Friday, February 27, 2009

New Carreer Path: Snopes Consultant

By now, every single person working in any business that uses email is familiar with They all know about Snopes because every time one of them forwards a chain letter, an annoying twerp like me sends back a link to Snopes. This annoying twerp makes sure to hit the reply-to-all button so that everyone in the whole freaking company can bask in the forwarder's gullability.

What's odd about this whole notion is that it even exists -- the problem, I mean. The problem of forwarding stupid chain letters with fake health warnings, fake George Carlin quotes, fake pictures of the IT guy picking his nose, etc. No matter how many times a person has been "snoped", they will continue to forward every piece of misinformation that hits their inbox. After a while they'll even preface their messages with something like, "I'm not sure if this is on Snopes or not, but..."

That last bit got me thinking. Perhaps I should start a Snopes Consulting Service through which people could call in and ask if what they're about to forward to five hundred people is true or not. While a phone service doesn't exaclty jive with our new Web 2.0 world, I think that it's the appropriate technological medium for this class of people.

Me: "Hello, Snopes Dopes, Inc."

Them: "Yeah I got this email and..."

Me: "What's the title?"

Them: "Um.. FW: Giant snake served in military with George Ca..."

Me: "Fake! This bit of sanity brought to you by, your number one source of downloading from dot com."

See, there's even a monetization strategy!


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