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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Learn the Real Facts about Websites: Be Safe Then

I have received this article from my newsletter last Sunday. Honestly, I like the very brief content that it has and I would like to share them to all of you. The newsletter is an educational one, coming frm a very good library database that I use for educational purposes, Questia.

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I share the same sentiments as the online search expert mentioned in the following original quoted article and here I am, sharing this all of you who uses the web for educational and reference purposes. We all better be careful with the data we gather and the information we create. I have to say that Internet is NeveR safe! I always hold this contention.

The following is the original article from my newsletter. I quote it below:
There's a staggering amount of information available on the Internet... and a lot of it is inaccurate. Online search expert Tara Calishain calls them "Internet facts" and says, "They're not necessarily true."

"They're distributed," she explains in her book Web Search Garage (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR, 2005), 111, "via both the Web and e-mail. There are a couple of resources that are invaluable for checking out these sites, but in addition to these resources there are three e-mail characteristics that should raise a red flag for you:

You're asked to forward the e-mail to everyone you know.

The e-mail describes a problem — like a particularly horrible virus — that if it were legitimate would be on every cable channel as an emergency news flash, including the Golf Channel.

The e-mail promises you some kind of reward for forwarding/replicating the mail."

Here are three of the resources Calishain recommends for checking out Internet sites and facts:

Snopes — http://www.snopes.com – "Snopes is the first site I go to when I want to check out something that someone has sent me. It's never let me down."

Vmyths — http://www.vmyths.com – Use this one, she says, to learn the truth behind virus warnings.

Evaluating information found on the Internet — http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html — This site from The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University "discusses the criteria by which scholars in most fields evaluate print information, and shows how the same criteria can be used to assess information found on the Internet."

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  1. Wow very informative and useful.. I think I have to use Snopes and Vymths a lot because i been receiving this lottery emails and some stuff that really irritates me.. Tahnsk for sharing sistah!

  2. its nice to know these websites. Those lottery emails that i been getting really annoys me.. Thanks for sharing!

  3. oh thanks for the info sis... that certinaly gives me some knowledge online..

    as for you comment: it is a matter of choice my dear, if you don't celebrate all souls day or all saints day, for me, since every family member is very important for me, whether if its not during those days, i cherish and tries not to forget them, it is one way of at least spending 1 day with them, remember them because hopefully someday, the way that i did to them will be passed to my kids or family and will do the same thing as i did, give importance eventhough they are dead. and not to forget them

    hehehe..naku drama na naman ako.. its sooo hard if you lose someone that is very dear to you a very young age and your actually seeing the whole thing. but some things happen for a reason...

  4. Nice post sis! I received emails also that is like a chain letter telling me to forward the email or I'll have a bad luck. It's very irritating. Thanks for sharing the info. :)


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