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FAQ - Account Levels

  • Can I use LiveJournal for free? What are the different account levels on LiveJournal?

    Yes, you can use LiveJournal for free. LiveJournal has five account types: Basic, Early Adopter, Plus, Paid, and Permanent. All LiveJournal accounts can use LiveJournal core features, such as posting entries and comments, customizing journal appearance, and participating in communities. All account types can also purchase additional userpics. Basic and Plus users can purchase up to 15 additional userpic spaces, while Paid and Permanent users can purchase up to 210 additional userpic spaces. For additional features, you can purchase a Paid Account (benefits) or upgrade to a Plus Account (benefits). A feature comparison chart is available.
  • What happens to my account if my Paid time expires?

    When your Paid Account expires, your account will revert to the level you had beforehand. You will no longer have access to any premium features, and the expiration will have different effects on any premium features you have previously used.
  • What are the Paid Account benefits?

    Paid accounts help keep LiveJournal in business. To show appreciation for users who have made contributions, a number of premium features are only available to users with Paid Accounts.
  • Why are there ads on LiveJournal? How do I remove ads from my journal?

    Advertising is displayed on LiveJournal to certain account levels to support site operations and to ensure that there is an account level available to users free of charge. In exchange for viewing and displaying advertising, Plus Accounts gain additional features and storage space in a manner similar to Paid and Permanent Accounts.
  • What are the Plus Account benefits? How do I switch to or from a Plus Account?

    Plus Accounts provide access to LiveJournal's extra features for free, subsidized by advertising appearing on the LiveJournal system pages and the account holder's journal. If you have an Early Adopter or Basic Account, you can upgrade to a Plus Account now.

    After trying the Plus Account, you may want to upgrade to a Paid Account for access to additional features and higher limits. If you switch back to your earlier account level, your access to Plus features will change.
  • What are LiveJournal's guidelines on acceptable ads?

    • LiveJournal will not accept advertising from any company that we feel misleads or harms our users. The contents of all run-of-site advertising also should be appropriate for viewing by persons of all ages.

    • LiveJournal will refuse advertising that we feel is factually inaccurate or inconsistent with LiveJournal's image or values.

    • LiveJournal will not accept advertising that contains or links to other sites that contain offensive language, images, or other content, including content that we feel maligns, ridicules, or could offend an individual or group on the basis of age, color, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability.

    • LiveJournal will not permit the placement of advertising for illegal products, or for online gambling, firearms, ammunition, fireworks, tobacco, anti-law enforcement products, or items relating to illegal drugs, adult services or pornography.

    • We reserve the right to exercise our editorial discretion concerning the acceptability of any advertisement on LiveJournal.

    • Advertisements running on LiveJournal are not endorsements of any products or services, and we will not accept any advertising that implies or expresses LiveJournal's endorsement of a product or service.



  • How does LiveJournal decide which ads to show me? What information do you share with advertisers?

    LiveJournal uses user-provided information to select the ads that appear for Plus Account users and most visitors to Plus Account journals. In particular, ads are displayed based on the user's preferred ad categories, gender, age, location, interests, or a small portion of public page contents. Ads are targeted according to information about the author, the viewer, and LiveJournal's ad preferences as a whole.

    LiveJournal adheres to its Privacy Policy at all times. Your email address, any personally identifying information, and protected entries are never shared with advertisers or partners. LiveJournal and its advertising partners may use browser cookies to improve the precision of ad selections for users. LiveJournal does not store personally identifiable information in its cookies, nor do we allow our partners to do so.
  • How can I log in to LiveJournal with OpenID, Facebook, Twitter, or Google? What is an identity account?

    LiveJournal offers the ability to log in with your credentials from a number of other external sites. You can log into LiveJournal using your other site's account in one of two ways:
    • From the Home Page, click the Facebook icon (Facebook icon) or Twitter icon (Twitter icon). You can also log in from Google (Google icon) and other supported sites, as well as sites that support OpenID (OpenID icon), by clicking the select more button (More options button) and choosing the appropriate service. From the next page, click the "Login" button for the site you wish to use. You may be directed to that site to authorize logging into LiveJournal with your username and password.
    • When posting a comment to a journal, click the drop-down menu with the LiveJournal userhead to select the site you wish to use to comment. Type your comment and click "Submit", then follow the prompts to log into your other account.
    All accounts that use your identity from another service to allow you to comment on LiveJournal are known as identity accounts. Identity accounts use a trust relationship between LiveJournal and the identity service to allow you to comment on LiveJournal using an identity others will recognize without having to create a standard LiveJournal account. LiveJournal does not gain access to your password for the identity service and the identity service does not gain access to your LiveJournal password if you have one.
  • How do I downgrade to Basic? What happens when I downgrade from Plus to Basic?

    You may downgrade from a Plus Account to a Basic Account at the Downgrade to Basic page. Please note that you will be unable to view the page if you do not currently have a Plus Account. If you currently have a Paid Account you will need to wait for your paid time to expire before you can downgrade.

    Basic Accounts offer fewer features than Plus Accounts or Paid Accounts, but when logged in users with a Basic Account will see less advertising than with a Plus account. Switching from a Plus Account to a Basic Account will reduce the limits offered for some features, and remove the ability to use other features. A full list of all affected features can be seen on this comparison chart - some of the major feature changes are highlighted below.
  • How can I try a Paid account for free?

    All free accounts are eligible for a two-week trial Paid account. This trial allows you to have free access to some of the most popular Paid account features, including 30 userpic spaces (instead of 6), access to premium journal styles, access to statistics about who is visiting your journal, and an ad-free journaling experience.
  • How can I log in to LiveJournal with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or other accounts?

    This FAQ has been merged with FAQ #283.

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