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B.Y.O.B Holiday Celebration: Winners post!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first BYOB* Gift-away week on LJ and Facebook. We hope you had as much fun as we did :)

Facebook BYOB iPad2 Winner:
beebers

$50 Amazon gift card Writer's Block BYOB Winners:
jeriendhal
kribistibin
ladyruby07
breakspire
fileg

Read more here.

A Novel Competition Winners!

Meet the winners of LJ's first A Novel Competition, a writing contest for NaNoWriMo participants.

We had almost 50 book jacket/book summary entries in our contest this year, and it was incredibly difficult to narrow the pool to just five finalists.

A big thank you to Mark Coker, from Smashwords, who graciously helped select the overall winner:

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner: behindtonsils!

Grand Prize:
-Amazon Kindle
-$20 Blurb.com gift card

To meet the other finalists and read the winning entries, click here.

Mashable Awards 2011

Congratulations LiveJournal on being named a finalist in the 2011 Mashable Awards: Best Social Network.

For more than 10 years, LJ has changed the way people communicate with each other. Our global reach spans across millions of users, journals and communities. We have been with you when you were bullied (bullying_begone), when you were obsessed with fanfiction, when you discovered the mind-numbing power of celebrity gossip (ohnotheydidnt) and when you just wanted to share what was on your mind with the rest of the world.

Thanks to our users, LJ has been able to define the core concepts of Social Media: communication, creation and content across all online channels.

Vote for us here!

(Voting ends Dec.16, 2011)

B.Y.O.B. Gift-away kicking off today!

Share your thoughts on December holidays all this week and perhaps win a gift card or an iPad 2 if you're a U.S. resident. Details here.

'Arab Spring' in Russia?

Thank you for your continued patience while we sort through these DDoS attacks.

Freedom of expression does not come easily to everyone. Here's an interesting story that may shed some light on the origins of recent actions directed at LiveJournal.

Here's another story discussing the (imminent) Russian uprising...

"A Novel Competition"

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

What are we talking about exactly?
NaNoWriMo 2011 of course!

Celebrate your momentous accomplishment of completing (or almost reaching) 50,000 words by entering this exclusive contest for all lj_nanowrimo participants.

Details and contest entry post here.

New members @ LJ

ljen and I are about to embark on a magical journey that will add some helpful beginner information to the newmembers community and we'd love to get your feedback. Do you have any thoughts or advice about features you wish you knew about sooner when you started your LiveJournal adventure?

Star Wars: The Old Republic community




It's not often that players get to jump into a MMO on day one. If you're thinking about playing Star Wars: The Old Republic (or drooling in anticipation of its release like I am) then check out swtor, a community that may become the LJ hangout for fans of this new science fiction MMO.

I'm guessing I can't transfer my Wookie musician from Star Wars: Galaxies into this game...

Holiday vGifts

Just a quick update: I sent off a short list of holiday vGift suggestions a couple weeks back. I'll let you know when they start showing up in the LJ Shop.

CSRF/Phishing attack

In case you missed the system message appearing the top of the LiveJournal pages, there is currently a phishing attack trying to grab user info from LJ users. Full details here.

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