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01 November 2016 @ 05:28 pm
No, not here too!  
No LJ... WHY?

I don't know if you guys noticed but, LJ now gives you the option to leave a heart to an entry... You all know what it means... People will stop comment and just heart entries! I really don't like this because I like to have conversations with my friendlist, and I hope I'm not the only one feeling disappointed by this new addition!

I really don't understand the need for it! I understand it in socials like instagram, because you're saying you're liking that photo, but what about here? It doesn't make any sense... Here a post about my day and its ups and downs... heart... What does it mean? LJ is a place where we use words to espress ourselves and create a dialogue with other people... These hearts are not lovely, are a way to say "I read it, I'm not taking the time to write a comment, I have to do something else". This is very upsetting to me!

I wil heart entries, if there is something to heart (like a photo post or a video post) but I will always comment, because this is why I am here, to create a dialogue and get to know people! Basically hearts don't get us closer... They keep us apart!

This is how I feel about it.

P.S. I'm on my lady days so I feel pretty strong about a lot of things xD
 
 
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topum: pic#125858796topum on November 3rd, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did not mean any of that stuff to be about you personally. Please do imagine me saying it with a smile and with the friendliest tone you can imagine, because this is how I mean it ). I definitely don't meant it as any kind of personal feedback for you.

I was just bringing up what I saw a lot on LJ in general (I am sure you did too) in expressing my view, I assumed that's what you expected after posting yours. And I enjoy a good debate ). I would never make it personal though, as I didn't here. I do not understand however why people think that a single user can and need to decide what does and does not belong on a large platform used by many people in different ways. As long as no one is forcing me to use it, I cannot say it does not belong here. The only reason to be threatened by additional functionality that I see is that it will suit some people's needs better than commenting and we want not to give them that opportunity because we want them to comment. But I do not think it is right not to give someone the opportunity to do what they want so that they do more of what we want. Also I do not see why people assume that those who will "like" will just scroll down, not look at the entries and put it blindly? Likewise we can say that people can put "Cool" and "Nice" comments blindly as well. Many people might actually look at your entries, like them and say so if it suits the entries by using this feature. And if doesn't suit the entry then just not using it solves the problem really. Why wouldn't it belong here? I understand that some of us might want to forge close friendships here, etc but such use of what is a blogging platform can hardly be argued to be the main way to use it. It is first and foremost what it is, a collection of journals to read. And those benefit from feedback. And the more ways there are for it, the better. It doesn't restrict us to keep using it as we do, LJ can keep meaning to us what it always has. And giving other people better functionality to find the meaning in being here that suits them better should not threaten us I think.