macheide (macheide) wrote in odiots,

No Banners, No Pop-Ups, No Third-Party Cookies, No Commercial Links

Had me a really nasty nightmare the other night. Retired to the solitude of my private study, lit the lamp and dipped my quill, and opened up my journal to chronicle the day's confidences. Out jumps this snake oil salesman, all up in my face, blocking my view until I squished him with my army boot like a roach. Maybe I'd've been better entertaining myself with him than with what'd become of my journal, all cluttered up with roach eggs defacing most of the space I'd had on every single page: there was barely room to leave my own marks. Damned thing smelled like dead roach, too, but they told me they had something to fix that and sent in a troop of roaches to blow their foul breath all around the room. Ran my butt out of there fast as I could, only to find several of them clinging to me, trying to suck my blood. Kicked myself out of bed to wake my poor head up to the reality that the sooner I get all of my old journal material transferred from that fetid other pretender of an Internet journal website and settled in over here at LiveJournal, the more peaceful and clean my journalling dreams will be.

The part of the LiveJournal experience that I value the highest is that LiveJournal serves up the most advanced Internet journalling tools and capabilities without burdening livejournals down with separate pop-up advertisements, banners, third-party persistent cookies, or any other invasive commercial links. For LiveJournal free account and paid account both, that is a truly open, free service that respects its journalists as something infinitely more precious than some sponsor's "impression" count.</p>

Give that other website only this much credit: maybe it takes their sort of abuse to completely appreciate how good we have it here at LiveJournal. For those who have never had to put up with the extreme in e-commercialization of journalling, here's the sort of trash you won't see at LiveJournal:

  1. No Banner Billboards�Whether you have a free account or a paid account, LiveJournal does not clutter up your journal with banner traffic. In stark contrast, the diar site I came here from is so anxious to bleed every possible commercial hit, that even input and edit pages are loaded up with banners, as if anybody ever goes to submit a journal entry and decides instead to click on a banner. Then somehow it really just completely just loses the feel of a serious journal to pour out your heart and see it get just one small corner of screen space lost in a sea of advertising pollution. And if you hate banners as much as we do, check this out on that other site: take your diary completely private!�although nobody else is seeing those banners and although you'll die before you ever click one, the site still needs to show its sponsors traffic "impressions" in order to keep their site so supposedly "free."

  2. No Pop-Up Advertisements�So everyone just ignores the banners and just acts like we all had tiny displays, right? Hard-core commercial interests don't like being shrugged off so easily, so now that other diary site has started popping up annoying advertisement windows that require your attention�even if only to close them, which is what everyone does�before you can get to any diary material. LiveJournal doesn't abuse its writers and readers with such crass sales gimmickery: just straight, pure journalling.

  3. No Persistent Third-Party Cookies�But even the banners and the pop-ups are not the most venal, invasive habit of that other diary site: the selling of private information about you without your permission via persistent, third-party cookies. For a price, that other diary site lets a separate company use a cookie that hangs onto you like a blood-thirsty parasite, collecting information on where you've been before you surfed to the diary site, then keeps on collecting private information on you long after you've left that diary site. And do you really believe that site's bluffs about anonymity and confidentiality?�you won't if you peek into how the cookie-holder identifies the information it collects: even if you avoid signing into that diary site itself, they can frequently finger you by name through their cookie's attributes!!

    Now sure, that other diary site and LiveJournal both use innocuous local cookies to handle journal identification control. But in very marked contrast to the anything-goes commercialized cannibalism so common at that other diary site, at LiveJournal you can write and read journals without handing over your wallet for some stranger to inspect.

LiveJournals look as different as they truly are: they belong entirely to the livejournalists themselves. In fact, if you want to re-design your livejournal so that it doesn't even refer explicitly to or link back directly to LiveJournal itself, you're even permitted to go to that extreme to have it look and feel totally yours!!

Quite regularly that other Internet journal website boasts of server improvements that are supposed to be radically improving their speed and performance�usually claiming double the speed, once ridiculously promising an astounding 500% increase. Today their performance isn't measurably better than it was two years ago. Turn my local street between my house and the first stop sign into a 16-lane highway, and it doesn't get me to work any faster. So too, whether or not that other diary site's managers are telling the truth about their own equipment upgrades, diaries there will still slog it throughthick mud as long as the bulk of the source code is reserved for advertising sponsors who require onerous linking to the advertisers sites as part of the page load process. At LiveJournal, all server and system software upgrades directly benefit the livejournalists, since the only content being delivered is the livejournal itself.

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