A more complete history of LJ can be found on Wikipedia:Timeline of LiveJournal.
- 1 LJ History
- 2 Pre-Dreamwidth -- ie, Hypothetical Journal
- 3 Dreamwidth Development
- 4 Dreamwidth Begins
- 5 The Future
- 1999-03 -- brad starts LJ
- 2003-03 -- LJ clone JournalFen is started
- This is also the year that fandom_wank is TOSed from LiveJournal, TOSed from Blurty, and ends up at JournalFen.
- 2005-01-05 -- Big news... Six Apart and LiveJournal! -- Six Apart purchases LiveJournal
- 2006-04-18 -- Introducing a new account level -- The introduction of Sponsored+, later to become Plus.
- May/June -- Breastfeeding strike
- 2006-09-26 -- Sponsored Content -- Sponsored accounts and features come into being
- 2006-10-18 -- LJ and SUP -- Six Apart turns over the Russian side of LJ to SUP
- 2007-05-29 -- Strikethrough, Phase I
- 2007-06-21 -- Hypothetically, let's say that you had a chance to sit down with the person who's going to be the future buck-stops-here decision-maker for LJ. (synecdochic)
- 2007-07-15 -- the internet is serious business (synecdochic) -- synecdochic announces she is quitting employment at LJ and her last day is July 27th.
- 2007-08-02 -- Strikethrough, Phase II
- 2007-08 -- LJ Clone Scribblet is born
- 2007-12-12 -- Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal -- Sale to SUP
- 2007-12-07ish -- GreatestJournal diaspora starts. Users are told to start migrating to another site.
Pre-Dreamwidth -- ie, Hypothetical Journal
- 2008-03-12 -- The 100th Day -- Removal of Basic option for new accounts created. See also I feel very, very, very fucking sorry for certain people today. (synecdochic).
- 2008-03, 15-17 -- Interest blocking from the Top 100 list discovered and then removed.
- 2008-03-21 -- totally hypothetical no really i swear -- Poll gauging people's interest in a hypothetical journalling service.
- 2008-04 -- Scribblit changes to Inksome
- 2008-05 -- Inksome opens to public paid accounts
- 2008-06-11 -- Announcing Dreamwidth Studios. Coming Summer 2008. -- The announcement of DW's conception.
- 2008-06-16 -- Poll: Mood Themes -- Poll about mood themes.
- 2008-06-13 -- S2 Styles Poll. -- Poll about S2 layouts.
- 2008-06-24 -- straw poll #19384 -- Poll about top-level menu items in the LJ scheme.
- 2008-07-02 -- Dreamwidth needs mood themes! -- a public call for people to design mood themes.
- 2008-07-30 -- I keep forgetting! and this -- DW is open for volunteer development.
- 2008-08-08 -- First quote in #dw IRC QDB -- A quotes database for Dreamwidth's IRC channels is opened on qdb.zhzh.org, and the first quote appears. (QDB is later moved.)
- 2009-01-06 -- The Grim Purge -- LJ lays off half of the San Francisco office employees, including the entire design team. Dreamwidth kicks into high gear: see Rest In Peace (xb95) and FYI (synecdochic).
- 2009-01-07 -- GreatestJournal dies completely, after having limped along in zombie form for the past six months.
- 2009-02-14 -- Closed beta launch. Accounts are given to the beta testers and testing begins.
- 2009-02-16 -- dw-progress: 16 February 2009 dw-news comes into use.
- 2009-03-09 -- Progress Report: 9 March 2009 -- First code tour (list of resolved bugs)
- 2009-03-16 -- Progress Report: March 16, 2009 -- Mention of "code bootcamp" (#dw_kindergarten)
- 2009-03-23 -- Progress Report: 23 March 2009 -- core2 style system backend released.
- 2009-03-26 -- Open Beta Launch Date Set -- Date of 2009-04-30 (evening, EST) set for open beta; two-phase seed account sale announced.
- 2009-03-30 -- Progress Report: 30 March 2009
- 2009-04-07 -- http://dw-news.dreamwidth.org/2666.html
- 2009-04-08 -- http://dw-news.dreamwidth.org/2826.html
(lots of missing stuff goes here)
- 2009-04-30 -- Open beta launch.
(lots of missing stuff goes here)
- 2010-04-05 -- fu joining full time.
- 2010-04-07 -- fu's first news post.
- 2010-04-10 - 2010-04-15 (Sophie, got a more exact date?) -- http://qdb.dreamwidth.net/ split from old LiveJournal QDB, in separate hosting
- Late April -- the outboundlink LiveJournal fiasco; afuna explains the technical reasons for her discomfort. Drives a number of users to (at least temporarily) stop crossposting; some are driven to fully switch.
2010-05-06 -- vulva makes a public comment complaining about an inappropriate comment from a LiveJournal staff member which sparks a round of discussion about staff access to secured material on social media. 2010-05-09 -- mark speaks about staff access to secured content on Dreamwidth, discussion of a FAQ entry about this. 2010-05-10 -- denise makes a news entry involving staff access to secured content on Dreamwidth
- Cross-site Authenticated Reading List
- Full launch -- previously expected for Q309