Monday, April 05, 2010

Truth or Dare...

I've been on the web fairly consistently for the better part of the past 14 years. During that time I've seen what the NY Times called "a staggering amount of untruths". I've been a snopes user for the past decade and I assume every one else is using their page to fact check the latest email from wacky Uncle Bill in Montana or Grandma's latest you'll get Swine Flu from Bacon email. Apparently, I was mistaken.

So while this is not related to the financial markets, I'd ask that everyone bookmark www.snopes.com and please consult it the next time you get an email about the Olive Garden offering $500 gift certificates if you friend them on Facebook (however, the finely tuned skeptic would have been tipped off by the fact that the Olive Garden and not the Four Season Nevis was offering a gift card).

PS - once we get going in the election cycle consider bookmarking www.factcheck.org - they offer a balanced review of most claims by politicians in speeches and their ads. It's a little slow for them now with no elections on the horizon, but this fall they will be worth a visit every week.

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Remember when I first mentioned the iPad and said that you have to be careful where the reviews are coming from because the old media (newspapers) see this as their last chance at redemption.

Well, to date the print reviews have been glowing, but there is a fairly strong online sentiment that can be best summed up with a yawn. Consider boingboing.net's "Why I won't buy an iPad and you shouldn't either".

Also, I beg the TV news crews out covering the lines of people waiting to get their iPad to just once ask them what they plan on using it for? I guarantee you that you'll get blank stares. Almost all of those first day early adopters seem to be trying to sell them on eBay or craigslist.

A quick look at craigslist shows - 600 iPads for sale in NYC, 500 in LA, 480 in SF, even 74 in Tampa. EBay has almost 9,000 iPad listings right now and while some listing are for accessories, a good chunk of the listings are iPads bought today.

When you're collecting 99 weeks of unemployment you have lots of time to stand in line for an iPod on steroids.

Cheers!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: $500 gift certificate to Olive Garden. It is a wonder my delete button isn't worn out from all of that type of trash we get in our e-mail. I forward very few e-mails but always delete all of the previous addresses. Wish everyone would do the same. Speaking of Olive Garden, sure wish they would come to Watertown!

The Artful Blogger said...

We'd all be better off if more people hit the delete button.

I have a number of tech friends that have shown me the logs of their companies and the amount of company time wasted on hoax chain mail and facebook is staggering -- in the North Country you'd probably have to add Newzjunky to that list.

Thx for the comment!