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finding users by hitting random

As of this entry, there are 959,513 livejournal accounts.

At some point before I knew anything about that statistic, I had this crazy notion about how fun it would be to see how many times i'd have to press the "find a random journal" link before I came upon a repeat, or one of my friends, or me.

now that i know how many lj's there are, it just seems damn unlikely.

I *have, however, hit random and found people that live in Oregon. Or PA, where i grew up. Haven't randomly found anyone from Eugene, West Chester, or King of Prussia. Maybe that's the more realistic goal I should go after.

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kosmickalyx
Mar. 28th, 2003 09:49 am (UTC)
did hitting random bring you across me? I love it we fellow Oregonians drop me a message! And considering the LJ started right here in our beautiful state, there are alot of us, but I fail to find them. . . .

So, I do also use the nickname M, it is my first intial, but I also had guy friend nickname me Muffinette once, and I hated typing it, so hence about the years ago "M" was born, and it has been my alter ego every since!!!

lifeofmendel
Mar. 28th, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
connections.
no, actually... recently joined randomquestions, saw your IM question on there, decided to check out your profile, saw both M and Oregon, thought, "cool."
kosmickalyx
Mar. 28th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: connections.
what from that question would have spurred you to check out my profile?

i'm really not that interesting
kosmickalyx
Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
Re: connections.
Found it!!!

My first comment to your journal. . . . . .


you're first comment to mine was:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/kosmickalyx/45725.html


for some reason I needed to know how long you've been around . . . . .
marseille
Mar. 28th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm curious--is there a factor that makes random searches find more new ljs or ones that have never been updated than ones being used frequently/recently? Sure seems like it when I try the feature. When it works at all, that is.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 28th, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure. before the period where Random wasn't working, i'd sometimes come across ljs that hadn't been updated in a while. Since it's started working again, all of my randoms have been from current users.

Granted, i haven't hit random *too* many times lately. But if lj has recently been able to statistic not just how many ljs there are, but how many *active* ljs there are, it probably wouldn't be hard to code the random feature to hit active journals only.
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