Design, then….• Look for the copyright notice, indicating an author or publisher• Determine if any citations or links suggest the authors bias or ignorance• Find the "About" page on the website (use Ctrl-F)• Check out source data• Parse the web address – Visit the home page
Social Media Verification• Consider the social history of the source.• Seek social corroboration. – Check Klout or PeerIndex score• Ask: Was the source in a position to know whats/he claims to know?• Seek official corroboration.• Google them.• Talk to them directly.
Authorship analysis• Before deciding to trust a source, it is important to understand: – What makes the author an expert? – What motivates the author to write on this topic? – Is it easy to find contact information? – Are there photos of the author(s)?
Professional online identity• Search for the author, website, or sponsoring organization and read what others have to say about them – You may need to try the authors name in quotes: e.g.: "daniel m russell“ – Google handle name and spam spammer scam• Consult Wikipedia for background
Domain Owner• alexa• who.is or domaintools• Aboutus• PageRank
Open Site Explorer
Image verification• Check exif info: regex.info/exif.cgi• Use Google maps• Tineye or Google image search
Exercise• Type this URL into a browser – http://bit.ly/credexercise• Evaluate the credibility of the two websites provided at the top of the page• Share your answer on the discussion board… and not within the webpage – #1 Food safety – #2 The Iowa Source
Up Next:Cultural digital media differences
Exercise• Start working through the examples.• Spend about 15 minutes to compare 5 pairs of pages• Look at both pages side-by-side and think about which you find credible… and why.• As you work through the pages, fill out the form for each pair.
Web credibility:Site and social media verification serenacarpenter.com @drcarp