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We reported earlier this month that blogging platform LiveJournal was seeking a new member for their board of directors and were running a contest to find that person. The winner of the election is Jennifer Brady of Mesa, Arizona and she will join the board effective Sunday. You can read Brady’s winning essay submission to learn more about her and how she plans to help the LiveJournal community.
Brady notes that she wants LiveJournal to be clear with its’ members why they make certain decisions and also to create a usable site search. Asked to define the value of LiveJournal, Brady noted:
When speaking about value, I feel that the irresistible value of LiveJournal is in its community. We are what makes LJ valuable. The users who post about their day, about their kids, about their last BDSM encounter, about sex and food and everything under the sun. Without its users, LJ is nothing but an empty husk. To continue being valuable, LJ needs to work on retaining existing users by keeping the aspects of the site that are most valuable to them, while at the same time attracting new users by making new features available and taking advantage of new ways of thinking.
Brady will join current Advisory Board members danah boyd, Esther Dyson, Brad Fitzpatrick and Lawrence Lessig.
As for the Cyrillic-speaking LiveJournal community election, Mr. Zafar Khashimov won and will join the board as well.
Blogging service LiveJournal was acquired by Russian company SUP back in December. Today they are announcing a public nomination period which will allow two LiveJournal users to become advisory board members.
There are two seats open; one for the Russian side of the site and one for the non-Russian side. The nomination period will run through May 14, voting the following week and the winners will be notified on May 30th. The selected board members term will begin on June 1, 2008 and will run for a year.
The selected users will sit in very good company. The current LiveJournal advisory board members are:
- Professor Lawrence Lessig
- Esther Dyson
- Brad Fitzpatrick
- Danah Boyd
Learn more here about how to nominate yourself (no 3rd party nominations) or to learn more about the overall process.
LiveJournal currently self reports a worldwide monthly audience of 18.7 million with 5.2 million Russian based.