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Seven years of Squidoo

Updated on December 7, 2012

Today's our anniversary

Thanks for being part of what we've built. More than 3,000,000 people sharing their passion, raising money for charity and doing work that matters.

It's been a long, strange trip. Here are some highlights...

The founding project team

That's Corey Brown, of course, and me. And there's Harper Reed, who has gone on to some very big things....

This was a summer brainstorm project, and it was called "Plexodex."

After Plexodex, we decided on "Ogle"

And here's the first draft of our logo/poster.

But people didn't like 'Ogle', so we switched to Fisheye

The problem was that Fisheye.com wasn't available. It belonged to a charter boat captain in the Caymans. And he wouldn't sell it to me, even though he just had one little boat.

Ironically (true story!) a few years later, I was driving from the airport in the Cayman Islands, after a hurricane, and yes, I saw the Fisheye, wrecked on the shore. Sad but true.

Seven years later, the domain sits idle.

Here's a more recent shot, in Virginia

Josh, along with Bonnie and her team couldn't make it, but here's most of the rest of us, with flaccid tentacles.

We're more serious than you are

At least GTR, Heath and Megan are.

And some other Squids!

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Bonnie DiczhazyJosh BrownRobin SvediTom Maybrier
Bonnie Diczhazy
Bonnie Diczhazy
Josh Brown
Josh Brown
Robin Svedi
Robin Svedi
Tom Maybrier
Tom Maybrier

Go do something big!

Here's the cover of our one and only comic book adventure. Thanks Gannon.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Happy Sabbatical!

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      Donallphin 4 years ago

      Happy belated birthday! I love Squidoo, and love the tribe concept. There is still so much to learn about this wonderful platform. Thank you!

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      Deadpool 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday love the comic it would be great to see a monthly comic of you guys adventures.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very good information, I like it, thank you for sharing. :)

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      MillBucks 4 years ago

      Congratulations on seven remarkable years, the whole Squidoo team is an inspiration to many. Rock on!

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      h4v0c6 4 years ago

      Congrats on seven years! I wish I would of stumbled upon your platform several years ago!!! I am enjoying the heck out of setting up lenses and reading other lenses! Thanks!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      Congratulations - and many happy returns! Thanks for creating this great platform - and thanks for keeping it going day after day.

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      congrats for your seventh anniversary. :-)

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      James1978 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your anniversary. I'm still relatively new here as I generally run my own websites, but I have a lot of fun on this site, particularly as it forces me to be creative.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Happy anniversary and many more to come! Today was 12/12/12 - not another to come for another 85 years. I hope that you'll be around to celebrate that too! ;)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary and Upwards and Onwards to a Great Squidoo Community!

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      vjpillai532 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday Squidoo!

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      michellinejoy 4 years ago

      I couldn't be happier to some how have stumbled upon Squidoo!! I keep a journal or 30 lol and I love writing but I'm far from a pro! I would love if you would read my most recent (2nd) lense!

      Thanks again,

      ~Michelline

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Where's Megan?????????????? Wasn't she a huge part of Squidoo's success???

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      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

      Happy 7th Birthday Squidoo! I'm happy to be apart of the Squidoo Community!

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Congratulations, Squidoo! Thank you so much and happy anniversary to all Squids out there! God bless us all.

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Congratulations, Squidoo! Thank you so much and happy anniversary to all Squids out there! God bless us all.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Congrats and thanks for everything! Squidoo has definitely made a wonderful difference in my life.

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      @zbelly: Had to google The Icarus Deception, as it sounded like it ought to be a Robert Ludlum novel, and couldn't see how this would lead you to Squidoo! That's amazing that funds were raised to publish this book in just 3 hours. WOW!

      Still, I wonder whether Seth is a Ludlum fan, or if the title is just a happy coincidence. ;)

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Happy birthday to Squidoo.

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      zbelly 4 years ago

      happy birthday! i just found you after receiving my new BIG BOOK and The Icarus Deception in the mail. so much to discover, i'm excited!

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      adminghb 4 years ago

      Congratulations! Happy Birthday to Squidoo!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      What big things you all were doing back when I joined, and didn't know anything about what I was doing, except that I had knowledge about wrapping bald breast cancer heads in all sorts of wraps. I just wanted to do a service for other women, so that's all I did for years. Then I began to read what you wrote - and slowly learned some of the lingo and branched out a bit.

      It took me years of receiving your comments to put them to work. I like what you did, what you are doing, and how you promote excellence in writing and editing, as well as the visual side of online publishing, over marketing. Congratulations on leading by example.

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      Wow, great achievement, congratulations. seven years is an eternity in the internet ocean. Love the Sofa.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Happy AnniversarySquids! I've been a member since Squidoo was an infant. Little did I know back then how HUGE this would become. I've learned so much along this journey and appreciate the Squids I've met online from all over the world. It's been an exciting ride. Thanks.

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      bikerministry 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary Squidoo!! I'm certainly blessed having found you. I was searching for articles on fund raising and found a Squidoo article. After reading it, I looked into writing on Squidoo. I had researched Ask.com and ehow.com before discovering Squidoo. The staying factor for me was the continual encouragement from HQ. I have one lens that is really performing the last several weeks, and I may be making a little money from it, but what I've learned here is extremely valuable and I hope to write about where it is taking me in the near future. THANK YOU for your vision and for your courage to step out and create!! It inspires us!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for everything, enjoy your anniversary.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary, I wish I had found you seven years ago, but you know that you are here now! Great Work and it's so much fun being here......

