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How To Destroy Your Credibility By Sacrificing Authenticity - Zenologue

How To Destroy Your Credibility By Sacrificing Authenticity - Zenologue | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
What happens when we sacrifice our authenticity? We damage our brand, reduce our credibility, lose trust and harm our reputation as a trusted authority - a great example here of blogger John Chow.
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An analysis of the relationship between credibility and authenticity and how important one can be to the other.

 

Rank #16 - There is a correlation between these two pillars of online scepticism and it is important to know what that link is. If you are in the business of building an online reputation it is important to know one of the potential ways that exist for you to cripple your reputation as a way to avoid doing so.

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Harry Madigan's curator insight, October 3, 2014 9:37 PM

This is a particularly interesting piece, as it shows the direct correlation between Credibility and Authenticity. After reading the piece, i became aware of the indisputable relationship between the two. This piece is about as relevant and authoritative as it gets, in regards to my topic choice. It covers two of the major points i pose and outlines an interesting corelation between the two.   

LA Transformational Leaders's curator insight, March 28, 2016 11:50 PM

An analysis of the relationship between credibility and authenticity and how important one can be to the other.

 

Rank #16 - There is a correlation between these two pillars of online scepticism and it is important to know what that link is. If you are in the business of building an online reputation it is important to know one of the potential ways that exist for you to cripple your reputation as a way to avoid doing so.

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Do not Buy Swords Online Until You Read This!

Do not Buy Swords Online Until You Read This! | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
DISCOVER the real deal on how to buy swords online that some unscrupulous sword merchants would prefer you didnt know
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Even when buying a sword it is important to know how to buy a real one. I have been the victim of a fake sword purchase and it was really frustrating when having to scrub off the rust caused by an afternoon of slicing lemons from a tree.

 

Rank #20 - Not the most vital read on the topic at hand but I have included this because I was a victim of this nature and I feel it is important to spread the word about such 'scams'. The more real to life examples that can make a list like this the better. From knowledge build confidence and that comes together to shape a better online experience for everyone. 

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Fake or Authentic sneakers: Pick the right website! - Hoopsvibe

Fake or Authentic sneakers: Pick the right website! - Hoopsvibe | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
Fake or Authentic sneakers: Pick the right website.
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Authenticity reaches every aspect of the online world. When you cannot hold the item in your hand before purchasing it there is a larger risk that it will be a fake. In regard to sneakers, this website is designed to help guide you in the direction of authentic sneakers.

 

Rank #12 - We are part of a society that loves to buy. We buy online to make it more convenient and sometimes cheaper. Where does the risk lie in buying online though? Some websites are designed to take your money and give you nothing, the website in question here will give you something but it will be of lower then expected quality, most likely ending in disappointment . Nobody likes disappointment so it is important that you read this if you want to buy shoes online, or anything really.

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Media Credibility & Crisis Reporting | The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change

Media Credibility & Crisis Reporting | The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

How social media is changing the way people react to crisis situations despite the credibility of the information.

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An interesting look at the use of social media during crisis situations. 

 

Rank #11 - If a tree falls in the forrest, does it send a tweet? Probably not. This page goes into detail about the use of  social media in the spread of 'big' information such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the effect social media has in the spread of false information. 

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Harry Madigan's curator insight, October 4, 2014 1:56 AM

A clever infographic, which looks at the spread of incorrect, unauthentic and conclusively non-credible information via social media. 

 

Which reminded me of one of the modules about produsage. 

 

 

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Credibility and Digital Media @ UCSB

Credibiilty and Digital Media @ UCSB: seeking to understand how people find and use online information that they believe to be credible.
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A little bit about Digital Media and the stakes of credibility.

 

Rank #10 - So why do we need to study credibility? If you have already forgotten then you should read this to blow over and confusion. This was the first page I read when making this list and it was a good introduction into the 'why' of credibility study.

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Tom Irons's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:28 AM

A site put together by two University of California, Santa Barbra professors, Dr Miriam Metzger and Dr Andrew Flanagin, about the importance of understanding credibility in Digital Media.

They stress the importance of determining credibility in the information one digests online and how inaccurately assessing the credibility of a source can impact someone; socially, personally, mentally, rationally and financially.

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Checking website authenticity? - Yahoo Answers

Checking website authenticity? - Yahoo Answers | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

An example of a website to never use, even more so than Wikipedia

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Included to educate. This is one of the least credible websites for gathering data. PLEASE do NOT use this for the purposes of information gathering or learning or teaching or when curious. There are some funny answers to questions but that is all this website should be used for.

