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How do you use your Livejournal friends list? [Apr. 14th, 2008|09:07 pm]
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As I've remarked before, I write this thing more because I like writing than because I'm under the impression that you lot are hungry for my every word. Nevertheless, I try (and probably fail) to write in a readable fashion.

But it strikes me that I have little idea how people typically consume their Livejournal friends list. Knowing this might have some effect on what I write, so it's interesting to know. Do you read every last thing on your friends list? Or do you have such a sprawling friends list that you just dip into it and glance over the last five entries? Do you read at leisure, or in great haste? Do you follow links/videos always, or never?

I tend to suspect that many people use LJ (like Facebook) as a procrastinatory measure at work, and thus read at haste whilst having a coffee, and seldom follow links or view videos, both because they're under time pressure and because this might result in something Obviously Not Work spewing onto their screens. But I've been wrong before.

To set the ball rolling: I read this thing after work at leisure, though not at great length. My friends list is fairly short (I'm such a loser) so I look at everything in it, but I tend to skim anything over about five paragraphs or which goes into technical detail about a subject that's not close to my heart. I haven't got speakers at the moment on the machine I use for web-surfing, so I don't generally play video/sound (and I won't in the future if they all turn out to be Rick Astley). I sometimes follow links, but if the post doesn't make it clear what the link is, I tend to refuse to follow it (it might be Rick Astley- or worse).

I'm not suggesting everyone write as much as I just did, but a few words would be interesting.

(I generally abhor this kind of blog navel-gazing post, and I promise to avoid any more in future.)

From: amoebic_vodka
2008-04-16 05:12 pm (UTC)


Well, my friends list is 2 people. I'm disturbed to find that more than 2 people friended me. Maybe I ought to write something on the blog, given I've not done any for 3 years. Got this blog on my feed reader though, for up to the minute stalking purposes or something.
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[User Picture]From: matttt
2008-04-16 09:33 pm (UTC)
I skim everything and dip into the bits that make me look twice. Videos/links usually get started but not always finished!
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