Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Today.com wants me back

Well, I doubt that they really want me back, but that's what my log-in page says. I was cleaning out my bookmarks today, and my log-in page for Today.com was one of them. Instead of right-clicking to delete the link, I left-clicked and opened the link. I have it set to log me on, so of course, it tried.

This message is what's posted on the log-in screen:

You're today.com account is inactive. We want you back! Please contact us or email support@today.com to reactivate your account.

Now I sincerely doubt that Today.com wants me back, but I wonder what they would say if I contacted them to reactivate my account?

Oh, and BTW, notice the misspelling of 'your'. Today.com wants their bloggers to proofread their blogs, but Today.com can't seem to proofread their own stuff.

25 comments:

flit May 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

Oh, definitely, you should ask them :)

flit May 13, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

had to go check ...I get the same (misspelled) message.

Daily Dish Recipes May 14, 2009 at 1:38 AM  

hmm...wonder if they are desperate much. I find it interesting that a few of you were kicked and are getting the message. That place is insane!

Ms Terri May 14, 2009 at 3:22 AM  

I got it too! After six lines of error messages.

Phyl May 14, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

I got it almost right away, within a day or two of their kicking me out.

Not a chance, suckers! You treat your best bloggers like dirt and then want us back when our loss sends your popularity plummetting??

Not. a. chance.

Christa May 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

They actually paid me...well I need to go check paypal...but supposedly.

Ms Terri May 14, 2009 at 2:57 PM  

I had also seen it right away, within a few hours after they locked me out. It's clearly a standard boilerplate message (they must have just added our log-ins to their "expired" list as the easiest way to lock us out), and not an actual invitation to return, but it's still funny, in a pathetic kind of way. ;-)

And the answer would be a resounding "as if."

Kelly B May 15, 2009 at 12:01 PM  

ha, too funny! I'd love to see what they say if you asked to come back!

Kelly

Poetic Shutterbug May 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

You can add me to your list of exiles. They closed my account and locked me out late last night. Finally! I am at http://poeticshutterbug.blogspot.com

flit May 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

oh? negative attitude or irregular posting, Poetic Shutterbug?

Poetic Shutterbug May 15, 2009 at 5:31 PM  

Negative attitude in that I threatened to sue them yesterday and leaving a post on one of my blogs stating that from now on my two blogs with them would be integrated onto my poetic shutterbug blog. I am now contemplating writing about my story with Today.com I want to be creative about it though so we'll see what I can come up with.

Ms Terri May 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

Hey, welcome Poetic, to the land of the Exiles! ;-) I'm looking forward to reading your story.

Phyl May 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

Hiya, Poetic! I'm dying to hear the story of why you threatened to sue them. :-)

Poetic Shutterbug May 15, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

Hi Terri, it's Jo here. I'm finally done with them. I'm going to post on my new blog and I'll get the link on here.

Phyl, with some people threats are the only thing that works.

LauraBelle May 15, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Wouldn't Dave be surprised if we all came back on the same day?

Poetic Shutterbug May 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM  

I just posted my story on my blog - here's the link http://poeticshutterbug.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-story-with-todaycom.html

It was way too long to post here and I'm just glad I could not get all of this off my chest.

Phyl May 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

I really appreciate that post, thank you!

I was interested to discover that Td.c is now based in the U.S. and not in Canada. It's kind of nice, to know that they can't tarnish our name any more, but phooey that they've inflicted themselves on you instead. Siberia would be about the perfect place for them to base themselves, really.

Icy BC May 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

They "close your account for you" right after I wrote a post about nothing blogging there regularly anymore! They deleted that post, and still owe me at least 15 dollars...but I'm not holding my breath for it..(http://waveweaver.today.com/)

If they are now located it in the US, we should all report them to Better Business Bureau, though I don't think they are!

Ms Terri May 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

If you haven't gotten paid, you might want to consider writing to Angela Hoy at Writers Weekly. She goes to bat for writers who have been ripped off, and she will write to the companies on their behalf. If the companies don't resolve the problems, she will post a full report on her forums, website, and newsletter.

Nicole May 17, 2009 at 12:46 AM  

Well, this is certainly interesting. Today I went to sign into today.com for the heck of it. (actually I wanted to look at which posts were not paid because they were "duplicate dates", but that's beside the point).
Anyway, I got the whole "today.com wants you back" thing. Well, I just went and back, and first when I typed in today.com NOTHING came up (as in page not found) THEN I was able to sign in except I am not able to look at any of my posts. I'm able to look at the blog control panel where is shows the last few comments on your blog and where you select whether you want to write a post, edit a post, create a page... etc. etc. but it won't let me click on anything and when I try to access the forums I get "Your account is inactive. Contact support@today.com for help if you think this is a mistake." THEN when I access the VIP Stats page, I get "###ALERT###
you're not a VIP blogger" <---hehe they spelled YOU'RE right this time.
Anyway, weirdness all around. I'm so glad not to be with them anymore. Now, to get all the traffic I was bringing them to refocus on my new site!

Nicole May 17, 2009 at 12:47 AM  

ugh! sorry for all the typos up there... I need to go to bed. LOL Instead I was running from blog to blog reading all the today.com hate. LOL

Phyl May 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

I tried to leave a comment at Icy BC's "Waveweaver" blog there, and it wouldn't let me. I don't know if that's because comments themselves aren't allowed or because it was me.

Mommyto2 May 18, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

I'll have to go and check if they want me back, lol. actually had/have 2 blogs over there. The first I hadn't posted to in a while and the other I am moving (starting over) on the blogger platform. I did get an e-mail on the older of the 2 that not posting wasn't good for anyone involved so they were closing me out. Haven't even bothered to look and see if it's just the one blog or both.

Dr. Lauren May 23, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

I got the same error message saying they wanted me back. They still owe me like 30 bucks, but I'm sure I'll never see it. Do all of you think I should stop?

Ryan E June 19, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

@Dr. Lauren, Theres no way to get less than the minimum payout. 30 bucks is less than the minimum. A lot of sites work like that.

The reason for minimums is it is the only way to ensure you have actually made them any money/ justify paying you. i.e.- since you get paid per impression and theres zero likelyhood that each visitor is clicking ads, they can safely assume that by the time you have reached 50 dollars they have at least made some money off you. Anything before that means you haven't earned them anything and minimum payouts are a legal form of payment, so ... yes you should probably just stop.

P.S. Where is 'your' mispelled?

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