A LiveJournal installation comes with many configurable features available
“out of the box”, including but not limited to:
- Journaling service
LiveJournal's core function. Users are able to submit journal
entries and “publish” them on their account's journal page.
- Community journals
- Journals that many users can post top-level entries to. This allows
for more long-term and public discussion than comments in a user's journal.
- Friends list aggregation
- Users are able to add other users to their “Friends list”, which
lets them view all journal entries from their friends in an aggregate form.
- Friends filters
- Users can view a subset of their Friends lists at any given time.
By setting up a filter containing all their subscribed syndicated accounts,
a user can use their Friends list as an online RSS/Atom aggregator.
- Calendar view
- Users can see a record of all of their posts in the past, and
choose to view those posts by a specific day, month, or year (allowing easy access to old posts).
- Message boards
- Users can enable or disable commenting for individual
entries or journals as a whole. Users can choose to allow anybody,
registered users only, or only friends to post. Users can choose to
“screen” comments — make them visible
only to the owner of the journal — and choose to set certain levels
of comments to be automatically screened until approved
(such as a user choosing to screen all comments by
non-friends until they decide to approve them).
- E-mail notification of comments
- Users can choose to receive an e-mail
notification when someone comments on one of their entries (in the user's
personal journal or in a community journal) or replies to one of their
comments (in the user's personal journal, a friend's journal, or a
- Security levels
- Users can specify who can read their journal entries.
Entries can be public (all can read), private (only the user can read),
protected (only the user's named “friends” can read), or custom.
Custom security allows a user to specify up to 30 subgroups of their friends who
can read the entries.
- RSS and Atom feeds
- Your installation publishes all public journal content as both
RSS and Atom feeds for syndication on other sites. LiveJournal
allows users to syndicate external RSS and Atom feeds
onto LiveJournal, to read on users' Friends page.
- Content in a rich variety of formats
- As well as publishing entries in RSS/Atom formats,
your installation publishes various account metadata in
an XML-based format. These include OPML feeds listing subscribed
syndicated feed accounts, an Atom feed listing userpics updated to an account,
contact information in vCard and FOAF
format, and more.
- Users can tag entries into categories, allowing browsing filtered by tag
or syndication of entries in XML format by selected tags.
Moods, mood icons
- Each entry can be given a “mood”, to
describe what the user is feeling at that time. Users can choose to add a
“mood icon”, which is a small picture to depict that mood. Users can
create their own “mood icon” themes for use in their journal.
- Users can create different types of polls, to get opinions,
information, or thoughts from readers.
- The ability to upload small “avatars” that
represent the user throughout the site. Users can re-format (e.g. crop/resize) pictures
as they upload them, using the AJAX-based
“Userpic Factory” to meet requirements.
- Personalized subdomain
- If configured, users can view their journals at
, as well as
Site administrators can elect to use subdomains only, on a per-site basis.
- Customizing the display of the journal page
- Users can create journal “styles” from scratch and have
precise control over appearance of their journals.
- Friends of Friends feature
- Users are able to see a list of entries by
the users who are named as a friend by their friends, but not by
the user. Users can filter this to display entries by
account type(s) — personal journals, syndicated accounts, etc.
- E-mail posting
- Post by e-mail, optionally using
- Downloadable clients
- Users can download a program to make journal entries
(and perform some other actions on the site) from their computer, rather
than from the website.
- Tell a Friend
- With one click on the “read entry” page, users can send an
e-mail to someone else about an entry, calling the recipient's attention to
- Export feature
- Users can download their journal month-by-month, in XML or
- User bio
- Users can provide information about themselves, which is
displayed on a profile page that can be viewed by visitors to their journal (the
“user bio”). Users can enter contact and location information (e-mail,
AIM username, Yahoo! ID, Google Talk Address, Skype ID, MSN Messenger username, Jabber address,
city, state, country, etc) and specify the security level of that
information (public, private, protected).
- Site search
- Users can search by contact information — finding other
users by e-mail address, AIM username, Yahoo ID, Google Talk Address, Skype ID, MSN Messenger
username, Jabber address etc., — to locate people on your installation.
- Users can list up to 150 one to four-word interests in their
user bio, which other users can search for.
- Similar interest search
- If configured, users can see a list of those users whose
interests match most closely to their own, based on an index that weights
both number of interests in common and rarity of interests in common.
- Popular with Friends search
- The ability to see a list of the users who
are named most often as a friend by the user's friends, but not by the
- Domain forwarding
- Users can forward their domain/subdomain to their LiveJournal blog (so that, for example,
forward to the user's LiveJournal
- Journal embedding
- Users can “embed” their journal into their home pages,
displaying their journal as part of an external home page. (This is
different from domain forwarding; with domain forwarding, the content is
served from the LiveJournal installation; with embedding, the content is first pulled
onto the user's server and then re-presented.)
- Text messaging
- Users can specify their text message information and
display an option on their user bio page to allow others to text message
them. (This allows users to receive text messages without having to make
their information public.)
- Memory list
- Users can mark any post on the service as a “memory” — a LiveJournal
version of bookmarking. Memories can be categorized with different
keywords and security settings, so that users can more easily sort their memories.
- To-do list
- Users can create their own “to-do” list — reminders of
important things to do — and track percentage complete and progress on
- Birthday list
- Users can see a list of all of their friends with
an upcoming birthday (assuming the user has provided his or her birthday).
- Users have access to the directory of users, where they
can search by location, age, interest, etc.
- Schools Directory
- The Schools Directory lets a user search for users
and communities associated with a specific school from around the world.
- meme tracking
- Users can view a list of URLs that have been most
referenced in journal entries site-wide. Users can also check to see where
those URLs are being referenced. (By some slight alteration, users can
also see if anyone on your installation is linking to a specific URL, and where.)
- Random feature
- Users can view a random journal from a subset of users who
have updated in the past 24 hours.
- Notification of Events and Updates (“
- Users can subscribe to events like when an entry is updated or receives new comments.
Users can opt to receive notifications by e-mail or in an on-site message center when the event occurs.
- OpenID™ Support
OpenID™ integration allowing commenting by users of other systems.
- Recent Comments Browser
- Users can browse recently posted comments posted by or to them, in one central place.
- Users can use a more complex update page, which includes “boxes”
of several other features, such as statistics and birthdays, on the same
page as the update page.