In these times of Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, we tend to assume that everyone has abandoned LiveJournal — the community-oriented blogging platform that peaked about a decade ago, pre-dating even Friendster and MySpace by several years. Strangely, it was Facebook and The Social Network, which includes scenes of Mark Zuckerberg trashing an ex-girlfriend on his LJ, that got us thinking about the site again.
Acquired by blogging giant Six Apart in 2005, it was sold less than three years later to a Russian corporation, where the company now focuses its efforts. (Even the country’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, has his own LJ.) But that doesn’t mean it’s lost all U.S. relevance yet. In fact, some notable cultural figures continue to maintain their LJ presence. Check out who’s still there — a list that includes ’90s alternative stars, cult writers, and current emo sensations — after the jump.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a musician with so much angsty teen appeal — and one who’s fond of working every possible marketing angle — has held onto her LiveJournal. She’s a “friend of” 500 other LJ users, which is pretty impressive until you realize that her Twitter followers top 450k. These days, most entries are teasers for posts at her blog, but she does sometimes tack up an inspirational quote. Fun fact: She’s also a member of the groups “feminist_rage,” “vaginapagina,” and “wtf_sexism.”