Tuesday, December 04, 2007

LiveJournal Sold to Russian Firm SUP

Reuters - SAN FRANCISCO
"LiveJournal, the personal Web publishing service that jump-started blogging in Russia, has been sold by its U.S. owner to a Russian business partner, which will operate it independently, the companies said on Sunday.

Six Apart Ltd said it sold the blog community site for undisclosed terms to SUP (according to Russia Information Center for 30 million USD, more), a Russian-focused Internet media company led by an American and British duo that has expanded LiveJournal's Russian business over the past year.

The free, ad-supported blog site encourages users to keep online diaries they share and discuss with friends. It counts 14.3 million blog accounts and roughly 20 million visitors a month. Its writers publish more than 150,000 new posts a day ..." more

Is this the end of the Russian policy "Blogs are not important enough to care about them? and / or 'somewhere, angry people need a hideaway to let off steam"?

The Russian Federation delivers - after US - the second highest number of accounts to LiveJournal total 14.3 Mio. accounts . Most popular countries for LiveJournal (Accounts) per 3-Dec-2007

- United States - 3,069,035
- Russian Federation - 516,790
- Canada - 269,658
- United Kingdom - 240,214
- Australia - 114,398
- Ukraine - 65,157
- Singapore - 50,427
- Philippines - 46,304
- Germany - 44,301
- Finland - 36,076
- Japan - 29,132
- Netherlands - 23,445
- Belarus - 21,169

Discussion
Meanwhile: Russia's last refuge: the blogosphere by Evgeny Morozov

LiveJournal, SUP, Russia links by Brad Fitzpatrick

Die Meldung bei SUB ... / more on SUB at Russia IC

The Russian Blogosphere
In Russia's Blogosphere, Anything Goes

Earlier posts:
Die kleine Presse- und Medienfreiheit in Russland

Citizen Journalism in Russia: Realno.info

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