Crap Detectors

There are many, MANY pages that could disappear from the web tomorrow without lowering the overall usefulness of the network.

And then there are those absolutely essential, can’t-continue-without resources: like Snopes.com, which is profiled in this morning’s Post and, surprisingly, turns out to be a two-person operation.

Snopes receives 6.3 million site visits a month, according to media measurement company Quantcast, and about 600 e-mailed research requests a day from desperate voters who don’t know What. To. Believe.

“Usually it’s around 400,” says Barbara, 49. “But, election season.” She sighs.

“A lot of people don’t realize,” David, 48, says wearily, “that our site is just two people.”

Working out of their living room.

I only wish more people would check the site before forwarding spam emails for me to verify. :-)

3 thoughts on “Crap Detectors

  • September 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm
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    Like you, after squashing many issues using snopes, I’m often asked, “how do you know Snopes is valid?” I guess I have to put a great deal of faith in 2 people. So far, so good.

  • September 28, 2008 at 9:04 pm
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    I’d say my faith in the two people at Snopes came the same way as my trust for the creators behind any other site I use. After verifying their information with other sites for while, I found their reports were accurate and worthy of a recommendation to people who trust me.

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm
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    How in the hell is this a two person operation. I have several friends that rely on this site to authenticate their emails or rumors floating around online. So, it is interesting to know that it is run so by only two people and out of their living room, haha!!! Wow I bet they are busy, I wonder though about their ability to truly research the topics.
    Melissa A. Cochran
    EDTC4001-008

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