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How do I subscribe to events on LiveJournal and receive notifications? How do I unsubscribe from events?

Subscribe to LiveJournal events on the Notifications tab of the My Account Settings page or by using the "track" icon/"Track New Comments" link on each entry, comment, and user profile.

You can subscribe to a variety of events on the site, including:
  • Any event dealing with the management of your account and communities
  • Any entries by a user or comments to an entry or thread
  • Any user adding you as a Friend
  • All announcements from LiveJournal
  • Some content changes within users' journals
After subscribing to events, your notifications will appear in the Inbox. You can also be notified by email and/or LJ Talk. To unsubscribe from events, use the Notifications tab of the My Account Settings page.

Notifications are sent when an entry is first posted, according to its tags and security at that time. Edits to security or tags will not trigger notifications.


LiveJournal's notifications system allows people to track events they can already see on LiveJournal, but does not allow people to track events that they can't otherwise find. Additionally, any notifications are subject to the security level of the original event. For example, people who aren't on your Friends list won't be notified if you post a protected entry, and other people aren't notified for screened comments posted in your journal.

Because people can only subscribe to entries, comments, or content that they can already find, the notifications system does not allow them to see more in your journal. You cannot block people from subscribing to your public entries, comments, or other journal content, because they can already read these posts directly, but you can make your entries Friends-only to limit subscriptions.

Users who have subscribed to an item you have posted will no longer be able to see that notification in their Inbox, nor will they receive new notifications about that item, if the security of the item changes such that they can no longer see it, or if it is deleted. Currently existing notifications in the user's Inbox will have the content replaced by the text "(You are not authorized to view this entry/comment)" to protect your privacy choice. Moreover, if you ban a user from your journal, you will no longer receive notifications about their comments, even in case they respond to your comments in other journals or communities.

However, any email notifications that were sent prior to the security changes will contain the full text of the comments in question.

Account Levels

Your account level determines event types and maximum number of subscriptions.
  • Account without additional packages of services can have 200 event subscriptions. You can also receive notifications when an individual user uploads new userpics.
  • Accounts with *rofessional and Permanent package of service can have 1000 event subscriptions and can subscribe to several additional types of notifications:
    • a specific user uploads a userpic
    • someone comments to a comment thread
    • someone votes in a poll you've posted
    • someone removes you from their friends list
All account levels may also store inactive (disabled) subscriptions. The maximum number of inactive and active subscriptions combined, for all account types, is 1000.

Last Updated: April 3rd, 2017

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