LiveJournal the Alternative to Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Blogspot and other Blogging Websites

LiveJournal the Alternative to Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Blogspot and other Blogging Websites


LiveJournal logo
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LiveJournal homepage
Type of site
Blog hosting
Available in 33 languages
Owner LiveJournal, Inc. (San Francisco, United States)[1][2] / SUP Media
(100% shares; Moscow, Russia)
Created by Brad Fitzpatrick
Alexa rank Decrease 242 (August 2016)[3]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional (required to post and comment)
Launched April 15, 1999; 17 years ago[4]
Current status Online
Content license
Written in Perl[6]

LiveJournal / LJ or Zhivoy Zhurnal (Russian: Живой Журнал)/ZheZhe (Russian: ЖЖ) in Russia,[7] is a social networking service based in San Francisco, California, where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary.[8] A wide variety of political pundits also use the service for political commentary, particularly in Russia,[7] where it partners with the online newspaper As with many other social networks, a wide variety of public figures use the network.

LiveJournal was started on April 15, 1999 by American programmer Brad Fitzpatrick as a way of keeping his high school friends updated on his activities.[9] In January 2005, blogging software company Six Apart purchased Danga Interactive, the company that operated LiveJournal, from Fitzpatrick. Six Apart sold LiveJournal to Russian media company SUP Media in 2007, but continued to develop the site by the San Francisco-based company LiveJournal, Inc.[10] In January 2009 the firm laid off some employees and moved product development and design functions to Russia.[11][12]


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