It has been confirmed: Brad Fitzpatrick is leaving LiveJournal. This is great. I think once Brad goes a whole lot of people will be less inclined to hang around. Those of us who remember the good old days before Six Apart came and ruined LiveJournal, many of us were only hanging around out of love for how it used to be, and holding a vague hope that things wouldn’t get too much worse. Brad was our reminder of the humble origins of LiveJournal; i think we felt quite a loyalty to the founder. Brad leaving could be the catalyst for a lot more people jumping ship.
Happily, Brad has left us with the most perfect tool to use to keep together whilst we all disperse from LiveJournal: OpenID! Even as we go our separate ways, we have OpenID as a de-centralised way of asserting our identities wherever we go. It’s a shame GreatestJournal doesn’t support OpenID; i hope that changes soon.
With the technology tools we now have: RSS and RSS aggregators, OpenID, pingback and trackback, we can definitely retain our sense of community and connectivity, without needing to be on the same site. I do believe this is a very exciting moment in Internet history! :)