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Bubblews shuts down without allowing users to retrieve their posts

It's finally happened. Bubblews is officially shut down. Here's the notice displayed on their site:


After being up and running for almost 3 years now we regrettably need to inform you that we will be shutting down. The climate for display advertising has drastically changed and made it impossible for us to sustain the business model and operations.

We want to thank everyone that was a part of this journey. We wish you all the very best.


What strikes me is that Bubblews acted in character to the very end. As was normal for them, they made this decisive change with no prior notice to users. The site is no longer accessible. The homepage shows the above message. If you try to access your articles, you get a 404 error. I'm sure thousands of users have completely lost work they had posted on the site, but now cannot access.

I just had a comment on a Bubblews article I wrote on HubPages from someone who was using Bubblews as a kind of daily journal. In my reply I cautioned her that if they shut the site down, they would probably do it without allowing users to retrieve their posts. Unfortunately, my prophecy has come true.

To me the biggest issue with Bubblews has always been their lack of integrity in dealing with their users. Well, the one semi-positive thing you can say about them is that they were consistent. They were characterized by lack of integrity from beginning to end.

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ViperGirl85 wrote on November 15, 2015, 10:01 PM

I posted up until Friday, as I was busy this week, and it would have been nice to warn us so we could at least grab the posts that were important to us, and let our connections know where to find us. That was just uncool to do it without any warning whatsoever.

RonElFran wrote on November 15, 2015, 10:29 PM

ViperGirl85 you are right, it would have been nice. But I didn't expect it. Based on their past history, I expected Bubblews to act with total disregard for the welfare of their users.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 15, 2015, 11:35 PM

They are crooks and they are even worse crooks to just shut down so abruptly with no warning so you could retrieve your posts if you wanted them.

Paulie wrote on November 15, 2015, 11:58 PM

Yes, lack of integrity says it all. No notice when we learned a year ago that we wouldn't be paid for any posts prior to the beginning of Nov of 2014. I don't understand why a lot of people still stayed on Bubblews bubbling when this happened. Were there still people who were redeeming and getting paid up until today?

allen0187 wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:52 AM

Wow! just when you thought that the b site couldn't get any low and here they are and they pull this off. Scoundrels of the web be gone!!! (along with everyone's posts!)

Dawnwriter wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:56 AM

it is tragic that Bubblews will forever be remembered for its lack of integrity and courtesy when it came to dealing with its members. I also had 400+ posts there many of which could have been used on other sites. i am mourning their loss all over again.

luisga814 wrote on November 16, 2015, 3:49 AM

I do had beautiful articles in Bubblews but I do not have any duplicate copy. That is too sad.

HappyLady wrote on November 16, 2015, 5:11 AM

Absolutely shown now to have lacked integrity. Sad for all those who lost articles.

BarbRad wrote on November 16, 2015, 5:25 AM

What are you going to do with that hub? It seems there won't be much of a demand for our hubs about Bubblews much longer. I don't know whether to update my review or delete it.

inertia4 wrote on November 16, 2015, 7:16 AM

They should have given the members the opportunity to get their content off the site. They really owed everyone that. But they did not. I am not worried as I have copies of everything I have written there. So the content is in my possession. As for others, I feel for them losing everything they have written.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 16, 2015, 11:02 AM

I visited the B on Saturday and there was no indication at all that a shutdown was imminent. Had I known I would certainly have deleted as much of my content as I could, and saved anything I thought worth saving. I wonder if Arvind and company can be contacted through that Sweeble thing they set up or if that's gone belly-up to.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:48 PM

They never showed any concern at all for their users. The idea of giving warning before shutting down doesn't seem to have occurred to them.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:49 PM

Apparently some people had recently been paid, while others were still waiting 6 months or more after submitting a redemption request. Unfortunately, that's typical of the way Bubblews operated.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:52 PM

Yes, I think the net will be better off with Bubblews being nothing more than a distasteful memory.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:55 PM

Dawnwriter I'm really sorry you lost your work. I'm trying to figure out what the Bubblews crew thought made it a bad idea to warn users, many of whom stayed loyal through all the upheaval, to give them a chance to retrieve their posts. Or maybe it just never crossed their minds.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 12:57 PM

luisga814 I'm sure you are not alone. There are probably many who could have saved their posts if Bubblews had just given a little warning. It's such a shame that they didn't.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 1:04 PM

BarbRad I actually have three hubs about Bubblews. I was lamenting yesterday that soon there will be no interest in them, and their views will go to zero. That hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure it eventually will. Anyway, I have never deleted a hub, and don't plan to delete these. I have a hub about Michael Vick from 2013 that is totally outdated now, but still gets a view or two. So even though views on the Bubblews hubs will certainly drastically diminish, I see no reason to forego even the trickle of views that may still come in. Besides, now I can point to them as part of the history of the web!

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 1:08 PM

I suspected Bubblews would not show any concern for its users if it ever had to shut down, so I created an app to download my 700+ posts to my computer. But I know that many users were unable to do anything like that. I can't figure out how Bubblews thought it would hurt them to give their users an opportunity to retrieve their work before the shutdown.

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RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 1:13 PM

DWDavisRSL I would be very, very surprised if Arvind and his cohorts ever reply to any inquiries concerning Bubblews. I'm sure they understand that if they did, they would quickly be inundated by emails from Bubblews users outraged about the shabby treatment they have received. So, don't hold your breath.

RonElFran wrote on November 16, 2015, 1:16 PM

What's so sad is that many stayed loyal to the site, continuing to post there, hoping it would survive. IMO, they have a definite right to feel betrayed.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 16, 2015, 7:54 PM

I haven't checked, but I saw on mL that the B's FB page was still up. It might be interesting to drop by there and see what's being said.

ViperGirl85 wrote on November 16, 2015, 9:47 PM

Very true. I think the Sweeble app or whatever is still active, but forget that, I'm not even looking at it.

UmiNoor wrote on November 16, 2015, 11:09 PM

Wow, this is a new low for Bubblews but like you've said, it's very characteristic of them. I'm glad I left last year and took down all my posts. I'm really amazed that there are still people posting on that awful site.

BarbRad wrote on November 17, 2015, 1:30 AM

They won't help you much if they put them to sleep and Google doesn't send any visitors.

Paulie wrote on November 17, 2015, 3:24 AM

The unfairness of how they operated really irked me!

rescuegal wrote on November 17, 2015, 5:53 PM

They didn't know what the hell they were doing from the start.