Livejournal buyout

January 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

There’s a rumour going round that Six Apart, the owners of Movable Type, have agreed to buy LiveJournal. (Update: it’s not a rumour any more; eWeek has the full story.)

This is absolutely huge for a number of reasons. LiveJournal is the largest open source weblogging system, and one of the largest open source projects on the Internet. This means that anyone can take LiveJournal and modify / run it for themselves at no cost, but how will the potential acquisition affect this? LJ runs its own commercial servers, bringing in a couple of million dollars a year, with 5.5 million users. They’ve always claimed to never really have a business plan, while Six Apart is much more of a serious company. I can see them quietly moving the project away from open source.


I hope everyone in Elggland had a good holiday period. I’ve been with my family in California since mid-December, and it’s been fun catching up and wryly noticing the cultural differences between here and the UK.

Development is back in hand – weblog archives are enabled, friend groups have been tweaked slightly, and there should be a major new functionality addition by the end of the week.