With Flickr’s recent aquisition by Yahoo! and price drop, I decided to upgrade my free account to a Pro account for a very reasonable sum of $24.95 a year, which equates to £13.03 at the time. Although currently I have no problems with the 200 photo and 20MB per month upload limit, only being allowed three sets really bugged me.

While I’m on the topic of internet communities, there are rarely any services I would pay for on the internet, although when something this interesting and fresh comes alone, I can’t help myself. I currently hold paid accounts at LiveJournal and Flickr, although I’m seriously starting to get bored of LiveJournal now. For what is a blogger, it’s style system is either fundamentally limited, or hugely complex, it’s lack of trackbacks is highly annoying, it doesn’t have any advanced publishing tools, such as draft posts and excerpts, there isn’t a search function at all for specific blogs (nor can you integrate one into your own blog), and the management features are a joke. Although I can’t say Flickr has everything you need, it does come very close, its Organizr [sic] page is very useful and incredibly intuitive. Instead of having a front page showing absolutely no useful information, it sets out everything logically and very clearly. I can’t see any improvements to LiveJournal since its aquisition by SixApart, and this is really sad as it’s starting to lag severly behind lots of other free blogging services and software. Even MSN Spaces has trackbacks, and has a much more logical and prettier design! And if you compare it to any of the weblog software around like WordPress and Moveable Type, it lags severly.

So please, LiveJournal team, stop with your stupid style design competition that produces (with one exception) badly produced and amaturish designs, and start doing some work on the core functionality of LiveJournal.

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