So if you're interested in the topic, I do encourage you to come check it out. It's still early days, and it's not *nearly* as full-featured as LJ yet, but it's mostly getting past the early suckage. (My objective for May was "usable"; the goal for June is "cool, part 1".) And it's relatively easy to follow even if you only check it out once every day or two, due to the "Read New" feature that is at the heart of CommYou: this keeps track of everything that's changed, so you can simply Next through conversations to catch up. (This is the first major difference between LJ and CommYou -- it's easier to stay current with conversations, and keep them going.)
Yes, it does still require getting a Facebook account -- I'll be dealing with that in the course of things, but it'll still probably be a month or two yet before you can simply use it with your LiveJournal login. That said, there's nothing all that horrible about Facebook: it's just another social network, and there's no reason to be allergic to it. So if you're interested, just sign up for Facebook, friend me there (optional, but that's how you'll see my personal postings), and add the CommYou application. Once you do that, you should get the CommYou app in your application list, and can simply Read New to see what's been going on, and Post to start conversations yourself.
It's still early days, but it's pretty damned exciting: I'm dropping releases about once a week, and it's fun to watch the system coalesce. The community over there is heavily involved in shaping it -- most features get some discussion before I implement them, and the commentary there is making a huge difference is helping me make the right decisions. So I invite you to come play, and help me create something really cool!
I'll continue to talk about it here occasionally, and once I think the core features are solid and cool enough, I'll be talking it up a *lot*, and more strongly trying to get folks to use it. But for now, it's mostly for those who want to be part of the creative process. Spread the word to those who you think might be interested.
Oh, and on a related point: I'm thinking of starting a new blog, probably to be titled "The Art of Conversation", on the subject of online text conversation, how it works and how it interacts with communities. That would be more of a public professional blog than an LJ-style one, highly focused on the topic, so it might or might not be hosted here -- it's possible that it would go on Blogger or commyou.com. (Eventually it will move over to CommYou itself, but it'll be a while before I have the right feature set for blogging: that isn't the primary purpose of the system, so those stories are further down the list.) Would you be likely to read that if I created it and set up an LJ feed for it? I'm trying to get a feel for how worthwhile that would be...