RSS Feeds/Syndicated Accounts: How they'll help us out.
While we're all waiting for Scribblit, how do we keep track of those who have already jumped ship?
My suggestion is to use RSS feeds (or syndicated accounts), which you can add to your friends list. Syndicated accounts are feeds of content from an outside website, which can include other journals or blogs.
For those that have no clue what they are, or for those that know what they are but might want to find out more about them: you may want to check this out. I wrote up a VERY basic tutorial on how they work, as well as instructions on how to use them at LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, GreatestJournal, and JournalFen.Find the tutorial here.
Contributions/comments/questions are more than welcome.
A side note/rant/observation: While I was writing this tutorial, the word came down on Six Apart's decision when it comes to placing LINKS (not actual pictures, but merely a link) to content that could be deemed in violation of their ToS - that links would ALSO be in violation of their ToS, and that users could be held responsible for them. See this post for more information.
I don't agree with it, but that's apparently their decision.
I've asked LiveJournal what their policies are on syndicated accounts, since syndicated accounts are feeds of websites/journals/blogs from outside LiveJournal. Something in violation of their ToS could easily come through these RSS feeds, but what could be done about it? No user on LJ is responsible for a syndicated account, and those responsible for the content reside off LJ.
According to LiveJournal, no one owns a syndicated account, and they cannot be deleted
. Also, on all syndicated account pages, LJ has put the following disclaimer: "LiveJournal.com makes no claim to the content supplied through this journal account. Articles are retrieved via a public feed supplied by the site for this purpose."
I submitted a support ticket concerning this matter on Thursday, but I have not yet heard anything back. I asked them if they would in any way take action against syndicated accounts - how could they, though? The most they could really do is delete the syndicated account, and they've already state they are not able to do this.* They can't hold any user responsible for a syndicated account - it would be like subscribing to a newspaper, and then being held legally responsible for the newspaper's content.Although I've seen ONE syndicated account get deleted in the time I was here, so I'm sure they're bluffing.
Just something to keep in mind. I'll let you know when (if) I hear back from LJ support.