Well, the dust has settled on the Goodreads fiasco. They still haven’t made a site-wide announcement, and it seems pretty clear to me that they were just targeting specific users and that they never intended to enforce their new “policy” site-wide… but, whatever. I don’t want to think about it anymore. The bottom line is, they handled this badly. There’s no explanation they could give that will convince me that what they did was right (and even if there was, I doubt they’ll ever share it).
But… it’s their site and they can do what they want. And the rest of us can live with it or not.
At least for now, I’m not deleting my account. I have, however, deleted my reviews (with the exception of books I received from NetGalley… I figure they still deserve as much visibility as possible). I’m sticking with ratings only from now on. Also, I’m done contributing as a librarian. I’ll continue using Goodreads as a way to connect with other readers – like it or not, they have the best interface for that – but in a pretty bare-bones way.
I’ll also be keeping both my LibraryThing and BookLikes accounts updated… partly to keep my options open and avoid having to do another mass import in the future, and partly to be able to keep up with my favorite bloggers no matter what site they use.
I’ve actually been considering that second point for a while now, but there were so few readers that didn’t use Goodreads that I just never got around to it. But that may not be the case anymore.
I’m still getting used to the new sites and there are things about both that I like and others I don’t care for… but that’s a topic for another day. For right now, I just wanted to let you all know where you can find me:
Anyone else out there use LibraryThing and/or BookLikes?