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Question for Paidmembers [Mar. 19th, 2009|11:58 am]
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We've had some conversations recently about some of the reasons people buy Paid Accounts. Rather than try to guess, we wanted to ask you why *you* have a Paid (or Permanent) Account. Hence, a poll.

On the first question, we're looking for the handful of top reasons you have a Paid Account, so please check any of the options that were motivating factors for you. On the second, we ask that you try to narrow it down to the single biggest reason. If there was a primary or motivating reason for you that we haven't listed, please do add it in the text box provided.

Poll #1368228 What motivated you to have a Paid Account?

Please select the three to five biggest reasons you have a Paid Account

No ads when I read or use LiveJournal
55(0.5%)
Other people don't see ads when they view my journal
3(0.0%)
More userpics
79(0.7%)
More customization options (more styles/advanced customization)
12(0.1%)
Polls
1(0.0%)
Scrapbook
4(0.0%)
Mobile features (text via profile, voice post, TXTLJ)
3(0.0%)
@livejournal.com forwarding email address
1(0.0%)
Mass-edit security level of posts
21(0.2%)
Custom mood themes
2(0.0%)
Embedding/domain forwarding
1(0.0%)
Ability to edit comments
9(0.1%)
Copies of my own comments emailed to me
1(0.0%)
I just like Live Journal and am happy to pay for it
80(0.7%)
I've had a Paid account for long time and am used to it
10(0.1%)
I like the status of being a Paid user
3(0.0%)
My paid account was gifted to me by a friend
74(0.6%)

Please select the single biggest reason you have a Paid Account

No ads when I read or use LiveJournal
2786(26.1%)
Other people don't see ads when they view my journal
193(1.8%)
More userpics
2942(27.6%)
More customization options (more styles/advanced customization)
1063(10.0%)
Polls
122(1.1%)
Scrapbook
251(2.4%)
Mobile features (text via profile, voice post, TXTLJ)
71(0.7%)
@livejournal.com forwarding email address
30(0.3%)
Mass-edit security level of posts
202(1.9%)
Custom mood themes
60(0.6%)
Embedding/domain forwarding
26(0.2%)
Ability to edit comments
325(3.0%)
Copies of my own comments emailed to me
33(0.3%)
I just like Live Journal and am happy to pay for it
1343(12.6%)
I've had a Paid account for long time and am used to it
770(7.2%)
I like the status of being a Paid user
126(1.2%)
My paid account was gifted to me by a friend
320(3.0%)

Anything not on this list that was a primary reason you have a Paid Account?



Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: kashiichan
2009-03-20 10:31 am (UTC)
Main reasons I started paying for my LJ:
* custom mood themes
* voice posts
* polls
Main reasons I keep paying for my LJ:
* TO AVOID ADS
* expand comments feature
* polls

Unfortunately, those of us in Australia can no longer use voice posts. It's really quite annoying. I mean, if I'd never been able to do it I probably wouldn't mind as much, but I used to be able to, and I miss it terribly. :/
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[User Picture]From: naeko
2009-03-20 12:27 pm (UTC)
It's so hard to decide. I dig LJ so much, and have been paid on this account since the beginning, if I remember correctly. My journal before this wasn't paid, but once I went paid, I couldn't go back.
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[User Picture]From: naeko
2009-03-20 12:52 pm (UTC)
also, i find it funny that, for all the people who lost their shit over the new profile page because they apparently look at it a hundred times a day, a lot of people sure didn't know they were part of/friending this community lol
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[User Picture]From: fiddlingfrog
2009-03-21 01:35 am (UTC)

Ha!
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[User Picture]From: starwatcher307
2009-03-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
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None of the 'extra' features - userpics, voiceposts, scrapbook - mean anything to me. I felt it was "fair" to pay for a service I use; but wherever I go, I hit the back button when I see ads, and I know other people have the same hatred of them. I changed my fic-only LJ to paid so that visitors wouldn't see ads. And I'll be moving both LJs as soon as Dreamwidth is up and running.
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[User Picture]From: echizenryuma
2009-03-20 02:18 pm (UTC)
Please select the single biggest reason you have a Paid Account
View Answers

No ads when I read or use LiveJournal
2201 (27.6%)

Please don't make that an excuse to put more ads on Livejournal for the basic users though.
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[User Picture]From: cynicaloptimist
2009-03-20 02:32 pm (UTC)
The reason I bought my permanent account (and gifted other people with it) didn't even make the list.

The reasons cited are all 'selfish' ones. What benefits did I get that make me pay for LJ? There are other reasons too.

I bought my permanent account a long time ago to help Brad buy a new server. Simply, I wanted to help LJ continue to provide its free, and then ad-less, service to as many people as possible. I could afford to pay, so I did regarding it more as a charitable donation than a payment for a service.

For me the direction LJ has gone, while understandable, is very sad. I wanted the principle to be that LJ was a non-profitmaking community and those who can pay should help support those who can't. In order to encourage people to pay, perks for paid users are fair enough but the addition of advertising was a sad day.