 

Rank #8 - At the other end of the credibility scale we have this website. This site screams "incredible" and even the most unaware people can still (hopefully) spot the problems with such a site. This makes my list at 8 because it is so far fetched that it must be shown off. Well done Yahoo Answers, you are truly a shining beacon of what you do not want to become when building a credible website.

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Web credibility: The basics

Learn the basics of web credibility in this informative article.

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For those who wish to design their own website with that credible flair.

 

Rank #18 - Not the most comprehensive list and won't leave you feeling like a pro on the topic but this page does cover some important points on the subject. Give it a read if you don't have too long. 

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Helpful Hints to Help You Evaluate the Credibility of Web Resources

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Easy to understand website that provides dot points to cover a broad subject.

 

Rank #1 - I have put this as the most important because it covers everything one needs to know when understanding credibility and authenticity of websites. There are others on my list that provide more information but if you only have a small amount of time and wish to learn the basics of the topic then this website will give you that knowledge. 

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The Web Credibility Project - Stanford University

The Web Credibility Project - Stanford University | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
The Stanford Web Credibility Project: Part of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab our goal is to understand what leads people to believe what they find on the Web. We hope this knowledge will enhance Web site design and promote future research on Web credibility.
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One of the most comprehensive 'Authenticity and Credibility' webpages on the internet. A highly recommended over the course of a couple days.

 

Rank #4 - This is more of a read and requires more effort in order to learn about the topic. Being in the form of an e-book it means it is needed to be downloaded. Do not be so haste to say no though because it really does give the reader a thorough run down of the topic of credibility. Time consuming - yes, time wasting - no.

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LEO: Assessing the credibility of online sources

LEO: Assessing the credibility of online sources | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

A dot-pointed guide to ensuring credibility and authenticity when finding references" 

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Rank #19 - One of my first pages found on the topic. I really got a good feel for where this Scoop.it page would take me after reading this article. I was led onto a path of many variations of how the topic could affect so many people. A basic understanding will envelop you after reading this but that may be all you are after, if so then this is the page for you. Enjoy.

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Personal - CommBank

Personal - CommBank | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
CommBank offers personal banking, business solutions, institutional banking, company information, and more
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There are numerous ways to tell this website is legitimate. The first is the big lock symbol in the URL space. If you find yourself on a banking website without that symbol, you are in the wrong place!

 

Rank #13 - Banking. When we think of this we automatically assume security is going to be present. This website knows that and they show it off as much as they can. It is useful to be aware of these methods as they can save you a lot of heart ache. This deserves this spot because by now you should know what to look for and you will have fun spotting all the measures this website goes to to esnure a happy banking experience. 

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U.S. media losing credibility

U.S. media losing credibility | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

"“any impartial assessment of the professional conduct of most American media outlets in covering the Iran situation would find it deeply flawed and highly opinionated to the point where I would say that mainstream media coverage of Iran in the U.S. is professionally criminal”"

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A hard look at the U.S media environment from a third party perspective.

 

Rank #14 - With doubt over the media's credibility at an all time high, this website delves into the problem of specifically the U.S's media circle from an outside perspective and why it  is so. A good read but does leave you with some questions so it cannot be ranked any higher than 14.

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5 Ways To Build Online Credibility

5 Ways To Build Online Credibility | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
Selling online requires you and your business to be trustworthy, authoritative and most importantly, credible. When you are competing against hundreds of other online businesses for your customers' money, it comes down to your word versus theirs.
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How to build an online credibility. 

"It takes 20 years to build a good reputation, but only 5 minutes to destroy it" 

 

Rank #15 - If you are in the communications realm then you know how important credibility and authenticity are. That is why we try to make a good resume, or why a reference is important. These 5 steps will allow you to become the credible person online that you see yourself as offline. 

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An easy, straight to the point source which perfectly outlines how to build online credibility. 

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Social Media as a Credible News Source

Social Media as a Credible News Source | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

Is social media a credible news source? Is it better to keep up to date with the latest trends even if they haven't been confirmed?

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"Twitter breaks news. TV covers it. #NewParadigm"

 

Rank #17 - When you see on Facebook/Twitter that a big event has unfolded do you then mark it as true and then keep scrolling? I hope not. Hopefully you then Google the topic to find out more. This link is in my list because it will teach you that not everything you see on social media is necessarily the way the event unfolded. People have different opinions and it is perspective in these opinions that can change a story. This also goes into the good aspects of social media as a news source because there are quite a few and their story needs to be told.

