Design changes and movie night!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi all! We've just done another code release to the site and wanted to give you a quick rundown of the changes.

Adaptive site menu

The main site menu has been changed so that it will react to your browser's window size. As your browser window becomes smaller, the menu will as well. This will improve the usability of the site menu for both mobile devices and people using low screen resolutions or small browser windows.

Settings page

The settings page has a new tab on it which has links to many of the commonly used management options on the site. If you're ever wondering where the link is to manage various features of the site, this will be a great place to look first.

New icons for Update Journal page

We've updated the icons for the Update Journal page. This is a purely cosmetic change, so everything functions as it did before, but the new icons should make it easier to see what that icon is used for.

LJ Movie night

We've created a new community over at lj_movienight where you can watch a movie every week with other people on LiveJournal! Movies will start at a specific time so everyone pushes play at the same time to watch it together and comment about it along the way.

Every week people nominate what they'd like to see, and then a poll is posted to the community to pick the final movie to watch. This week's poll is up here so feel free to vote on which movie you'd like to see!

We're using movies available on the Netflix catalog, for now, to try and ensure as many people as possible can easily watch the movie. So stock up on popcorn, head on over to lj_movienight, and have some fun!

Video hosting is here!
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theljstaff wrote in news
We're pleased to announce the launch of video hosting on LiveJournal! (Note: This feature is only visible if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site.)

You can view your video albums by going to [yourusername].livejournal.com/video. When you first get there, you'll see options to both upload a video and to create video albums. Once you've had a chance to add some videos to an album, it will look a bit more like the images under the cut.

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You can upload videos directly through the Albums page, and can also upload new videos or embed your existing videos directly to your entries & comments using the Insert Media button as shown in the following image. [click to expand]

Your video albums also have our standard set of privacy options (Public, Friends Only, Private, and Custom), and these privacy options extend to all videos in each album. If a video has a higher privacy level than an entry where it is posted, a placeholder message will be shown instead. The placeholder text will inform the viewer they don't have the necessary access to view the video.

There are currently no limits to the size of videos that can be uploaded other than your account's total storage limit which you can review on the Settings page.

We hope you enjoy the new feature, and please let us know if you have any problems or feedback about the new video hosting!

LJ Maps has launched, Writer's Block is back, and Twelve Days of ONTD are upon us!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hello all, we have several exciting things to announce today!

LJ Maps

First off, we have a new feature, LJ Maps which lets you see what other people on LiveJournal have to say about the places they have visited.

LJ Maps

You can use LJ maps to view photos of the various cities, parks, beaches, historical landmarks, and other attractions around the world and see what other LiveJournal members have written about it.

You can also find more details and get a special V-Gift over at lj_maps, and read more about how to use the map in the LJ Maps FAQ. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

Writer's Block

We're very happy to announce the return of the Writer's Block to LiveJournal! Head on over to the LiveJournal homepage to check out the Writer's Block module in the upper right corner -- you can also add it directly onto your Friends feed as a widget! (Note that the homepage module and feed widget will only display if you are using the redesigned version of the LiveJournal site. It will not appear in the older version of the site. If you're using the older version of the site, you can follow the writersblock community to see and answer each day's question.)

A quick guide to using the new Writer's Block:

  • Answering the question of the day will post an entry to your journal at the security level you choose -- you can select from all the normal security options for your post, including your custom groups. If you select the Public security level, you can additionally select whether or not you want to have your answer appear at the reply page for that question. (The reply count shown in the module will count all entries created to answer the question, but only Public answers are shown at the reply page. So if the count shows "10" but only 7 answers appear at the answer page, it's because three of the entries were non-public.)

  • If you don't want to post an entry in your journal but still want to answer the question, you can do so at the writersblock community -- all questions are cross-posted there and can be commented on just like any other community entry.

  • Read other users' public answers and comment to find new friends.

  • You can also suggest your own questions at any time (up to two per day).

If you need more help finding these links in the module, check out this graphic: [click here]



The first question will stay up for a few days as we check things over and make sure everything is working smoothly when more people are answering the questions. New questions will then be posted every weekday, starting next Monday.

12 days of ONTD

ohnotheydidnt is hosting 'Twelve Days of ONTD' this year! Each day until Christmas, you can join in the free-for-all posts for a chance to win a LiveJournal paid account. On Christmas Day, ohnotheydidnt is giving away a special gift to one lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment for a chance to win, so let loose and have fun! You can check out all of the Twelve Days of ONTD posts here.

Thank you all and happy holidays!

Welcome Stan Lee!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi everyone!

We're very pleased to announce that Stan Lee has joined LiveJournal! Welcome to LiveJournal, therealstanlee -- check out his journal to keep up with all the news, stories, and exciting announcements he'll be making there.

Stan Lee is known to millions of us as the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of other super heroes that have propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry.

As many of you already know, Stan is involved with a huge comic expo each year in Los Angeles called Comikaze Expo, one of the largest comic conventions in the country. This year, we're thrilled to let you know that Stan will be visiting the LiveJournal booth at Comikaze Expo on Saturday, where 10 lucky fans will have a chance to meet him in person! If you're in L.A. this weekend at the Expo, swing by our booth and enter the raffle for this chance to win an awesome fan experience.

Thanks! :)

LiveJournal app now available on Amazon!
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theljstaff wrote in news
Hi all,

Some of you were asking in our last update if we would be releasing a version of the LiveJournal app for Amazon devices. Well, the answer is yes and it is available now!

Just head over to Amazon to install the app!

LiveJournal apps, new headquarters, and a lawsuit
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theljstaff wrote in news
New Apps

Earlier this week, we announced that a redesigned version of the LiveJournal app for Android has been released, the redesigned iOS app has undergone a major update, and that the older version of the app will be re-released soon as LiveJournal Classic. Check the full release notes out over here!

LiveJournal Video

We asked for your feedback a few weeks ago about a new video we made to help describe what LiveJournal is to people who might not be familiar with it. We've made a few minor adjustments to fix some typos/grammatical issues based on your feedback. The new version can be seen below, please feel free to help spread the word about LiveJournal and share the video with your friends!



New headquarters

Our main headquarters has moved! Don't worry, we're still located in San Francisco, we've just relocated into a bigger space to accommodate our growing team.

ONTD Lawsuit

As you may have seen, LiveJournal was sued by Mavrix, a photography agency who was the copyright holder of several images which had been posted to Oh No They Didn't! (ONTD). We are glad to report that the district court ruled in LiveJournal's favor. For those interested in reading the decision, it is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/240594730/Mavrix-v-Livejournal-Summary-Judgment-Order.

The point we want to address today, however, is that during this process moderators & maintainers of ONTD felt harassed & threatened, and Mavrix attempted to force us to reveal their identities. It was our opinion that community moderators should not be forced to reveal their identities or be subjected to harassment for content posted by other members of that community. We take your privacy seriously here, tirelessly fought all requests for this information, and were not required to release any information about any member of LiveJournal as part of this lawsuit.



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!

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