Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sweeble, sweebleapp, bubblews and me

(Things have moved on since I put up the post below. There's more on my blog whatworkedwhatdidnt.com. From now on this site will concentrate on plans for Sweeble mark 3*)

People are talking about me. More accurately, there is web chatter. And emails.
This is me responding.
I own sweeble. As in the .com and other domains; the UK Ltd business; the UK Trade Mark and (the bit that really matters to me) its previous incarnations as user-generated content publishing*.
I'm not linked to bubblews or Arvind Dixit and Jason Zuccari, although I think they may have been behind a recent bid to buy my domains (them or this horse).
And I'm nothing to do with sweebleapp - although I understand why Dixit and Zuccari would want to try use the name sweeble: it's a great name - took me a whole jug of pina colada to come up with it back in 2006.
But right now I'm ok that a chestnut filly carries the name - not so sure about anyone else.

Weirdly enough I'd been thinking for a while now about relaunching sweeble and taking it back to its roots because, you know, the web world's turned since I first started this whole sweeble thing ... Sue





*My first sweeble was an open access site for people to write and share their own news and features - tagline "Your news, not theirs".  I kept the brand and name for the mark two version of sweeble - a web to print self-publishing platform (tagline "Simply brilliant") - again with the goal of helping people tell their own stories. When all this sweebleapp kerfuffle shakes out, I'll blog about it here




6 comments:

  1. I'm very glad you wrote this post to cut through all the hype. A lot folks will find this very enlightening!

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  2. Thanks, Ali.
    Just to mention I have had some anonymous comments. I do appreciate the sentiments expressed, but this post (and indeed Sweeble as concept) is about openness and owning what we say and for me that means not publishing anonymous material - sorry.

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  3. You could sue them... er... Sue!

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  4. Word is spreading in the disgruntled ex-Bubblews camps.... fear not, the masses who are annoyed at "B" for many reasons are quietly cheering you on :)
    Sorry this is anonymous, I didn't know what to pick from the dropdown!

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  5. It's so interesting and ironical that a person who actually gave birth to this novel concept couldn't take it forward, and some random dudes managed to grab all the attention for 2 years and ripped off millions of man-hours!

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  6. Second and Jason screwed a lot of folks over with their Bubble site. You have a lot of folks in your corner.

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Thanks for commenting - I appreciate it!
Sue