How You Can Spot Fake Viral News Story Before it Wreck you

Many fake news sites intentionally try to pass themselves off as real, either by never disclosing their satirical nature or hiding the disclosure deep within their website. Still others are just peddling false and salacious tales to drive traffic to their site and rake in ad revenue — something easy to do when social media allows the rapid spread of misinformation.



So how can you ensure you’re not being bamboozled? Here are  10 tips to get you started.

  1. The Source Is Known to Be Shady
  2. Other Stories From This Source Are Incredulous
  3. Reputable News Sites Aren’t Carrying It
  4. It Predicts a Future Disaster
  5. It Reveals a Cure for a Major Illness
  6. The Website Carries a Disclaimer
  7. The Story Is a Little Too Funny or Interesting
  8. A Poll is Featured
  9. The Website or Blog Has an Odd Domain Name
  10. The Story Makes You Angry

The important point here is never to act on or pass on any information you read or view unless you know for sure whether it’s true or false. Then you can let the recipient know.Whether these are satirical sites or websites run by people with an ax to grind, if you find yourself getting pretty steamed, take a step back and re-evaluate.


How to Improve Your Facebook’s Organic Reach

If you are seeing a drop in organic reach on Facebook, you can blame Facebook’s algorithm, or you can do something about it. See below Infographic from Social Media Examiner on how to improve your Facebook organic reach.

How to Improve Your Facebook’s Organic Reach
Courtesy of: Quick Sprout

I recently created my Facebook fan Page Micheal MercySocial. I will follow the steps above, hoping to reach more real fans for free to keep my page alive and promote my blog content.

How else can you grow your fan base?

Top 5 E-Learning Software Tools

E-learning or internet-enabled learning is fast showing signs of recovery with more and more corporate now investing extensively in this technology to train staff in new applications, processes and services, soft skills and customer interaction. 

While the term “e-learning” has been thrown around quite a lot in recent years, many are still unaware of what it actually means and how it can help them achieve success in both their professional and personal lives. Simple meaning of E-Learning is the use of electronic educational technology in teaching and learning.

The latest e-Learning concepts are gamification, m-learning, social learning, instructional design and many more.

Organisations can save costs through e-learning in comparison to the classroom-based teachings. The benefits are visible in case of e-learning – lower cost, no travelling, increased participation, less load on faculty, assessment tracking, flexibility and improved response to market needs.

Some of the e-learning limitations are the lack of control, poor learning approach, isolation, technology issues, and staff computer competency.

It may seem tempting to dedicate less time to the organisation of eLearning due to the fact staff don’t need time off, there is no set time or location and no equipment and trainer to get there but do not underestimate how much needs to be done.

Deadlines need to be routinely organised for each individual employee, progress regularly monitored, queries always catered for and targets made. blog evaluated several eLearning programs in-depth, and they reported these findings to help assist anyone looking for an eLearning platform in making a wise and informed decision.

Top 5 eLearning Software Tools

#1 Tool: Siminars
#2 Tool: Udemy
#3 Tool: Articulate
#4 Tool: Udacity
#5 Tool: SkillShare

Here are reviews, arranged according to favorite to least favorites.

- Reviews of the Best eLearning Software for Online Learning

These software platforms for eLearning can be used by teachers, authors, coaches, self-help gurus, etc. They help create an online, customizable system of learning with fast reporting and that conforms to the needs of each individual client.

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