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      webmastercaper lm 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary Squidoo... Really good work Keep it up!!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Happy birthday!Keep up the good work!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary to everyone!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary Squidoo. Thanks Seth and his team for providing such a wonder place for internet community.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      Congratulations! It's great to be a part of something as revolutionary as this.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Happy Anniversary Squidoo! I love the story here ^_^ It feels to be a part of the Squidoo community ^_^

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Way to go squidoo, glad to be here! Congratulations on 7 years, exciting.

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      Jethro 4 years ago from Philippines

      I think we are heading to success and nothing can stop this site from growing and improving. I love Squidoo! :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful!!! I love seeing all these cheery photos. Squidoo is a great force for good in the world and I celebrate the day it was born. Thank you, Seth!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy birthday

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      greenpharmacist 4 years ago

      happy birthday...God bless squidoo

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      Sandy Dell 4 years ago from Lenore, Idaho

      Happy birthday! It has been almost 4 years since I published my first lens!!

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      Sandy Dell 4 years ago from Lenore, Idaho

      Happy birthday! It has been almost 4 years since I published my first lens!!

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      It's been a fun almost 3 years for me. Can't wait to see what is next.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Happy Birthday and I wish you many more!

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Happy birthday to the team of Squidoo.

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      WallHangings 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Happy Birthday, Squidoo!

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      joancol lm 4 years ago

      I have lots of great experiences with Squidoo. Happy Birthday!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the memories.

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      valpyra 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary......glad to be on board!

      Bites and XXX's

      Valpyra Skullstyr

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      Wes2012 4 years ago

      Happy Anniversary!!!! May there be many more!!!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Happy 7th Squid - Celebration! Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Squidoo for 6 years!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Happy happy birthday! LOVE the comic book cover...you all make such a great team:-) Thanks for giving us a place to play!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Love it!

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      natalier1210 4 years ago

      Awesome.

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      cgbroome 4 years ago

      I'm so happy to be part of the Squid family and look forward to many more years! Happy Birthday!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy Squidversary

      7 is a lucky number!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy Squidversary--7 is a lucky number. So 2013 (forget the 13 jinx) is going to be amazing on Squidoolb

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Love you all!! Happy Squidbirthday and a big cheer for many more to come :)

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      Tamara14 4 years ago

      Wishing you (us) many more fabulous years in the future.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Happy 7 Years to Squidoo / SquidTeam. It has been an honor to be apart of one of the Top 100 websites. I'm very thankful to you, Seth & team, and grateful to the stranger who recommended it as a place to earn money online.

      Thank you for the tools to use, a chance to learn and create lenses for free...on and on I could go. God Bless!

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      Many more anniversaries to you and all of the Squidoo family! Been here just over a year, but can't imagine my life without Squidoo! :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fun to read about the evolution of the name! So proud to be here for over 5 1/2 years now!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for coming up with this awesome idea of creating Squidoo! You guys are a great team. Happy Anniversary :)

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Ge! Where is the cake? I like Squidoo for a couple of reasons:

      * it is a platform for masses, the work behind the scenes with the module is remarkable

      ** it has very little restrictions, so the imagination can go wild...

      *** I feel younger... collecting monsters... LOL am I polite or what?

      *** I like purple

      Happy Anniversary!

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Thank you for creating Squidoo! I am happy to be a member of this awesome community. I will be here at least for the next seven years :)! Happy Birthday, Squidoo!

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      irenemaria 4 years ago from Sweden

      I am aware of all the work behind our lenses. Thank you all of you!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Yayyy to Squidoo! Happy 7th Birthday!! I personally can't imagine Fish Eye being the name of Squidoo anymore than I can imagine my sons having any other names. :)

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      Soufiane 4 years ago from Morocco

      so we can say today "happy birthday squidoo" and light 7 cundles and have some fun.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Clearly, Fisheye was not SUPPOSED to be the name of the project, or it would have been available. :) I love the name Squidoo much better. I love saying it, I love being on it, participating on it, writing on it, reading on it. Thank you, great trailblazers and overseers of Squidoo!! You have built a wonderful community. Happy birthday, Squidoo!!!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Congratulations! Amazing achievements! ;-)

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      Hey guys, just wanted to say that I think you've created something real special here. Great to see some of the faces behind the names and catch a glimpse into your journey.

      I've only been here two months, but absolutely love it and am kind of addicted.

      I've only spoken to Bonnie and Robin so far, who are fantastically friendly. I look forward to spending a long future on squidoo and hopefully speaking to several more of you in future. :)

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      MrsNagrom 4 years ago

      I have spoken to Susan (Susan52) on here & she is so kind & helpful. I absolutely love her personality. Squidoo definitely has a GREAT team of People!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Robin and Bonnie are two of my very favorite people on Squidoo...that's not to say I don't like the rest of you Squids, but it's just that they are the ones I have the most contact with, and they've always been very inspiring. Happy Birthday Squidoo, I've been here for 3 of your 7!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      I'm thankful to be one of the Lensmasters on this great opportunity Squidoo site...