SocialSpark / Izea / Blogger Choice Awards Hijacked my Site

SocialSpark just sent out an invitation for beta testing a day or so ago, and either they’re getting seriously desperate, or there was a major error in their code.

Perhaps it was good, but misguided intentions. Whichever way, SocialSpark managed to hijack my site.

My humblest apologies to SocialSpark / Izea / Blogger Choice Awards!

They DID NOT HIJACK my site.

And thanks to Dang and Dan for not calling me a dumb ass in their comments, although I’m sure those who come after them might.

Turns out, I requested a sponsored opportunity, and what I described as hijacking my site was, in fact, a sponsorship… which looked like it hijacked my site.

If it was written somewhere, I didn’t read it, but the effect of blacking out my site, popping up an advert, fading back to my site and popping up an advertising bar at the bottom nearly made my heart stop, as I didn’t expect it.

In fact, I didn’t even know the sponsored opportunity had been approved, as with SocialSpark it seems as if you have to queue for everything – unlike PayPerPost which is either you get it or you don’t.

So ok, I overreacted, and again, my humblest apologies to SocialSpark / Izea / Blogger Choice Awards who DID NOT hijack my site.

Say what you’re thinking: I’m a dumbass.


  • Dan...

    18 April 2008 at 09:23

    That's really odd. When I view the BCA Blog Sponsorship opportunity in SocialSpark, your profile picture shows as someone who requested that specific sponsorship. See… (your profile is 'eastofwest', correct?)

    Is it possible you accidently clicked "take this sponsorship"?

    I've taken a couple of sponsorships and they've each sponsored my blog only after I clicked "take this sponsorship".

  • Dang

    18 April 2008 at 09:29

    Did you take a "Blog Sponsorship" opportunity for your blog?

  • 1Earth

    18 April 2008 at 09:41

    Cheers guys. Long day at work, 1.39am and clearly I overreacted.

    When you explained Dan, it became spine-chillingly clear what had happened – I guess I just didn't expect the effect.

  • Dang

    18 April 2008 at 09:43

    No problem 🙂 Blog Sponsorships are new to everyone, so it might be a little confusing at first.

  • Julia

    18 April 2008 at 23:09

    we're still waiting for a post about the ultimate tournament!

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