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I BEG your pardon, LJ?
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From LJ's announcements feed:


Automatic lj-cuts
One of the most common complaints we get is that even your best friends don't do you the courtesy of using the lj-cut on long entries. We consulted with a cutting-edge market research firm and concluded that no one really wants to read more than 140 characters about what their friends are doing. And with our new automatic lj-cut, you won't have to! From now on, all those wordy entries on your Friends Page will automatically be cut at the 140-character sweet spot.


"Cutting-edge market research firm"?

"No one really wants to read more than 140 characters about what their friends are doing"?

"No one"?


*headdesk*


This is not effing Facebook, you morons. It's Livejournal. JOURNAL. As in, what a concept, WRITING.

The irony, of course, is that LJ's own message about the New!Shiny!Cutting-edge!automatic lj-cuts is, oh, let's see, ALMOST THREE TIMES LONGER THAN THEIR MAGIC 140 CHARACTERS. Here, in fact, is how it would look under LJ's precious new policy:

One of the most common complaints we get is that even your best friends don't do you the courtesy of using the lj-cut on long entries. We consulted with a cutting-edge ma

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The funny thing is (and no, not funny-funny), Twitter's the one with the 140-character limit. I still haven't figured out how to effectively "blog" on Facebook. They have something they call "Notes," and maybe that's it, but it's a totally different mindset. In fact, I have the suspicion nobody on Facebook really wants you to say anything of substance. How could you possibly stay on top of it when you've got. like, 1,386 friends, most of whom you don't know from Adam or Eve.

That said, this certainly didn't seem like an April Fool's joke to me at first ... seemed like the sort of distorted thinking that plagues most of the social networking sites (and I hope LJ gets that they just aren't a social networking site, nor do they need to be one!).

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