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Can Attractive New Site Features Save Bubblews?

So is Bubblews trying to establish itself as a “real” writing site now that it's lost a significant number of users and its stats have plummeted? The recent engineering upgrade finally brought about the ability to do some simple text formatting, thanks to a minimal markup language called Markdown. The tech team also seems to be taking more care to report and address issues, as well as to interact with users.

They've even replaced their ampersand and plus sign with the @ symbol for mentions and the # hashtag, bringing the site in line with other social networks that use tagging. I suppose this might have something to do with Sweeble , but I'd like to think it's also a matter of formatting the site so it fits the casual visitor's expectations of a social network or blogging site.

The bank tallies seem to be moving well again, for the first time in a very long time. And with the restoration of the page views and the addition of a new metric for pages read , it does seem maybe Bubblews wants to place the emphasis on attracting external traffic once again.

A lot of folks who haven't posted on the site in months have now returned and are resuming activity, as well. I've even noticed some of the users posting about a return to writing higher quality content, so they can attract those external page views.

I guess page view displays weren't so “counter-intuitive” after all....

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Kasman wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:49 PM

A leopard doesn't change its spots. Only time will tell if this is a serious attempt to improve the site or just window dressing. If the attitude of Bubble Ooze admin towards those who write there doesn't change then it's simply a giant step sideways. Bubble Ooze must realise that it is only by treating people fairly and paying them fairly that the site will thrive.

brown-paw wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:52 PM

Well, I believe bubblers' renewed enthusiasm to write/interact is just temporary. What most if not all are really interested of is an increase in pay rate. My 3 latest posts just made 5 cents! haha

nitsbubb wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:59 PM

Let us hope the new look and make-up of bubblews will surely help in increasing everything - the goodwill, payrate, members and zeal to be on that site (I am active there)

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:01 PM

I agree with Kasman here. They have simply used something to polish it up. If they want to be a newer, improved version, they need to take care of some old business, and act bona fide. They are simply pouring honey over lemons and trying to say they are sweet oranges.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:04 PM

Hi there, Ms. Ruby3881 ! I hope that your ears have been burning. emoticon :winking:

brown-paw wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:18 PM

Hi, everyone! I tried sending a message to the management of the site that I am closing my account . . but it seems my message is not going through.

msiduri wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:42 PM

I am not quite convince. If they can pull it of and prove me wrong, well, more power to them, but at the moment, the phrases "lipstick on a pig" and "rearranging the desk chairs on the Titanic" come to mind.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:57 PM

It would be nice if they are going to truly try so make it a good site again. But I still dont have much hope for them

Glenn wrote on June 27, 2015, 4:47 PM

The bottom line remains that Arvind never responded to the Better Business Office about why he chose to eliminate payments from people who followed the rules, just because some people didn't. The BBB posted a warning on their site about that. So, no, I don't expect cosmetic changes will save them.

maramadalina wrote on June 27, 2015, 5:24 PM

Bubblews disappointed me so deeply that I can not think that it will be what it was. I'm sorry because I had many friends there.

rescuegal wrote on June 27, 2015, 5:54 PM

I've always been sympathetic with them, because they had gotten in way over their head and simply didn't know what they were doing. However, the $50 payout, especially considering how long it takes to get there, is unacceptable. Once I get paid, I'm not sure if I'll stick around.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on June 27, 2015, 9:05 PM

It's too little and too late. That site caused much harm that simply will not be forgotten about. By the way, why do think Arvind has seemingly gone silent and missing from that site.

AdGoggleKo wrote on June 28, 2015, 7:19 AM

I don't know how it looks like on desktop but on my iPhone I am NOT attracted to it. And still extremely slow on my mobile phone.

VinceSummers wrote on June 28, 2015, 8:11 AM

It takes time to prove changes aren't superficial. Time will tell. Bubble-lose has an uphill battle ahead of it.

Bensen32 wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:07 AM

I guess time will tell if they are just sugar coating it or if they are really changing, I want to see some people actually get paid on time and then maybe I will believe they are changing for the better. I could careless if the site looks pretty, I want to know that my time spent there is actually going to pay off.

RonElFran wrote on June 28, 2015, 5:39 PM

My bank still seems locked in glacial ice. But, I must say that since the change I have seen it go up by a penny on its own. So maybe writers are getting something for views now.

MelissaE wrote on June 28, 2015, 6:48 PM

The cosmetic changes are attractive. Time will tell if they make any difference in the bottom line.

cheri wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:27 PM

I hope it does but there is more than just attractive features. Trust is the big issue here.

BarbRad wrote on June 29, 2015, 12:34 AM

I'm glad to see they have updated the editor. But are older posts earning again on views? The biggest gripe I have besides failure to keep payment promises is that they quit making residual income possible, so I've been removing old posts and putting them where they will earn for more than a month. Avi is also invisible on Google+. His profile doesn't even mention he works for Bubblews. Unless someone else is there with the same name.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 29, 2015, 8:21 PM

I finally figured out why! Thanks Coral emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 2:05 AM

I've been moving older content here as well. I don't know if the site just took a hit on Google or if the residuals are still not getting paid. But either way, there seems to be no traffic to those older posts.

