This is a mixed bag for me, in the sense that:
- I am very unhappy about LJ's breaking of their community promise never to have advertisements, and the fact that that promise silently disappeared from their statement of principles. Classy.
- LJ has been utterly overrun by spambots, to the extent that jwz's Xscreensaver hack that pulls random new entries from the latest-posts feed only rarely pulls something other than spam. This is partly a result of the DMCA getting the "safe habour" provisions only half-right; LJ, like every other forum, either must commit to taking full responsibility for policing their content or basically not do anything. Proactive-enough measures to kill spam accounts would incur liability, so ... yeah. Fail.
- I use LJ right now as the main mirror of my blog (which is naturally hosted on my own software/server and just auto-pushed to LJ). I disabled comments in my own software ages ago when I noticed that spammers cared enough about peddling their viagra that they bothered figuring out how to mass-post spam on my software (despite, as far as I know, my being the only one who's running it anywhere).
- It's still clumsy to seamlessly friend/comment/talkback across different sites. People also often expect, if you establish an account on some of these accounts, that you're using it in the fullest sense. If I wrote the glue to mirror all my posts to Facebook (ugh), I bet people would be unhappy if they use facebook's other features to try to interact with me.
I am now reasonably likely to make an aggregator component to my blog/wiki software if I leave LJ, but I'm wondering if I should add the ability to push my posts out to any particular other sites.