How hard would it be to extend the LJ software so that:
- Users could friend OpenID accounts.
- OpenID accounts could join communities.
- OpenID accounts could be associated with new local accounts such that if somebody has friended your OpenID and you create an account, they automatically friend your local account.
- Users could import friends and posts from another LiveJournal-based site, and maybe even mirror the remote account for a time.
The resulting "OpenJournal" would be a site that would allow people to join up without having to immediately abandon their existing journals.
Think it would work? If nothing else, it could be another Digg/09F9-like reminder of precisely who's in control on the Internet.