Jason Andreas (jasonandreas) wrote in suggestions,
Jason Andreas

Live Journal On CD-ROM

Live Journal On CD-ROM

Short, concise description of the idea
The ability to order a CD with a complete backup of your journal for [x] amount of time.

Full description of the idea
I was looking through the FAQ about how to download your journal, you know, month by month? And I thought of an idea. Wouldn't it be great if you could order a CD with your journal contained on it in a self-running form? Basically it would consist of a load of HTML files - arranged by date - and a page that works just like your /users/[you] page for browsing. Calendar views would also be available, but no friends' page for obvious reasons. Aside from the obvious benefit to people who can't - for reasons of bad connection, time, space, money, etc - utilise the download tool, it would also make quite a nice gift item, almost like a photo album of your thoughts...

An ordered list of benefits

  • Could make some money for www.livejournal.com - allowing more investment in faster servers, new features, etc.

  • Would make backing up your journal an effortless procedure.

  • Could make a nice gift for someone who puts a lot of time and effort into their journal.

  • Perhaps adds a sense of purpose to keeping a journal, knowing that you'll be able to have a guaranteed permanant copy of your thoughts, so that even if livejournal closes one day (god forbid) then you won't lose all that time and effort put into keeping your journal going.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • CD would need to be passworded somehow to avoid private entries being readable by anyone except the account owner.

  • Would it be against copyright law to be able to order someone's journal on a CD - after all, there is no proof that the person doing the ordering even knows the respective user.

  • Would it be cost effective?

  • Would compatibility be a problem?

  • Would communities be included?

  • Would all posts you've made - in communities as well as your own, be included?
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • (NB: I have no idea of technical things. Please forgive my ignorance on this)

  • I feel it would be best run from an html base. Running through Internet Explorer (or whatever other browsers are out there) but, of course, in an offline state.

  • Has to be very simple in organisation, ease of use would be a top priority here, especially if the idea is to offer them as gift ideas as well as just backups.

  • A dedicated helpdesk for CD orders may need to be set up if it took off in a big way.

  • Shouldn't cost too much money. Just enough to make it worth running, and useful for reinvestment.

  • (I'm sorry I couldn't think of anything better to put here)
  • Tags: gift shop, hardcopy, import/export, merchandise, § historical
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