Who On Earth is Pinning My Work?
This account is taking traffic away from my real one!
Traffic Was Low
So, I thought I'd Google "sousababy on HubPages." And lo and behold, someone has reached a new low.
In numerous articles of mine about Squidoo selling out to HubPages, I detail where federal and state laws have been broken. Within 24 hours of receiving my first email from HubPages, I filed an IC3 report.
I also wrote and open letter to Brian Britton, the general manager of Level 3 Communications - the ISP for HubPages.
And just last week, I wrote an appeal to Larry Page, CEO of Google. I also addressed Paul Edmondson of HubPages, but he has blocked my ability to notify him via Google Plus.
The good news is that Consumer Affairs has taken my report, links, screenshot proof (and those of others) seriously. To date, my complaint has 3076 views and 15 people have "found it helpful." Some of the proof I've submitted has also been made publicly available.
When I joined Squidoo, their terms of service stated (see screenshot proof next):
First things first here: we don't ever sell your email address, and we don't ever spam. We're also committed to keeping your lenses [articles] and identity protected from others off the site who (who knows?) may try to spam you.
So, three outright lies out of eight that I documented were:
1) Selling our email addresses. How else could HubPages have sent me that first email?
2) Keeping our identities protected. I know some people scrambled to "fix" their Squidoo work to fit the HubPages template since they didn't want to "look bad" to the public. This is hardly what I'd call "keeping identities protected." And my profile photo is on HubPages without my permission.
3) We will NEVER disclose personally identifying info, except as authorized. I was never asked if HubPages could post my profile photo or what I wrote on my profile page. What about you?
Appalling Isn't It? January 3rd, 2015
My Identity and Work is STILL on HubPages
Squidoo Has Removed Their TOS
Other copies on the WayBackMachine are hacked
Oh I Know, I MUST Follow Some Link
and enter a 10-digit "verification code." But why?
Isn't it strange that anyone who was already on HubPages couldn't simply transfer their Squidoo work into their existing HubPages account?
After user information and content was sold and bought [both of which was illegal], writers were unable to access their work [to collect their deserved earnings] without first signing up for a HubPages account.
Author content that can NEVER be removed.
Highlighted in Orange is the Statement
You may not remove your Author Content from the Service
Immediately I Recalled that TanoCalvenoa
Had deleted his work, but his profile transferred to HP
I had to wonder why my friend, TanoCalvenoa, who deleted all of his Squidoo work August 20th, 2014 received email notification from HubPages that his account information had been transferred.
TanoCalvenoa was assured that without any lenses [articles] that his account wouldn't be moved. I believe he was hoping to collect his final, deserved earnings from Squidoo by leaving his account online (without any articles).
Well, thanks to a HubPages forum thread titled Worried by Search Results for "My Name" and "Hubpages," I think I know why.
When I Googled "TanoCalvenoa on HubPages" I found eight pages worth of returned hits. See screenshot next.
It Appears that TanoCalveno Commented
on these HubPages articles with a HubPages account
So, to Anyone Following TanoCalvenoa
elsewhere online, it seems he endorses HubPages
And who is responsible for adding the "sign up and post using a HubPages account" line?
This sure looks like an unauthorized, illegal use of TanoCalvenoa's identity online to me.
Google Search Returned This Result When I
entered "sousababy on hubpages" (listed 8th on page 1)
Advice on HubPages
It's funny, but someone on HubPages stated in the forum:
"I just did a search using my hubpages name and Hubpages (both in quotes) and got some worrying results.
She described her findings and then at the end asked:
"Is there anything I can do about this sort of rubbish? Will it harm my Hubs' standing in search results? As there are no links to my pages and hardly any of my content, I don't think I could do a DMCA?"
Another person chimed in and added:
"I also found two pages using my HP name not long ago and posted a forum thread here. A reply from a HubPages staff member informed that your name cannot be copyrighted."
Oh but isn't this great news?
Matthew Meyer (HubPages Staff) stated:
"If you find your original copyrighted images or text has been used without your permission, then a DMCA NOI may be appropriate.
You can find help filing one here if you decide to do so." [He added a link to How to File DMCA Complaints for Stolen Content].
Other People Chimed In
Another person in HubPages forum added:
"OMG, Alison. I just did it, put in my name and hubpages and got of bunch of jibbrish results, made up of pieces of my bio, hub titles, and hub pics (my own photos!). It looks awful. The good news is that the first search result is the direct link to my subdomain."
And then Barbara Kay (who is also "Intheknow") commented:
"I had the same thing happen, but my Hubpage account did come up first."
So, it would appear that if any text or photos are used in any of those Google entries, that a DMCA report would be appropriate. At least, that is what HubPages staff member Matthew Meyer has said.
I have to wonder how much Google will find these entries spammy - especially since photos and text used in them have violated copyright laws.
It would be in Pinterest's and Google's best interests to remove these pages entirely.
Thank you for reading and sharing my article with other online writers who may be affected.