Snopes – A Great Fact Checking Tool for Social Media

Uncertain postingOne good way to generate content for your social media platforms is to share posts from other people or organizations you think your followers might enjoy.  This is handy on the days you might not have as much time or you’re running low on ideas.  You do have to be careful, however.   Make sure the things you post are factual, for inaccurate posts will reflect poorly on your organization.  In the past this took a lot of time and energy – researching sources and data.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to do this anymore.  There is a great tool online that will help you validate the authenticity of your sources.  It’s called Snopes.

Snopes is “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”  It is a user-friendly website that can help you check your posts.  You can simply post your information in the Snopes search box, and it will come back with an accuracy check.

Snopes offers more than fact checks, it also has interesting blog posts debunking rumors. For example “The Notebook Sequel Isn’t in Production” and “Moving to Canada Search Spike.”  Surprise, surprise during an election year many of these rumors are candidate related.  They also offer an e-mail newsletter, a Top 25, and other interesting pages if you feel like scanning their website.snopes fact check

So, long story short, if you’re getting ready to post something that may seem a bit controversial or maybe even fabricated, check Snopes first.  Remember, what you post on your social media represents you and/or your company.  You want to be not only interesting, but honest and factual.  Happy Posting!