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Fri, Apr. 6th, 2001, 04:39 pm
the count is growing...

Reed Livejournal is seriously growing...seems as if Reedies really are that socially inept. ; )
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Sat, Apr. 7th, 2001 03:20 am (UTC)
echo_girl

finding people at Reed that do not want to be found on LJ is so snoopy and uncool. TAKE ME OFF THE REED POSTINGS RIGHT NOW... oh hell, now i can't have the random insight of perfect strangers because i'll have to protect my postings all the time. paranoia? try privacy. Fuck you.

Sat, Apr. 7th, 2001 03:59 am (UTC)
holyloki: intentions and realities...

dude, try less hostility. all you had to do was ask to be taken off...no one's point was to snoop.
and i don't quite get how you would lose your ability to have random stangers posting insight, since i have no idea who you are anyhow. plus, you can always take yourself off the postings yourself if you want, no one holds you captive. but i'll do it. no worries.
plus, just a note about livejournal, and a bit of apology and explanation...livejournal isn't about snooping, it's about becoming closer with real people...but the anonymity tends to remain if you want it to...no one seeks you out in reality unless you want it...trust me, this is the unspoken livejournal ethic. it took weeks before some of the people on lj who found each other decided to meet...there was no forced activity, we didn't even know until later on who each other were really. so understand how i feel i am really not trying to invade anyone's privacy, and if you wish to remain anonymous, then it can be that way...just remember, livejournal IS inherently public, and by letting anyone know you have it, having friends listed, posting public entries[random can send people to your journal] you are susceptible to voyeurism, but livejournal to me seems to generate a beneficent and supportive community, rather than a snooping and sneaky one. this is why it is successful as a volunteer run project. community.
as a final note, i remind you i am taking you off the community list. you are free at any time to rejoin by going to the reedlj userinfo page. sorry for the intrusion, -ryan.

Sat, Apr. 7th, 2001 07:09 pm (UTC)
echo_girl: Re: intentions and realities...

Hostility is totally justified. YOU DID NOT ASK ME IF I WANTED TO BE POSTED ON THIS GROUP. Not to mention i could be using real names of people at Reed, and sharing personal information about them or myself. If you were curious enough to voyeuristically search out people at Reed on LJ, and had learned this information, one would hope you would not go spreading that information around. However, Reed is small enough that even the barest clues can make a posting to a group no longer anonymous. It is not as though this were like a group for Portlandites Who Love Independent Films or some shit.
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As for making friends via LJ, i'll say it again: you did not ask me in advance. I post on LJ for two main reasons: mostly because the computer is convenient, and also because writing to a known (my friends) and unknown audience forces me to express myself in a somewhat meaningful or thought-out way. Yes, i recognize that some people like to form communities -- just as some people post things to be funny or creative, and others post daily life occurrences. But you have no right to impose that community on me just because i'm on here and it's technically "public" (public to a stranger is very different). Just by having me listed for a day (though i suppose these comments have served the purpose, too), you've made me no longer a stranger that may be accidentally discovered. Please think about it before you do this to anyone else.

Sat, Apr. 7th, 2001 08:21 pm (UTC)
holyloki: Re: intentions and realities...

If your friend would TELL ME about your journal, what makes you think no one else could find it if they really wanted to? Maybe you should blame them for violating your privacy instead. I myself, as well as many of my other friends have had people add them as friends without being asked or even ever talking to that person beforehand, mainly because we are somewhat in public space as people highly involved with running the site. I have a private journal as well, in which I do not give names or anything like this which could be searched for, yet strangers have added me as a friend. Livejournal is inherently public, I'm sorry if you misunderstood how public it can be when you signed up. I will not read your journal, and you are not in the community, but remember there is no way to make people not read your journal except by making it protected. I'm sorry you felt I intruded, however, my point is not to find out who you are, spread it around campus that someone has a journal and everyone should look, or anything of the sort. It was purely intended to be a LiveJournal seclusion. You had the right to remove yourself, and did so. Again, apologies.