Dear Gullible…

For the record, something isn’t true just because someone told you it is.

I logged onto Facebook this morning to see that someone had ‘liked’ “R.I.P. R.I.P. Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman”. Where possible, I like to verify things for myself, so I did a very quick Google search for “Morgan Freeman dead” and within seconds found out that Morgan Freeman was very much alive. This simple process was evidently a little too complicated for the 402,816 people who ‘liked’ the fact that Morgan Freeman was supposedly dead. I can only assume that the 402,816 people who ‘liked’ this are unable to think for themselves, which is rather worrying as it probably means that they will believe any old tripe.

This evening, I received a message on Whatsapp. It was a rather lengthy message from one of my contacts and basically said that due to over-subscription of user names (ridiculous in that Whatsapp only uses telephone numbers and not user names), I had to forward the message on to 10 of my own contacts. By doing this, I would validate my account, cause the Whatsapp icon to turn red and avoid the requirement to pay £25.00 to reactivate my account at a later date. Whatsapp only cost me 69p in the first place. A quick peek at the Whatsapp Blog could confirm that you’ve received pointless crap.

We’ve all had the emails that say fairies and sick children will die if you don’t forward the email onto 763 people and it almost saddens me to know that so many people just go ahead and do this, without really thinking about it. Is Microsoft really going to donate $1 for every time the chain email is forwarded on? Come on- it would cost them $1 million in the first day!

If you see or receive something that seems like it may be untrue, it probably is. Avoid looking stupid by doing a quick Google search if in any doubt at all and certainly don’t send the fictitious nonsense to your so-called friends.

5 Replies to “Dear Gullible…”

  1. I hate those texts & e-mails that state you have to send it on to 10 friends or you will die a painful death or “like” if you think this treatment of a pet pooch is awful. What can “liking” those pictures possibly do for that dog???? and it really does seem a contradiction in terms to “like” the suffering of others. There must a benefit for someone in this but i just cant figure out who or what it could possibly be. The cynical me thinks someone, somewhere is up to no good and making fools of everyone who complies.

  2. I suspect that it’s just people who are on a power trip. They probably intend to see if their stupid nonsense reaches far and wide around the interweb.
    People with small penises and nothing better to do, I guess.

  3. If 1 million people don’t comment on this post in the next 48 hours, the internet will be turned off and your council tax will quadruple to cover the cost of the job losses.

  4. Done a bit of googling research (ofcourse all sources are unverified so i could have been sucked into another conspiracy theory) but I did also hear this from a cynical friend ….

    There are forums to help people get their pictures liked or commented on. The main goal being to go “Viral”. Once this has been achieved social networking sites give these people an account with a thousand followers or more (all those who “liked” the pictures). They are then paid by advertisers to plug products on their page or account.

    I knew there had to be money in it somewhere. What a crappy world we live in.

    1. It makes it a bit more understandable if there’s a motive, but you’re talking about the people who start the rumours/send out false information. I’m referring to the silly sods who just read something and instantly believe it, regardless of the source, any available evidence or the fact that you can find out if it’s true by Googling it.

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