I signed up for Squidoo today. I’ve tried a few times before, but then would get part of the way through the sign up process, see that they wont’ state what is published publicly and what is not, and give up. I tend to walk away from sites that don’t treat me with respect.

I took a deep breath and worked my way through annoyance and signed up anyway.

But let me state that registering for a site that insists I give personal information – be it my real name, my email address or my birthdate, and does NOT make it clear what is published and what is not, really annoys me. In the early days I would shrug and say, ah well they know not what they ask. Then it got irritating: ‘sheesh, can’t they just put a *published/not published* tab there?‘ Nowadays, I reckon it’s sheer laziness or bloodymindedness when sites insist on knowing about me but don’t state up front, in the open, what they are going to do with that information.

So lesson number one – at the very least, be clear on what is Public Profile, Private Profile, System Profile. Even better if you can offer more. And inform your potential members what will be public. Even if you aren’t going to give them an option, let them know up front!

Having said that, Squidoo commits the second cardinal sin. Do NOT contact me when I say don’t contact me.

What part of “don’t fricking contact me” do you NOT understand, Squidoo?

In preferences I specified ‘nope, don’t want daily newsletter’. Nope don’t want the weekly either. And no, don’t contact me.

That was this morning.

This evening I get this email:

Hi there!

I’m Megan, the Editor in Chief here at Squidoo. And I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say welcome.

Did you know that….

* You can make a lens that sends donations to your favorite charity, for free? (Yes, free).

* Lenses help you get discovered online. If you’re trying to get the word out about something (your business, product, passions, a big idea), you gotta have a lens.

* There are hundreds of thousands of lenses handbuilt by real people like you, on everything from “How to Roast CoffeeBeans” to “Books That Changed My Life” to “Everything You Need To Know About…ME!”

If you haven’t made a lens yet, I’d recommend checking out the Lens of the Day group and our various Top 100 lists. You’ll see some jawdropping examples of what you could do with lenses. (http://www.squidoo.com/groups/lotd and http://www.squidoo.com/browse/top_lenses).

And if you have questions or want to meet some fellow lensmasters who know all the right moves, just stop by our forum at SquidU.com. (http://www.squidu.com/forum).

Thanks so much for giving Squidoo a spin. Hope you like what we’ve cooked up for you, and there’s always more new stuff on the way!

Megan

Megan Casey

Editor in Chief

Squidoo.com

Well I already had the verification email, the thanks for signing up email and whatnot. Yes, I expect Admin emails that say “system will shut down on Sunday AM” or ” you haven’t paid this month”. Yep, send me ‘in-world’ or ‘personal’ messages on site. No, don’t clutter my email Inbox. I don’t expect ‘helpful’ emails when I was given an option of opting OUT. ‘No’ means ‘no’, however you want to couch it. I got the welcome email – one is enough thank you!

This is what happens when you let social networking be taken over by marketing folk. Sheesh. I’ll let you know if I get their daily/weekly spam. Totally regretting not listening to that little voice that said Stay. Away. From. Squidoo!.

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