LiveJournal.com, a website and online community built around
personal journals, was started by Brad Fitzpatrick in March of
1999 for himself and some of his friends. Friends told friends
and it became a huge success, soon growing bigger than a single
person could easily handle.
As a result, LiveJournal soon hired its first paid employee. This meant
it was worked on on a full-time basis, for the first time.
A team of volunteers working with LiveJournal's original developer,
and the rest of the development team, transformed
LiveJournal.com into a
Webby Awards twice-winning site used by people worldwide.
The site is now an open-source software development project, funded by its members, assisted by numerous volunteers and developers, and overseen by a small paid staff. It has been expanded to allow easy creation of journals, weblogs, and even interest-based online communities.
Six Apart bought LiveJournal's parent company, Danga Interactive, in early 2005. Danga Interactive's founder, Brad Fitzpatrick, maintained links with the project, working as a staff-member at Six Apart into 2007. In December 2007 SUP bought LiveJournal, and established LiveJournal, Inc. to run it. Today, LiveJournal still relies heavily on volunteer efforts but also has a growing number of staff members.