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Friday, October 17, 2014

Be Careful What You Share

We came across this blog post from Oakley Sign Company. Oakley Signs is an authorized sign provider for RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty. Even though it is geared towards being careful about what Real Estate agents post, we thought this would be a good thing to share with everyone. There are a lot of rumors floating around the internet every second of every day, so if we could just stop a few of them, that would be a big step. Read and enjoy…
Pause Before You Share: Snopes.com
Image of Snopes.com logoAccording to an AOL & Nielsen content sharing study, over 27,000,000 pieces of content are shared online each day, with 23% of all social media messages including links to content. (Nielsen defines content as published articles, videos, and photos.)

Indeed, it is the ease with which we share content which makes our online lives more interesting, informative, and entertaining. But along with all of this instant sharing comes an unfortunate downside: The ability for misinformation or scams to spread like a brush fire.
When you share a news story that turns out to be a hoax, or accidentally promote a scam under the guise of a fundraising effort, it can hurt your credibility. Your personal and professional reputation mingle together online, and while it can be tempting to share everything that captures your attention in the interest of forming bonds with your friends and followers, you might do well to pause before you post. A few too many bogus shares and you can go from "trusted friend and resource" to "Facebook crackpot" in a hurry.

If you come across something that seems too good or too outrageous to be true, take a moment and check to see if the latest viral news item is a scam. There's a resource online called Snopes.com which sorts a lot of what's true from what's false online:
http://www.snopes.com/info/whatsnew.asp Ask yourself if what you're about to share has larger ramifications, and verify a few facts before you share. 

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