On November 14 at 6 p.m. we had a SPJ Workshop hosted by Ceillie Simkiss titled “Social Media Verification, or how to not make an ass of yourself on the internet.” It was a really good workshop that started out with a picture of a vampire deer (with antlers) and the question was posed, is this real? How do we verify this?
We were then taken through a list of websites to know how to verify, here are just the ones we talked about:
- http://www.emergent.info – check for already debunked stuff
- http://www.snopes.com – check for already debunked stuff
- http://www.churnalism.com – Check to see if part/all of an article is from a press release.
- http://truthy.indiana.edu/botornot/ – check to see the likelihood of a Twitter user being a bot.
- http://www.spokeo.com – creep on people, paid
- http://www.pipl.com – creep on people
- http://www.webmii.com – see what other social media websites a person is on
- http://www.panoramio.com – do the images look like they should for the area?
- http://izitru.com – check images for photoshop!
- http://www.tineye.com – where else has this been used before?
- http://www.veri.ly – crowdsourced confirmation of photos
- http://www.zeef.com – categorically organized media groups
- http://www.politifact.com – political truth-o-meter
It was amazing and very educational, thank you Ceillie for hosting this, looking forward to the next one on Tuesday night November 18 at 6 p.m. in room 144 of Stillwell
And the vampire deer, it is real.