promo

The Calendar Promo feature allows you to promote an entry on the LiveJournal homepage at a specific time & date in the future (up to 2 months out). Unlike the Auction Promo, once you have purchased a time slot, you cannot lose it to someone else. Full details on how this all works can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faq/373.html. You can purchase a time slot in the LiveJournal Shop.

Both of these promotional features are designed to make it easier for other people to find your content who might otherwise never see it. For example, if you have a community you really want new members for, you can purchase the Top Community spot to try and get the attention of potential new members. Similarly, if you are working on a story and would like more feedback from the LJ community, purchasing the Top Entry spot might make this easier. If you're posting a series of entries on a topic that interests you, and you'd like more interaction on your posts, purchasing the Top Journal spot might make this easier.

In general, if you have an entry you want as many people as possible to read, using the Calendar Promo to schedule a spot for it, or buying the current time through the Auction Promo can both be great ways to get more people reading your post.

Please comment to let us know if you have any feedback about how the Promo features can be improved to meet your needs!

2) Today's release brought Google Search to the site, added several important menu options that were missing from the site navigation menu, and changed the length of time before accounts are purged to 60 days (from 30) after an account is deleted.

3) We also announced plans to return the Writer's Block last week. If you haven't already, please take a look and comment with any feedback you have on how the feature should work!

That's all for now, but keep an eye on lj_releases as we'll have an update on Friends Feed customization options soon!

Round-up of recent LJ news
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello, everyone!

We've made some exciting changes in the last couple weeks and we want to make sure you have all the details, so let's get right to them!

Recent Releases
  • We're very happy to let you know that your Friends page is staying! We've heard you about wanting to keep the current version of your Friends page (styled the same as your journal itself), so you can now keep your current Friends page style even in the redesigned version of the site!

    -- This URL (http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/friends) will continue to show your current Friends page style.

    -- This URL (http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/feed) will show the new redesigned Friends feed style.

    This release also fixed an issue with the Edit Journal Privacy tool, allowing Plus/Paid/Permanent users to once again edit the security of past entries all at once. (This issue only affected the use of the mass privacy editing tool itself; the actual security of entries was never at risk.) This release also added the ability to add your Links List as a widget to the new Friends feed, so check out this release post for all the details!

  • Comment subject lines are back for the system style comment pages! Comment subject lines are now an option you can turn on or off for your journal or community. This release also made it easier to reach the full options page when adding memories (so you can categorize and choose keywords when adding a memory), so head on over to this release post for all the info.

  • Lastly, today's minor release lets you change the order of displayed widgets on the new Friends feed. A few bugs were also fixed, so check out this release post for the full list.


Feedback
We're continuing to use the lj_feedback community to get your thoughts on things, and you've been great about providing detailed responses to our recent posts -- thank you! We're still going through all of your great responses to our most recent post about how to make it easier to find new friends and interesting communities on LiveJournal, so be sure to comment and give us your ideas if you haven't done so yet (or if you've thought of something new to add).


Keep Up with All the News
For all the details about changes to LiveJournal as they happen, be sure to watch the lj_releases community. We'll also continue to ask for your opinions in lj_feedback, so you may want to keep it on your watch list as well! You can choose to watch or track these communities using the links in the light blue option bar on their Profile pages.

So that's it for now! Have a great weekend, and we'll see you again soon! :)

Release #116
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theljstaff wrote in news
Release #116 has landed, bringing with it the return of comment subject lines to the system style commenting pages! Head on over to lj_releases for all the details of this and the other features/fixes included in this release.

We also wanted to thank you for your continued responses to our posts in lj_feedback recently. We'll continue to get your thoughts and ideas on new features or general questions about your use of LiveJournal there, so be sure to track or join that community to keep up with everything there.

Thank you!

Reviving lj_feedback community
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This is just a quick news post to let you know we're going to be reviving the lj_feedback community. Be sure to join, watch, or track that community to follow the action there.

To get things started, a new entry has been posted there today about a possible new feature, so head on over to weigh in with your input and suggestions!

