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A live journal
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Advantages: Good basic features and lots of things to do
Disadvantages: Pretty much abandoned now
Before Tumblr and Twitter came into the picture, there was livejournal. I've been a member of livejournal since I first came to the internet. I've only had two livejournal accounts in my time, but I know some people who have had over seven. I loved live journal because I thought it was a great and secure website.
It is easy to make an account, but it's not as easy to customize your blog. To make full use of the features of LJ, you either need to have a paid account or a good idea of html coding. There are plenty of tutorials shouts though. The already preset blog designs are nice, but were not fit for my purpose, but I liked to change my layout now and again to suit my mood.
Live Journal is a really great place to showcase your work. You can do a variety of things on there and the popular celebrity blog: Oh No They Didn't blog is based at Livejournal and is now one of the things that keeps livejournal alive. Many personal blogs and communities aren't as active as they used to be, but some of them are a great archive of work and lovely memoirs.
Between 2007 and 2011, I pretty much used the website everyday. I also linked my twitterfeed with livejournal so my tweets would show up on it. So my livejournal entries have been dominated by my tweets. I've found that LJ is a great way to keep in touch with online friends and read about their personal lives.
Which comes to another of the site's best features, you have a choice of weather to keep entries to yourself, friends only or just you. When a blogger says their journal is friends only, it means that all of their entries are locked to friends only. And this is always the case, even if someone posts a link to your entry, only friends can read it.
About a year ago, LJ lost some popularity due to updates that made the site less easier to navigate, as a result many of these people moved to tumblr or dreamwidth. The type of communities you see on LJ are usually various and the most popular ones include fan fiction and shopping related ones. There was also a really popular community called MP3 Share but that was taken down after the downfall of megaupload.
And I will be honest with you, my livejournal account hasn't been updated as much and that's because I've been busy with other things and also because I can contact my online friends quicker on other platforms like Facebook and Skype. But I don't have any issues with it, but I think ot can be a lot more user friendly than it actually is.
Summary: A nice place to set up a blog or join communities.