It is pretty misleading. I just did a search. If I saw that splash page without knowledge I would assume that Squidoo simply changed it name to HubPages.
Edit: I am not referring to those who used to be on Squidoo, but as a webmaster myself I know that many people would be mislead by what that splash page says if they were randomly searching with no prior knowledge.
As I said on another thread, I'm not sure why it's misleading. I suppose it could imply that Squidoo has been renamed HubPages, rather than Squidoo being swallowed up by HubPages, but I'm not sure that really matters.
A merger is when two companies get together. Sometimes they merge seamlessly to become one company with one name, and the other name just disappears. Sometimes they keep the subsidiary name because it has a good reputation that's worth keeping.
Kmart actually bought Sears, not the other way around - but Kmart chose to continue the Sears name because of its reputation.
I can think of lots of examples where that didn't happen. For instance, Allianz Insurance bought Mercantile Mutual Insurance and renamed all the Australian branches as Allianz. The old name was simply abandoned. Their adverts said, "MMI is now Allianz", to let customers know where to find them. HubPages is doing the same.
A better wording would be "Squidoo is now PART OF HubPages" but I really don't see why it's a big problem.
If you click the link that you find on Google with the original wording, you will see the new splash page now has this text, "Squidoo is now part of HubPages." It will take some time for Google to switch that actual wording out on the immediate search results as it will have to index the splash page again before it is picked up.
I have often read other hubbers mention Squidoo in their questions yet I never knew anything about it. In 2006 I joined Yahoo360 as a blogger and that folded awhile back. Who knows where those earlier blogs went to. Thanks for stating that Squidoo is now HubPages. Have a pleasant and inspiring day!
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