Site redesign feedback
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We wanted to post here to let you know that we've been reading your feedback, to show you what the most common feedback we have received is, and to give you an opportunity to let us know what else we may have missed. So far, what we know is:

1) You don't like how everything just suddenly changed with no warning or initial announcement.

2) The colors are too light. Especially with regards to comment pages (both header colors and the grey text color), text entered into the Update page, the entry page text, and links/lj tags which you have visited look too similar to those you haven't.

3) You want more customization options for the friends feed. You want to be able to change more than just the background color/image, and also want to change the text colors, link colors, other foreground colors, etc.

4) Margins need to be fixed on entry pages. There is a small margin on the left side of the page, then a very large one on the right side. This problem is further compounded when you see that the comments on the same page don't follow the same margins.

5) You don't find the homepage very useful. The Ratings/Top LJ feature isn't very good at identifying interesting content, and it commonly shows entries that are in Russian.

6) The Social capital & Ratings sections on profiles aren't relevant and take up too much space. The statistics column itself is taking up too much space on the page.

7) The sidebar on the Friends feed should be removed if all widgets have been hidden, allowing feed content to take up this space.

8) The widget for LiveJournal Today on the Friends Feed should respect the setting for "show multiple entries from same community" from the homepage/main Ratings, and the default behavior should be to show only 1 entry per user/community.

9) The rounded corners of userpics aren't well liked.

10) The lj-cut should still have customizable text.

11) Links to Scrapbook and the Upload userpics page are needed in the site menu. The current display of data on the menu page is also confusing. Here is an alternate list of how the menu could potentially appear that we would like your feedback on (Is this better? What should change? What's missing?)

My Journal:

Friends Feed
Post new entry
My entries (your recent entries page)
Profile
Scrapbook
Statistics
Memories
Logout

Discovery:

Ratings/TopLJ
Community Directory
Friends of Friends

Help:

FAQ
Support
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
DMCA
About

Tools & Settings:

Settings
Edit profile
Journal Style
Edit Friends
Manage custom friends groups
Manage tags
Scheduled entries
Manage communities
Banned users

We know that things changing abruptly can be frustrating, and that we don't have the greatest track record when it comes to making changes based on your feedback. We're working on changing that, and want you to know that we are taking all of your feedback on the redesign very seriously, and will be making changes based on it.

LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed
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theljstaff wrote in news

Dear users,

As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

We are happy to confirm that LiveJournal is not vulnerable and has not been affected at all.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 months we have been working hard to deploy many security features to protect user data.

Nevertheless, even though LiveJournal was not affected by the Heartbleed bug, changing your password is still a good idea, especially if you use similar passwords on other sites whose data may have been compromised. If you haven't changed your password in the last year, we recommend that you do so now.

Release 106 is now live
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theljstaff wrote in news
With release 106, the page for managing your tags has been updated. It now includes the following abilities:

1) You can now merge tags. When you rename a tag to another tag name which already exists, it will combine those two tags into a single tag using the name you specify.

2) You can select up to 10 of your tags and enter new tag names to add to all entries which use one or more of those selected tags.

If you run into any issues using this new page, please comment to this entry in lj_releases to let us know. Thanks!

Redesigned LiveJournal Home Page
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theljstaff wrote in news
A redesigned version of the LiveJournal homepage is now live! You can read a full description of the new page and its functionality by visiting this entry in lj_releases.

Release 105 is now live!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Release 105 is now live for the LiveJournal site.

New features:
-- Communities can now have custom security groups created for them. Only community owners and maintainers can create or post to custom security groups for the community. A new security level of 'maintainers' has also been created, which can be used by the community owner/maintainers to post entries that will only be visible to the current owner/maintainers of the community.

-- Community owners & maintainers can now opt to receive pingback notifications when their community is mentioned by others on LiveJournal.

Bug fixes:
-- Notifications are now sent correctly for replies to anonymous comments.
-- Incorrect profile page friend & membership counts are fixed.
-- Links to ICQ accounts in the External Services section of the profile no longer link to an invalid URL.
-- If a user you have banned uses your username in an entry or comment, it will no longer generate a pingback notification.

Please see this post in lj_releases for full information and links to the pages where community maintainers can set up these new features.

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