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Origins of LiveJournal

Proposed clean-up of the new FAQ, "How did Livejournal get started?" (#118):

Original text:
LiveJournal.com is a website created in March 1999 by a young programming wunderkind who took a database-driven method of updating his personal journal that he designed in 1998 and turned it into a web-based application so his friends could create their own journals too. It was an immediate success, and soon became a bigger website than a single person could easily handle.

As a result, a team of volunteers working with LiveJournal's creator have transformed LiveJournal into a Webby Award winning open source project used by over 400,000 people worldwide, funded entirely by its members, assisted by numerous volunteers and developers, and overseen by a small paid staff. The software has also expanded, allowing people to easily create journals, weblogs, and even their own online communities.

Proposed revision:
LiveJournal.com, a website and online community built around personal journals, was created by a young computer science major in March 1999. A database-driven method he'd been using to update his own journal since 1998 became a Web-based application which his friends could use, too. It was an immediate success, and soon became a bigger website than a single person could easily handle.

As a result, a team of volunteers working with LiveJournal's creator have transformed LiveJournal into a Webby Award winning site used by over 400,000 people worldwide. The site is now an open-source software development project funded entirely by its members, assisted by numerous volunteers and developers, and overseen by a small paid staff. It's been expanded to allow easy creation of journals, weblogs, and even interest-based online communities.

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