LiveJournal the Alternative to Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Blogspot and other Blogging Websites
Type of site
|Available in||33 languages|
|Owner||LiveJournal, Inc. (San Francisco, United States) / SUP Media
(100% shares; Moscow, Russia)
|Created by||Brad Fitzpatrick|
|Alexa rank||242 (August 2016)|
|Registration||Optional (required to post and comment)|
|Launched||April 15, 1999|
LiveJournal / LJ or Zhivoy Zhurnal (Russian: Живой Журнал)/ZheZhe (Russian: ЖЖ) in Russia, is a social networking service based in San Francisco, California, where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary. A wide variety of political pundits also use the service for political commentary, particularly in Russia, where it partners with the online newspaper Gazeta.ru. 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. 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. In January 2009 the firm laid off some employees and moved product development and design functions to Russia.