To be honest, the only reason I'd consider paying these days would be for the convenience of ad-free viewing. However it's very unlikely that I'd bother paying or even using the service.
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[User Picture]From: carioca
2009-03-20 04:00 pm (UTC)
My reasoning exactly. I used to have paid account because I liked the service and wanted to support it. Now that the site is ad-supported I personally don't feel like I owe it anything for now it's more of a commercial relationship and the rules of the game have thus changed.

And all the "paid" features mean little to me. Except, probably, the ability to post via sms, which came pretty handy some years ago when phones gave you much less mobile internet access possibilities. :) Now actually none of the reasons on the poll work for me. Yes, even getting ad-free pages, since there are Outpost firewall and browser plug-ins that take care of it for me.
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[User Picture]From: lunathecat
2009-03-20 04:17 pm (UTC)
I have had a Livejournal account since 2002, when I was a sophomore in high school. There's a lot of memories in this blog and it just makes sense to pay for something that I consider a big part of my life. It's one journal that never runs out of pages.

I would like to make a suggestion however, which is to make journal entries searcheable, at least by the journal owner. It would make finding things so much faster!
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[User Picture]From: onionpeeler
2009-03-20 05:02 pm (UTC)
Aren't focus groups supposed to be paid? I've been a member of paidmembers for years now and I have to admit, you guys have never, ever paid me.

I was dissatisfied with your choices and therefore did not take your poll.

I'd like to see the following options:

-Tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper
-I'm a consumer whore
-To be added to the paidmembers group
-Because capitalism seems to be on its last legs
-Guilt
-The goat told me to do it. He also tells me to set things on fire.
-Leprechauns
-Guilt-tripping leprechauns
-Snuggies kind of look like sorcerer's robes
-The same reason I don't use public toilets
-...and many more!
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From: phillipalden
2009-03-20 05:38 pm (UTC)
I've had an LJ account practically since it started. I watched it become an honest and viable community of very special people.

I have many friends who also have LJ accounts and I've met a number of really great people here, some of whom have become close friends.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-03-20 07:17 pm (UTC)
I really hope you don't see the small number of people who chose "Other people don't see ads when they view my journal" as a reason to put advertisements back onto journals for when others view that journal.
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[User Picture]From: psychohist
2009-03-20 08:54 pm (UTC)
Agreed. And even people who don't care whether their friends see ads might be disappointed when less people started reading their journal due to ads.
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[User Picture]From: psychohist
2009-03-20 08:53 pm (UTC)
I would add two comments.

1. Ability to edit comments would have been one of my top three had I known about it. You might get more paid members if they knew about more of these neat features.

2. "More customization" was a reason for me to do it, but it turned out I couldn't easily do the extra customization I wanted, because I use an old style style. I'm not complaining, mind; I'm just mentioning it in case it's useful information to you.
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[User Picture]From: darkgryphon
2009-03-21 02:57 am (UTC)
I answered this based on paid account status; not thinking of adding in my permanent account reasoning under "other." For what it's worth, I got the permanent account because I have been on here since 2002 (got on here with an invite code, yay!) and started with a paid account as soon as I could afford it. Having been a part of this community for that long I was positive I'd be here for years to come so it made more sense to just get the permanent account. I honestly started getting the paid account just to support a site I loved and only later came to really enjoy the benefits. Like many others, I got the paid account before the ads and whatnot...I was just perfectly willing to pay for something that had become so important to me.

I've been working and in school fulltime, living with my mother who has MS (among other responsibilities) for a number of years now. When my closest friends (that I had to move away from) want to see how I'm doing, this is where they go. Not Myspace or Facebook...this is where we have the closest bond. I don't always have time to call or email; but I know that when I post something here my friends and loved ones will be able to know what's happening in my life and vice versa.

On a funnier note, a while ago I was compiling my resume and couldn't find some of my job start/end dates. Yeah...I jumped on here and found them pretty easily... >_< I had to laugh at myself but it was also kind of neat to realize just how important LJ has become in my life!

Oh...and obviously I do like being able to edit my comments. ;)

Edited at 2009-03-21 03:25 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2009-03-21 11:24 am (UTC)
I got one so that I could have andrewducker.livejournal.com rather than /users/andrewducker - of course, this was back in the before-days.

Nowadays it's for the polls and userpics.
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[User Picture]From: eyes_of_beauty
2009-03-21 01:32 pm (UTC)
I use LJ everyday, all of the time. I use it as a JOURNAL. I'm better at typing then I am at writing IMO. The rest of the stuff to me is just a great big bonus.

Gads if I ever lost it I think I would flip out because there is so much stuff on here that I would like to have for my kids one day to look back on and think "wow, my mom wrote that."

Plus, my own mom had been keeping a journal since my oldest was born and she lost it in a fire in early 2008. Unless all of the servers go in a fire, my entries should be safe, right?

Edited at 2009-03-21 01:33 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: syllepsis
2009-03-21 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oops, sent before I was ready... I became a paid member after 5 years or so, simply because I'd been using LJ for so long and wanted to make a financial contribution. The option to be a paid (for life) member came up and it seemed like the thing to do.

This poll was particularly useful because, honestly, I didn't know all the benefits of being a paid member. I'm a pretty basic user.
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