When You Sell A Domain, Like a Home
You don't automatically get to keep the family inside
First Strange Thing I Noticed
In July 2014, I noticed a "Tracking Code Mismatch" notification on my Google Analytics dashboard which stated:
Tracking Code Mismatch
Tracking code on page www(dot)squidoo(dot)com does not match property
SousababySquidoo's tracking ID UA-8 digit number-1.
Missing Tracking Code
At least 351 pages are missing valid tracking code for property
I reported it to Squidoo's Gil Hildebrand July 16th, 2014.
The funny thing is, I didn't have 351 pages (I deleted about 50 of them since I began writing on InfoBarrel).
Sorry about that!
It could be that your Google Analytics ID is setup for Universal Analytics, a new feature set from Google. Unfortunately the Squidoo tracker does not yet support Universal Analytics, which might explain the error you received.
I can't seem to find a way to downgrade a Google Analytics account once it has been upgraded to Universal. Unfortunately it looks like the only way to proceed is to create a new tracking ID and avoid upgrading to Universal on it.
Please give this a try and let me know if it helps. Sorry for the trouble.
So, I Wonder How This Happened?
And precisely how did it get resolved?
Second Unexplained Line of Reasoning
When it was first announced in InfoBarrel's forum that Squidoo is Moving to HubPages, someone who later identified herself as Marisa Wright in my article Why on Earth Is Any Squid Filing a DMCA With Google? wrote the following:
Would you agree that you assigned publishing rights to Squidoo? Would you agree that publishing rights have a value? That's what they have sold to Hubpages. You assigned those rights to Squidoo so they own them and they can legally sell them. They didn't sell your articles per se.
Yet, in another article about my work and cited in Want to Leave HubPages? How to Get All of Your Earnings, she stated:
Squidoo had the legal right to sell their business to HubPages, which included their articles.
And Barbara Kay in HubPages forum stated:
After paying money for the Squidoo lenses...
Paul Edmondson forgot to deny paying for them in the following post (shown as a screenshot).
Proof is Right On HubPages
In the article titled Seth Godin's Failed Squidoo Site Sells Out to HubPages, I found more proof that this was indeed a sale of user information and content (without the permission of authors).
Addendum April 24th, 2015:
The author of the article referenced above confirmed that money was involved in this business transaction. S/he asked a high ranking staff member of HubPages. And the answer was "yes."
Note: I sense that the article I've referenced above may become inaccessible in the near future.
Oddly, It's Hard to Find Squidoo's TOS Now
I Never Joined HubPages
And Squidoo assured me (and you) of the following:
As stated in the removed copy of Squidoo's Terms of Service:
- We don't ever sell your email address...
- We're also committed to keeping your lenses and identity protected from others off the site...
- We will NEVER, however, disclose personally identifying information, except as specifically authorized by you...
Well, somehow HubPages obtained my email address, identity, and 293 of my articles without my permission (and in spite of my numerous public protests).
Third Strange Fact
Addendum: February 8th, 2015
Why is my identity and my work STILL on HubPages?
I've Filed the Following
An IC3 report, which I talk you through step-by-step in my article HubPages is Publicly Posting My Content Without My Permission (Part 1). (You would need to file prior to February 15th, 2015).
I wrote an open letter to Mr. Brian Britton, General Manager of Level 3 Communications - the ISP for HubPages.
I let the Google removals team know the situation but was informed the following:
If you pursue legal action against this site that results in the removal of the offending material, our search results will display this change after we next crawl the site. If the webmaster makes these changes and you need us to expedite the removal of the cached copy, please submit your request using our webpage removal request tool at http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals.
So, I complained to Consumer Affairs and provided links and screenshot proof (some of which is publicly posted). The status of my complaint states, "This review is waiting for a response from the company." There have been 4014 views and 21 people have found my review helpful as of February 8th, 2015.