This is B.S.

Myth-busting.

Tracking memes.

Going beyond “someone’s wrong on the Internet”.

Here are things to think about before retweeting (used as a proxy for “sharing” on any digital channel) something that you might need to “re-call” later:

  • If a tweet sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This theme is very common in email hoaxes and legends.
  • If a tweet sounds too bad to be true, it probably is. Think “so-and-so just died!”
  • If the tweet contains a call to action but no link for verification, do not retweet without verifying!
  • If the tweet is full of ALL CAPITALS and !!!! you probably want to run away.
  • If the tweet is time-sensitive (related to a natural disaster or a major news story) then put on your virtual hoax-meter.

This collection of links (2009-2014) reflects my attempts to course-correct digital conversation.

Credit: Featured image is from Discover.com Mythbusters store

 

Author: Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

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