October 21, 2009
I am sure by now most of you will have noticed that Kanye West is making the headlines again, and it’s not even of his own doing.
Earlier today, “RIP Kanye West” became the top trending topic on Twitter and the most searched for item on Google in the US, after a hoax tweet suggested that West had been killed in a car crash.
An understandably angry girlfriend, Amber Rose, posted a multi-tweet response to the hoax: read more
Tags: amber rose, car crash, hoax, kanye west, Twitter
October 15, 2009
Twitter and Facebook have seen a deluge of hoax messages about an abducted child, according to security firm Sophos.
You’ve probably lost count of the number of times a friend or colleague has sent you an email about a supposed virus that will destroy your computer, or some other urban legend that’s about five years old yet is still doing the rounds.
You may even have tried to educate people about checking out the facts before simply forwarding emails, with varying success rates.
Now, Twitter and Facebook are fuelling the fake AMBER alert about a missing child. read more
Tags: amber alert, child, Facebook, hoax, missing, Twitter
March 19, 2009
I don’t know about you, but the lack of source links gave the BBspot hoax about Twitter’s premium account business model away right away. Then, reading on, it got even better. Why would a 140 character service offer accounts with more than 140 characters? If you fell for this one, you probably forgot the mobile phone aspects of Twitter.
I especially like this premium account type:
Eagle ($250/month) – Users get 500 character limit, 1000 extra random followers, 3 celebrity followers of their choice, 5 hours on recommended list each month, Twitter Concierge for Tweeting while user is asleep or busy (and more), auto-spell check, “Fail Whale” tuxedo, custom “Fail Whale” page when service is down.
TechCrunch wonders what the readership would think about premium accounts, and I’d like to extend that question to the Blog Herald readers. If Twitter were offering premium accounts, what would they offer and how could they be interesting to you?
Tags: business model, hoax, premium accounts, Twitter
October 7, 2008
With the line between a legit blog and scam blog getting harder to detect, how do you really know when the blog you are reading is a scam blog? As part of this ongoing series on blog scams, we’ve covered how blog scams are growing and the impact on the economy and job market for stay-at-home workers. Learning to tell the difference between a legit blog and a scam blog is becoming more and more important as the work force moves online looking for jobs.
You begin the process of detection of a scam blog by checking the facts. I covered a lot of information previously on how to check the facts in:
Some of the sites I recommend you use to check your facts when it comes to the hoaxes, scams, and snake oil claims some blogs can make include: read more
Tags: blog safety, blog scams, fact check, fact checking, hoax, phishing, phishing scams, scam blog, scams, Security, snopes, splog, urban legend, webwatch