September 22nd, 2010

cap, captain miss america

Dear LJ, this makes me kind of uncomfortable:

I was checking the source code on one of my friend's LJs, and saw this little line here:

LiveJournal ExpressLane: You received this page before 1 free users!

It sort of creeped me out. I have a permanent account, and I am glad I do; I like the security of it and the not having to remember to pay, and the extra features. I pay for it because I see it as my way of continuing the service. I am also glad that LJ gives paid account users a service with no ads, and other perks. You get what you pay for, you know?

I'm probably the last person to notice this, or something, but it's not just the idea that paid users get faster service. There's an undercurrent of elitism inherent in it, but that's not really any different from paying your cable company to get speedier bandwidth at home or work, or paying to get preferred service on an airline or train. What I don't like is the way it is smugly advertised in the source code, as if us paid users are sitting around competitively snickering at how much faster our connection is to LJ than everyone else's. That we're somehow basking in that elitism. I didn't even realize I got a preferred rate of connection on LJ. Probably because my connection speed so often sucks.

Which is cool and all, I realize it's a hefty site, but now this leaves me wondering how slow this is for everyone else.

And if there's anyone who actually checks their source code to luxuriate in the privilege of their paid account. It just kind of makes me go ick.