1. Thanks for giving Squidoo a try. I’m really sorry you had a bad experience.

    To be fair (and as the author of Permission Marketing, I betting you to be fair),
    1. we use OPT IN on all our mailings, as your screen shot shows. In other words, you don’t get our newsletters unless you ask for them.
    2. you’re right, we could be more clear about how we use or sell your email (we don’t.)

    After that note from Megan (which most people find helpful) that’s all you get. And if someone wants to contact you about your lens, we blind forward it to you, so they don’t see it.

    Sorry Squidoo isn’t for you. But we’re not evil. Really.

  2. hey kiddo, I know you’re not evil. but the site is annoying – I probably wouldn’t mind the extra welcome email on the tails of saying “no emails” if there had been check boxes for “keep private” during sign up. There’s only a certain amount of trust during the ‘defining purpose’ process (at signup) and once it’s spent, it’s harder to get back.

    Tip: birthdates are used to clarify identity with utilities like telephone and gas companies in Australia. We don’t hand over our birthdate blindly…

  3. Silkcharm earns her scowl! Whoo!

    I have tried to get into Squidoo, but haven’t found it to really work for me yet.

    Not because of the issues you have, but because I just didn’t want another location to have to maintain.

    My own personal brand – my Soundbag site – has long long been lost to the convenience of others having a service for me (typepad, linkedin, facebook, etc.).

    I believe that in 2008 I will work hard to reinvigorate my personal brand and only use net objects that help reinforce my value – as opposed to only theirs. Yes, I’m always ready to help someone out. I’ve got a lot of value out of Yelp and want to help the community with my participation. But I also want to own my own avatar, ya know?

  4. Laurel,

    Just wanted to pop in and let you know my experience.

    I’ve been using Squidoo for about 9 months, and have never had a single piece of spam or unsolicited e-mail from Squidoo so I can vouch that they do keep your e-mail safe.

    The e-mail also serves a double purpose of your Paypal ID if you wish, so Squidoo can send you your hard earned monies.

    In the US (where Squidoo is based), birth dates are required under several laws that have been passed to prevent underage exposure to things as benign as chat rooms and forums. However, it is a legal requirement in the US or I’m sure Squidoo would not ask for it. I’ve never seen my birthdate used anywhere.

    I’m really sorry to hear that you are not interested in the community. Your voice sounds like you could contribute a lot there and have a lot of fun.

    The Captain

  5. Thanks for giving us a try!

    (and for the headsup about birthday)

    by the way, I meant to type “begging” not “betting” in my first comment.

    Happy new year and be well.

  6. To all: my concerns about sign up have to do with “barrier to entry”. Perceived or not, it’s when trust is established. A pop up menu that says a)keep private, b)only friends c)public goes a long way to feeling comfortable revealing my identity and handing over trust.

    It’s not that I won’t give the info – happy to reveal my birthdate, location, email address privately – but I don’t want it broadcast. I choose when and where and what locations I broadcast my information.

    On the second point (*spam* emails) there’s an irony here. In my courses I point out that the confirmation email is usually not used properly – it should be an welcome email, introduction and training one too. However it should come immediately at signup, not 12 hours later after 2 or 3 other emails: where it looks like a ‘come back to our site’ attempt.

    We hand over information when we trust we have some control. We trust more when ‘no emails’ promise is kept.

    Hope this helps someone, somewhere starting up an online community 🙂

  7. Squidoo has become a terrible website. They had recently locked a lens of mine that was on the top of Google for nearly 2 years. They said it was possibly duplicate content, but how can this be? Duplicate content doesn’t rank #1 on Google that long if ever. Also, it is funny that they had given me a PURPLE STAR for content they claim is duplicate. Makes no sense. Squidoo is a big waist of time!

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