I'm not going to bother with what I think of all this, as my usual initial reaction to LJ drama is "OH GOD WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE" until I've had a chance to calm down. Instead, I want to talk about why all this matters to me. Not just this announcement, but everything that's been happening to LJ in recent years. The sale to SUP. The removal and return of Basic accounts. The "rare" permanent sales turning into "annual" permanent sales. The new profile pages. Everything.
It matters to me. I'll admit (shamefacedly, but I'll admit it nonetheless) that I cared more this year about the fate of LJ than who got elected President. Why? Why does a website matter so much to me?
I don't think there's any one answer I could give. This place is important to me. I think the fact that I consider LJ a "place" rather than a "website" is key. I've had this thing since 2001. Back then, it was run by people, fellow users who really cared about making livejournal a great place to set up a home and settle in. There were no ads. Paid accounts were a new idea. Though I didn't really have any need for one myself, I wanted a paid account for no other reason than to support the people running such a welcoming site.
Every friend I have is on livejournal. That is not an exaggeration. Every single friend I have owns a livejournal, save two, and I always feel weird having to fill them in on the parts of my life they've missed due to not reading lj. Even my family has started posting to their ljs more. Not everyone posts as obsessively as I do, but the point is, livejournal is how I stay connected to the people I care about, and to meet new people who appreciate the same things I do. One of my very best friends in the whole world I wouldn't even know were it not for lj (yes, Nikki, that would be you! <3). Livejournal is people.
And with every announcement, I watch it get shoved closer and closer in the direction of some corporation. It feels so sterilized, so mechanical...not at all the warmth I felt when I first joined. I still have the connection with my friends (both real life and ones I've met through lj), so strong that I wouldn't want to leave. I don't know if I could leave, even if things got really bad. (I'm not saying today's announcement means things are going to get really bad, but things are getting steadily...more worrisome.)
It matters to me because livejournal is my home. I miss the site that was run by people. I don't want my home to be taken over by the all mighty dollar.