Please Check Before You Post

This weekend, a false alarm spread like wildfire throughout Facebook. You may have seen the chain status update (all in caps) that promised that Facebook would begin charging on Monday unless you copied the status update (at which point your picture would turn blue, it said) and then you would be exempt from the charges.

There were many things that signaled that this was fake. First, it was in all caps. Facebook would never announce anything in all caps. Ever. It’s amateur.

Second, think about how Facebook has announced things in the past. Normally, users get a notification at the top of their screens when they log in. They don’t rely on users sharing status updates to get the word out.

Third, if Facebook WERE to start charging (which they have said many times they will NEVER do), do you think they would really exempt you because you copied a chain status update? Not likely.

Another chain status update that has gone around lately is the one asking people to unsubscribe from your updates. This doesn’t work. Instead, see this post from Mari Smith that explains how much activity goes into the new Ticker of your friends and beyond.

So the moral of this story is PLEASE check your facts before you post. Don’t just repost because you see a chain status update go by. This is RARELY accurate information. Here are some places you can check before reposting:

  • AllFacebook – This site usually has the scoop on all things Facebook. I usually check here first.
  • Snopes.com – In fact, they have a whole section dedicated to Facebook scams.
  • Do a Google search – Often there is a news story or blog that addresses the issue.

Chain status updates do no one any good. PLEASE check your facts before you posts! Pass it on! 🙂

3 Responses to Please Check Before You Post
  1. Fab
    September 27, 2011 | 10:02 am

    Totally agree Jennifer, also the ‘it was in the news’ creates a powerful meme add to the fact that people never question something they get from their friends and we kinda see why it spread like wildfire. You should really start a ‘seed’ with this post on seededbuzz to see what other blogger might post about it. It would be interesting.

  2. Mary
    September 26, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    Another of my favorite “chain” status postings include the ones that berate you: “Post this if you care! But I know most of you probably won’t, I’ll be watching to see who does!!!”

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:21 pm

      I hate those too Mary! LOL

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