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Tom Irons's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:19 AM

Rank 8#

 

 

 

An interesting article on how nowadays social media is often the first medium at which word is spread or news breaks. Is this a good thing? Can we rely on, as it is put in the article, "citizen journalism" to give us real time updates on the worlds happenings?

The article suggest that social media should play a role in tandem with traditional media outlets to report the news. The problem is so often people see something on social media and immediately believe its true, without thinking critically and looking up things like;

who reported the news? Are they a credible source given the nature of the news being reported?

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Beware: Fake World Cup Tickets Are Really, Really Convincing

Beware: Fake World Cup Tickets Are Really, Really Convincing | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
FIFA said today that about 50 people were turned away from World Cup games after trying to enter with fake tickets, warning consumers to beware of forgeries that look very, very real.  
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Huge events such as the World Cup are attract scammers due to the massive amount of money circling around an event like this. 

 

Rank #2 - To really drive the point in about unauthentic websites an example is often needed and I have decided to give the example as soon as possible. Some people need to see the negative of not being sure about a website before they will start to be more cautious. So I believe that this deserves a high spot on my list due to the fact that anyone could fall for a trick like this without the correct know-how.

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How to Test the Validity or Authenticity of a Website

How to Test the Validity or Authenticity of a Website | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
When you perform business online, you run the risk of coming across fake websites that may steal your money, harm your computer and even steal your identity. Testing a website against some safety ...
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Short. Sharp. Effective

 

Rank #9 - There isn't too much more information this websites shows off that the others on here don't but I really like one point this site makes that the others don't mention as much, and that is what they have to say about URL's and more to the point, incorrectly spelt URL's. A much needed read.

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Tom Irons's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:32 AM

Rank 6# - Similar to #5, a checklist for how to assess the credibility of a website


Notes a way in which you can determine the authenticity of a website. Outlines how scammers often just slightly misspell URL's that can often go unnoticed. A must read for people shopping online

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39 Factors: Website Credibility Checklist

39 Factors: Website Credibility Checklist | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it
If you're Amazon or Apple - congratulations! You don't have any credibility issues. Most of us aren't so lucky. Almost all but the biggest companies have a
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If 9 dot points aren't enough... here is 39!

 

Rank #3 - This website offers a huge amount of information that will help protect the user and also give tips on how to more 'authenticity smart'. As such, I believe that it is an important step to understanding the topic as a whole. 

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Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

Dihydrogen Monoxide

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I am sure a lot of people have heard of this website. I have included this in my list because of the way it cleverly skews data, presents it scientifically and will even convince you that Dihydrogen Monoxide is dangerous... Despite being water. 

While not explaining authenticity or credibility as a topic it does a great job as an example of the need to be vigilant while researching online. 

 

Rank #7 - One of my favourite websites because it can so easily trick you into believing that water is deadly. How? because they call it by a different name. For some people the sound of it makes it seem dangerous and that is how they trick you. This makes my top 10 because the website has traits of a credible site but also tries to be as incredible as possible. By now you should have already googles Dihydrogen Monoxide because the world is unfamiliar which should be a sign that you must check. If you have then well done and you are now a better judge of credibility and authenticity then when you started.

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Authenticity Issues of Social Media: Credibility, Quality and Reality

Authenticity Issues of Social Media: Credibility, Quality and Reality | Online Authenticity and Credibility | Scoop.it

"Social media has led to paradigm shifts in ways people work and do business, interact and socialise, learn and obtain knowledge. So much so that social media has established itself as an important information carrier that even news stations use. With this comes the risk of citing uncredibile  tweets, statuses etc."

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A big read but carries a lot of useful information

 

Rank #6 - This would be the number 1 spot on a lot of people's lists but due to its size I cannot justify placing it there. It easily breaks the top 10 but it will reach no higher than 6. If you want to really become a master of this topic with regards to social media this is the document for you. 

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How can I tell if a website is credible?

"It can be challenging to determine whether a website you’re using is credible, but here are a few things to look for"

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A great website that shows off its credibility allowing the reader to be sure of its authenticity in the information it holds. 

 

Rank #5 - Need a quick brush up of your new online credibility spotting skill? This web page is really small but one read will spark your memory about the topic, afterwards you will have remembered everything you have learnt thus far and once again be a credibility spotting guru.

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