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24 November, 2007

Aliens abducted this blog!

I'm pretty cross. I was checking to see who has linked to this blog, when I came across this: http://mefeedia.com/feeds/739/. It seems someone has set up an account and claimed Strange Days as their own. To add insult to injury, they've added some crappy, inane videos to their feed. Please note that this MeFeedia account has NOTHING to do with me or this blog. Neither do the videos. I've contacted the administrators of the site and demanded that they do something. If the person who did this is reading right now - what do you get from doing something like this? Consider yourself well and truly busted!

I wouldn't mind so much, if this person wasn't appearing to suggest my work is their own. Or if they hadn't uploaded crap and associated it with this blog. If they'd simply submitted it to a social networking site, I'd be flattered. But it's my blog, and only mine to claim, and to hell with the inane videos! Maybe I just don't understand how this MeFeedia thing works - but I pretty much feel like someone has tried to hijack my online identity at the moment.

7 comments:

Nick 25 November 2007 at 04:39  

Obviously a pitiful attempt to immitate the wonderful, in depth, thought provoking work you produce here...

But, as they say, karma gets everyone!

Don't let it get you down, if I can tell the difference, so can many others...It won't be long before it stops losing traffic and undue attention...

This subject has always been of great interest to me, and you seem to present it with class, tact and enthusiam...

A delicate subject handled brilliantly indeed...

Keep up the good work, I'll be back!

lol

Nick

Dragonstar 25 November 2007 at 15:05  

There are some real weird people around, and unfortunately this subject brings them out of the woodwork.
Quality shows!

nesbittplac7 25 November 2007 at 16:37  

This has happened to myself as well as a few others in the realm of UFO/alien/paranormal more recently. The numbers are there so we're going to get hit on more frequently now.

It's all about 'clicks' and advertising commission dollars for them. They could care less about the information in your blog.

If you receive no response from you@mefeedia.com regarding this, then do the following.

Write: susan@w3.org and in a short email simply state something like I've stated below. They already know who mefeedia is so you need not go into any depth.

"Futile attempts have been made to contact http://mefeedia.com, who is misrepresenting my site and my readers. I simply feel hijacked.

Since, www.w3.org is the only common denominator here, I'm asking if you could please look into this for me so that this page is removed from the web." Include page address << end

It worked for me. I suspect that some of these newfangled ad companies who are utilizing blogs and forums for profit are generated not only through w3.org, (page source) but some might even be owned by them.

It's a horrible thing to see someone else have such control over your blog and you feel helpless to do anything about it sometimes. In a few cases out there you will not be able to do anything about it.

More recently I had one hit on me that actually had precedence over my forum's home page in Google. I was livid when I saw that. It's since been removed. Imagine seeing,

Strange Days Blog - Information, Comments, Reviews // BlogCatalog
Blog Catalog is the premiere social blog directory on the internet. Search, Browse, Rate and Review thousands of blog sites.
http://mefoolia.blah, blah,blah

Well, that's what some of these new ad companies are doing so it could be worse. Obviously something needs to be done.

There are other companies such as these that are borrowing our forum or blog names due to particular activity they discover or a topic that they're lacking in order to sell their wares. The difference is that what they are displaying at their addresses have nothing whatsoever to do with ours. Here's one example I'm contending with right now and it's currently sitting next to me in Google search.

The Google link states..
Hot Search Trends: Alien Casebook

Well, I'm Alien Casebook but look at what's behind their address!
http://hstz.blogspot.com/2007/10/alien-casebook.html

There is nothing on that page that pertains to my forum whatsoever. Instead, it makes it look like I'm out there selling garbage.

Scroll down further and you'll find my forum name but they have me associated with the UFO Casebook instead. It's actually a Google blip of the Casebooks and the link that they offer is dead. Since it's in blog form, I'll be able to get rid of it easy enough but I shouldn't have to.

Very sorry for this long post but I've been hit on 4 times since October 21. Consequently, I thought your readers, who I know have blogs of their own might need this information as well.

Siani 25 November 2007 at 17:35  

Nick - you're right - I strongly believe in 'what goes around comes around', 'karma is a bitch', etc.

Dragonstar, I agree. Unfortunately, paranormal subjects do attract the oddballs - which makes it so hard for those of us who approach the subject in an open-minded but rational fashion. Anyone with any genuine paranormal experiences, or who is willing to contemplate the reality, gets labelled as one of the oddballs, as a result.

Nesbittplac7 - no need to apologize for the long comment. I appreciate it, as no doubt any fellow bloggers/webmasters reading this will. I guess in a way I should be flattered that anyone thinks I'm worth impersonating!

I'm so sick of online spammers, scammers, etc, and the ways they infiltrate and abuse legitimate social and blog networks. I had a reply from MeFeedia.com, which implied that the media associated with Strange Days at their site, came directly from my RSS feed, and suggested I change the feed. I tested both my RSS and Atom feeds by subscribing to them - and they perfectly reflected this blog's contents. However, at MeFeedia, I've been made to look like a viral marketer/spammer! I'll continue to keep a disclaimer up here, so that anyone who reads this blog knows I have nothing to do with any of it.

nesbittplac7 25 November 2007 at 19:17  

By the way, your "Aliens abducted this blog!" is in Google search already 4 times. Maybe you should screen print and send a copy to them.

Siani 25 November 2007 at 19:29  

Thanks! I know Lesley linked to my post over at the Debris Field blog, so maybe others have too, which is why it's popping up in Google. I also suspect Google gives Blogspot blogs priority in search results - which is hardly surprising, given Google's ownership of Blogger. I wonder how many more bloggers are being exploited in this way?

nesbittplac7 25 November 2007 at 20:28  

Yes, Google probably has resident crawlers and bots in the blogs and they're probably programmed to capture new entries upon entry.

I'm in Conforums and my forum is only a little more then 6 weeks along and I'm in Google 1,670 times already so they must cater to Conforums too due to "Ads by Google" that appear in Conforums' forums.

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