The (remaining) staff at LiveJournal are working hard at convincing us that the crunching sound coming from the hull is nothing to worry about and certainly not in any way an iceberg. I follow LiveJournal on Twitter and yesterday received a tweet which said (along with a pointer to yesterday's press release),
LJers! Don't worry, the news of our demise is premature. Yes, there were layoffs, but that does not affect your LJ!What a relief! I am certain that those who lost their jobs yesterday shall be comforted by the news that their employment was in no way important to the success of the company. And it was ever so thoughtful of LJ Inc. to give such public recognition of the contribution of these fine individuals. We shall not forget them. To the Thirteen Who Made No Difference: I salute your irrelevant sacrifice. I dedicate today's post in your honour.
Whether or not yesterday's hysteria will prove to have been justified, it has had the positive effect of forcing a lot of serious thinking about disaster recovery. I was happy to see people looking into the various available options for backing up their stuff and, critically, asking for help when needed. Please continue to do so, and I will continue to provide help where I am able. Clearly we can count on official support from LJ even less now than we could before the layoffs, so it falls to us to help one another.
I was also gratified to see that my post yesterday may have helped spark a general "how to find me in the post LJ world" meme. Even under the best of circumstances, I expect most of us to outlive LJ, and although I intend for the forseeable future keeping LJ as my primary means of communicating with you all, I am keen to establish as many redundant paths as possible.