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Mar. 30th, 2009

Closing of LJ India design contest

Hi All,

 

We would like to announce the closure of the LJ India design contest.

 

For those who participated, thank you for your submissions. And for those who missed out on the contest, thank you for your support :-)

 

The entries we received for the contest where not up to the expected standards for the look-feel of LJ India community page :-(.  However, we hope to have a design up for the LJ India community page soon. Once it’s up, it would be great to have your feedback on it.

 

Until next time,

Team LJ India

Sep. 30th, 2008

New Communities on India Front

Hi Friends

Hope you are well.

While the judges at india_writing are hand-picking the best from the fantastic 1,052 responses for the Quick Tales Contest; the community is thriving with dialogue and creative works by its members. And in the meanwhile, we’ve been working at many things too!

As promised, we have a series of attractive packets in the satchel. And here’s introducing some of those initiatives to you:

·         us_election2008 – Introduced this past weekend, this is a LiveJournal partner community dedicated to the discussion of personalities that participate in, and issues that pertain to the impending US elections.  Of its many partners, Mint is the India media representative. The idea behind this community is for journalists to pose questions and thoughts to be responded and reviewed by LiveJournal users. This platform seeks to enable bringing people’s voice and opinion to the fore. Do check it out, and feel free to send us your insights and suggestions on the same.

 

·         bollywoodclub – In partnership with zoOm TV, this community has been conceived as the official blogging platform for their reality show by the same name. The format of the show revolves around strugglers with individual stories to tell. Their stories, via blog entries, video and images will be powered by Zoom on the LiveJournal Idea Bollywood Club partner channel.

 

·         india_travels – Our most nascent project, india_travels is a perfect pit-stop for anyone who has or wishes to travel anywhere in and around India. The community would serve those who have been somewhere and want to share their anecdotes, those who want to at some point in the future and are seeking tips; an adventure enthusiast looking for fellows like themselves as well any curious travelling mind too lazy for travel himself. For this community, we have partnered with Kunzum, and seek to instill some more fun through a travel contest soon. So check it out and let’s warm up towards that too. :)

 

You’ll keep hearing from us on the progress with these specific communities, updates, announcements, et al. But we’d love it if you also step in and tell us what you’d like us to work on – be it suggestions for these existing ones, or any other ideas that you may have.

The very purpose for lj_india is to share happenings and garner insights from LiveJournal’s India users, as well as those deeply interested in India. All your thoughts are welcome :).

Waiting to hear from y’all,

Manpreet

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal


Sep. 17th, 2008

India_Writing: Quick Tales Contest Update


Hello all
The Quick Tales Flash-Fiction Contest submissions wrapped up this past week. We want to thank all of you for the great response to the contest. We’ve received a total of 1052 valid entries :)
As we speak, the Caferati editors are busily sifting through the entries to give us a short-list; after which the jury steps in to rate the short-listed stories and come up with a set of finalists, and then the winners. To all of you who submitted entries, good luck! Do share your feedback about what you thought of the contest.
That’s not it; we want all members to have a voice as well. Through a poll that all of you could participate in, we’d like to arrive at a special People’s Choice Prize winner. Do keep checking the india_writing community for updates on that.
Even though the contest is coming to a close, the community’s journey is just beginning. LiveJournal intends it to become a new home on the web for great India writing. And it's up to you folks, the steadfast veterans as well as the founder members, to set the pace.
So, please post your original writing—any style, any genre—to the community for comments and feedback. And don't stop at that. Go visit the pages of fellow members of this community (you can find them by visiting the community's profile-page, and scrolling down to the "Members" section) and say hello, get to know each other, become friends; as well as share links to the writing community with your existing friends.  
We had promised to you more and more India-centred activity in coming times. And we are keeping that word! We should be back with an update on some of these initiatives real soon. Meanwhile, if you all are having a LiveJournal event somewhere, do keep us posted.
Have fun, and keep writing!
Cheers
Manpreet
Team Blogworks for LiveJournal

Aug. 6th, 2008

Flying high this Independence Day!

Hello from all at LiveJournal.

Hope the kites are flying high - I am planning to start this weekend - 15 August is around the corner and LiveJournal joins Indians, across the globe, in celebrating Independence Day. Of course we have some plans, but do tell us what would YOU have liked LJ to do as India celebrates.

Also, how are you planning to  bring in Independence Day festivities on your profiles/ communities etc.?

Share your plans here so others could benefit too and hopefully join in.

Send in updates on on-ground events that you may be hosting/ attending and all else.

Keep writing.

Cheers

Rajesh

Jun. 11th, 2008

Offline Meet with LiveJournal-Cyberabad


Hi All

 

We took our first step in meeting communities this past week, moving towards a bigger, better and more connected LiveJournal experience for its India users. We are all awake to what India seeks from LiveJournal. And with warm and enthusiastic support from our members, we can see ourselves realising this vision.

 

This weekend we got an opportunity to attend [info]cyberabad's offline meet held in Hyderabad, which is mostly a monthly affair. I visited there, met a great bunch of Cyberabadis, and came back with a satchel full of ideasJ. They are a set of generous, inviting and fun-loving people. Thanks guys, I had a blast! Read Cyberabad’s update on the meeting here.

 Meanwhile, we got a dip into the pulse of Cyberabad, not to mention a heartening mix of satisfaction with what has been and zeal for whats to come. Some of the brilliant ideas that brewed include:

 

·        Generate inter-community activities – among those formed on similar criteria (e.g.: city based like delhi and cyberabad); as well as those with varied, albeit intersecting, interests (e.g.: theatre and cyberabad). This would lead to more conversations and help sustain the communities

·         Perhaps, offline meets as an idea can’t be generically applied, but offline-online inter-activity is a good idea. Also, offline engagement would give a better picture of the specificities of various communities. To work closely with the maintainers to understand the same

·         Introduce some posters/merchandise

·         Organise some contests; prize being paid accounts is a great idea!

·         If target audience is youth, focus on campuses. Organise LJ meets + merchandise around their central events (like annual fests). Have an online component to the event. Synergy between communities and events

·        Some influencers to set up communities. For instance, someone offered to promote PFA (people for animals) through LJ. If LJ takes up initiatives like these/tie ups; people would join in. Dual benefit and greater activity

·        RSS aggregator tool, greater search options, pop-up e-mail service, integrated feeds, friendlier voice-posting and the like to make LJ more user-friendly

 

 A number of suggestions made during the meet are now on the table, to be discussed and implemented. We are hoping to see some results soon as well!

 

If any of you are willing to connect with us as communities, face-to-face or virtually, we’d be more than glad.We’ll be thrilled to meet, thrash some ideas, and enliven this space more!

 

Any thoughts or responses to the above pool of insights? Leave us a comment below or on the survey here. We are intently listening J

 

 

Cheers

 

Manpreet

 

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India

 

 

Jun. 4th, 2008

Official LJ India community launched


Greetings from LJ_India, the new official India community we’re piloting to connect all our India users.

We’re writing to invite you to take a first look at the Community as it’s launched and share your feedback. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)

At LiveJournal, we're committed to making your experience the best so we encourage you to spend a few minutes taking our survey, as well.

Tell us how we can serve you better at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started!  The questionnaire is posted there.

Cheers and thanks,



team_lj_india


Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India

Jun. 3rd, 2008

Announcing the new, official India community

Hello!
We've just launched the new official India community LJ_India.

We’re inviting all our India users to take a first look at the Community and connect with each other and with LJ here: http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)
 
Do join us at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started! We'd love to hear your feedback as we continue to grow LJ better to serve you better.

Cheers and thanks,

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India