The day before yesterday I was banned from Hubpages. That day was about shock.
Yesterday I archived my stuff and wrote about Hubpages as it exists in our world now.
Today I find myself mourning the Squidoo that was. Not the Squidoo that gave up last year, but the Squidoo that was fun, and fresh and where I learned writing, online networking and SEO.
Not that Squidoo taught any of those things. In hindsight it is clear that Squidoo was successful not so much because its owners knew what they were doing, though to an extent they did. No, it was mostly successful because they started at a good moment in webtime.
In 2010, when they did their big redesign with monsters, I started collecting images from the site. This post shares some of them, as well as images from all over the web – charting the Squidoo that was.
This is how they drew me in. Everyone is an expert on something!
Some more screenshots of the homepage:
This must be just after that when they invented the monster-badges (also in 2010):
In the end (2014) this was the banner they used. You can see, it’s a totally different look. The Squid is gone:
Janet’s profile in 2009:
How profiles looked around 2010. They didn’t change much after that.
My dashboard in 2010:
We had a lot of fun at the forums:
Some of the banners:
This one feels particularly cynical in hindsight:
Monsters and Trophies
The first strophies were really the Giant Squid and Citizen Squid Badges.
However, what they turned into in 2010 was quite a shock. Suddenly Squidoo was officially a game with monsters.
I think this is where I started to tune out a bit. I turned off the monster activity popups for instance. But not before taking a screenshot:
However, don’t think I turned down a ‘turboboost’. Lensrank was money after all:
Lots of people had fun with Halloween. It was also a good money spinner. Here are my Halloween trophies:
In 2010 they used the forums to get us to give us ideas for new lenses. I took part in the Jenga Quest:
We got to know the activity stream. Another distraction.
In 2010 they wanted us to create lenses and turn people into lensmasters so bad, they had us ‘gift’ them. I don’t think it ever caught on much. I like how this screenshot includes some of the templates available back then.
I really liked the debate option of Hey Monkeybrain.
I can hardly find screenshots of Squidoo lenses themselves. It seems hardly anybody posted screenshots of them online. However, I did find this one from 2008:
Here’s one I created for one of my help lenses. You’ll have to ignore the lines I added:
Yes – however quant it may look. Lenses did used to look like this. Note the advert for creating a ‘Squidcast’. We could tell our fans (yes, we had official fanclubs) all about our stuff back then. Again, how disappointed we were when that feature disappeared.
Squidflix was apparently quite popular: I found several screenshots online:
Gift lenses circa 2010:
We used to get stars for our lenses. In fact, it was quite an uproar when they were replaced with thumbs up:
Here’s a 2009 screenshot of a very popular lens:
Here’s one from Greekgeek – a reasonably late screenshot with one of the themes:
There were some weird ad-experiments:
What we’d love to forget, the scorecard.
Modules we loved
The various plexo’s were great while they lasted. Here’s an amazon plexo:
Didn’t we love the bubble module?
Somehow that seems like a fitting sentiment to close with.
Sources for my images
- Mostly my own archives