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. Morgan 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.