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re: the anti-ad thing
LJ is now allowing sponsored communities. In other words, businesses can open up communities here -- it's like paid advertising on television. That is not my concern.

My worry is about how those communities are going to publicize their existence. I'm concerned that they're going to push advertising through my journal or communities to which I belong based on our interests, effectively spamming us with their message. I don't want to have to remove my interests from my user info. And I don't want to have to lock all my posts. I want to seek these communities out, find them through happenstance, like so many of the wonderful communities I've discovered on LJ. And if I find them and like them, I'll stay and participate. If not, I won't.

I pay for my journal. I'd have a permanent account if I hadn't screwed up the time difference while I was in Kuwait and missed the sale. I don't want to be spammed in the LJ account I paid for -- I want to know that push advertising by these sponsored communities won't be allowed.

i feel: irritated irritated

5 trips or shoot the rapids
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: October 7th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I had no idea this was going on until you brought it to my attention.
I too am a paid user and I do not want my interests harvested for research and targeting.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 7th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It kinda got buried -- note that it didn't get announced on the main page, either.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: October 7th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
More concerned LJ citizens can be found here: http://community.livejournal.com/antisponsoredlj/

I'm with you. More than that, I'm also concerned about the type of thing that happened here: http://community.livejournal.com/scienceofsleep/13974.html?thread=115350#t115350
Like we didn't already have enough sockpuppets on LJ. Sigh. (not to say that the poster there was a sockpuppet, but is it any wonder people thought she was? )
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 7th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, Brad did post this, so hopefully it's not as bad as we fear. But there's nothing to stop these companies from harvesting our interests and spamming our personal journals, and I understand that. What I want to know is, will there be penalties if they do spam and are reported?
galestorm From: galestorm Date: October 7th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'll have to follow these links in the morning, but until I become more educated concerning this issue, I just have to say that I hope nothing like this happens, because I find it very annoying when it happens on My Space.
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