And yes, actually, there are several Arvind Dixit's out there...

morilla wrote on June 30, 2015, 3:14 AM

They appear to have fixed some of the 'frozen' Banks in the last couple/three days; after sending out a blanket, form e-mail to those who've reported 'locked up' Banks that it all depends on... But, it's certainly not a problem they are having with the new coding. Let's say that hasn't gone over well. Now there's a new 'stress' in that some aren't absolutely confident the inflow to the Bank will continue. Insofar as being paid for Views, they will tell you that we always have been; depending on... However, most are convinced that the ratio of Views per penny is such that it hardly seems worth it. That's why, now that the initial excitement over the change is waning, that all but the 'true believers' are beginning to question the long-term sustainability and whether, over the long haul, they'll be paid or whether another 'business decision' will be made just as some are finally in a position to cash out.

morilla wrote on June 30, 2015, 3:18 AM

That's what happened when a number of us turned in 'tickets' indicating the Banks were frozen. We all got an e-mail saying that it's not a glitch and, for the umpteenth time, were told about advertising rates, country of origin, etc. Then, they went and 'fixed' the glitch they swore didn't exist; at least for some. Needless to say, that attitude toward the membership over an obvious glitch, coupled with the lack of payment, had some ready to "throw in the towel." They're going to have to realize that, at some point, you have to MAINTAIN the membership (in general, not just a favorite, select few) and not rely on being able to generate new members.

morilla wrote on June 30, 2015, 3:20 AM

I've been deleting my older content; though I haven't decided whether I'm going to limit things to this year or the 'current' redemption. Some of it might end up here. I haven't decided yet. However, without much by way of external traffic here either, I'm not entirely sure whether such would be the the place where "they will earn more than a month" or for a few days after the initial post.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 9:43 AM

I couldn't agree with you more, Coral. They have old debts to settle. And they need to write a proper apology to all the users they cheated. I would also say that Arvind and Jason - and anyone else involved in the decision to cancel payments after they'd been approved - should be asked to resign. And possibly criminal charges (or at least a civil lawsuit) should be considered in relation to the fraud perpetrated when they allowed people to believe they'd be paid, knowing full well they didn't have the money to do it.

CoralLevang wrote on June 30, 2015, 9:52 AM

When the Susan G Komen foundation had their fiasco a few years ago, Nancy Brinker should have stepped away. That it took her so long to do it, cost the organization big time. Thankfully, there is someplace for it to go, now that she has done so.
The sooner that people can let go of their egos, the easier it will be to recover. Ruby3881 Yes, a "proper" apology. What they offered was not much more than a kid who says, "sorry," when they get their hands caught in a cookie jar.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 9:53 AM

The problem there, as always, is the person answering the emails doesn't know what's going on. Their support department needs to be better looped into their tech department. And when people are able to tell them exactly how much traffic they've had on their posts with the bank not moving at all , they need to learn to take that seriously.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 10:15 AM

At Bubblews, you mean? Remove all your content and then ask for a deletion. If it hasn't worked within a week, write one post asking for your account to be deleted. Others have filled posts with nonsense or found other ways to purposely break the rules in order to get deleted, but I won't recommend that. I think it's bad for your reputation as a writer.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:09 AM

I agree that Arvind should have responded to the BBB. He is a poor businessman if this was all just an error in judgement. If he knew what was going to happen, he is a criminal. Either way, he doesn't belong at the head of any company. The best thing that could happen to Bubblews would be to force him to resign.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:12 AM

Comments like your are the ones the leadership of all writing sites should read. We can all lean from the Bubblews fiasco.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:20 AM

They lost my sympathy a long time ago. I believe that Arvind and Jason both had plenty of time to see that the site's revenues weren't enough to pay out what they had promised. Rather than adjusting rates early on, they used them to attract many users who contributed less than they took from the site. I imagine that was supposed to bring them some sort of fame, but it was more like notoriety. When the site was flooded with spam and plagiarism, I think they may have actually seen that trend as an opportunity to blame their incompetence on someone else.

You could see when the site simply stopped caring to delete cheaters. It was long before the announcement about the 60-90 day wait and the cancelled payments. But by that time they'd already stopped paying people from developing countries. They probably knew those people wouldn't be able to fight back, and that many of those users would keep writing if they heard others were being paid...

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:37 AM

Unfortunately you spoke too soon! He's back....

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:48 AM

I guess they didn't worry about Google's requirement for sites to be mobile-friendly, when they did the upgrade!

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:52 AM

You see, there are many more folks like you who care deeply about the payments, than our friend Kasman believes!

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:55 AM

Is it better now that the glitch has been addressed, Ron?

Bensen32 wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:58 AM

Yes, I enjoy the writing or I wouldn't do it at all, but if you tell me your going to pay me and then don't, well I will go somewhere else, and I would think that is what a lot of people think.

WordChazer wrote on June 30, 2015, 12:40 PM

Haven't found time yet to go back in there. On my to-do list for htis week though, especially as I rather like the way my blog is shaping up and dislike the way my writing on other sites is going. Not this site, nor even Bubblews, but other writing sites out there.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on June 30, 2015, 1:00 PM

Ruby3881 I'll have to check it out, nut I don't think that as of my comment he had returned. If he's back it was after that, right?

Ruby3881 wrote on June 30, 2015, 1:54 PM

I'm not sure when he came back, but he published this long-winded post called "One Candle," sometime after the upgrade.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 30, 2015, 4:48 PM

cif you're talking about how the banks froze up after the latest update i heard it has to do with excessive characters in the bo. Once I shortened mine the bank bgan moving again.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on June 30, 2015, 9:12 PM

Ruby3881 the candle post was not impressive.

Glenn wrote on July 16, 2015, 3:56 PM

All this sounds fine, but those returning are destined to be fooled again - the fact is that the Better Business Office has posted a warning about Bubblews on their website. Search Bubblews on the BBB site and you'll find it.