“I didn’t know back then, I had no means!”

September 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized)

How do we verify information…the traditional way? We’ve seen telenovelas with matapobres hiring private investigators to check on the background of a family member’s lover. We’ve seen movies making fun of suitors who follow the love of their lives to know where those cuties live.  We’ve heard of literally digging the dirt to get clues and documents of other people. Let me ask you this, will you really do those things? Out of desperation, yes? Hey, you’re part of the Gen X or what we call the Net Gen. You know a thousand alternatives, a thousand ways to get what you want and even pass through those that payments to gain that precious “thing.”

But, think it over, if you were in that situation, and I mean in that time. Also, notice that those methods only apply if you’re in the same country. Could you follow the apple of your eye home if she’s living in Japan and you’re here in the Philippines? Could you hire a private investigator in Paris if the other party is in Hawaii? I guess not. I know someone, a relatively old person, who was tricked outside the Philippines back in 2000 where the Internet is not yet at its peak. Let’s name that person Alex. Alex has no way to prove if the suitor is telling the truth, when Alex and the suitor went back in the Philippines, they had a child but Alex discovered that the suitor, who’s now a partner in life with blessings from God, has a family that was left here. It was too late for Alex. Now, the same thing happened, history repeats itself. Alex was abandoned by the partner in life because of another person in another country. I wonder if the “other” person knows that there’s an Alex in the life of the “partner in life.”

We are no different from Alex if we just receive information without verifying it. It’s now easier to get a hold of records and data, but how about verifying it? You see, most of us take everything as it is. As a member of the Net Gen and as an OrCom student and future practitioner, we should be able to distinguish the truth behind the lies, behind the statistics, behind the “7 out of 10 uses this and that” propaganda. It wouldn’t hurt to PROCESS things, would it?

Organizations and people alike should have a check and balance of the information they are receiving. The fastest way to do it is through NSM but it may not be the best. Still, it has accuracy and you don’t need to go through the arduous traditional methods I mentioned above. For people viewing, you might want to check their digital footprint. To listen what others has been saying about you, then, you might want really need NSM to back you up. Researching will never be the same.

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5 Comments

  1. xydc said,

    Search engines! These are the most basic tools for online monitoring and/or verifying things, people, etc. We have talked about blogs and microblogs in our last session, and this just leaves us with another option in building our online reputation as well. This tool will help our cyberstalkers or potential employers with more means to do their “check and balance” on us. We must be prepared, though, for the “mistaken identity” instances in reputation management. Now, we have the means, so are there any more excuses not to know how to verify information? 🙂

  2. strawberrysheepcake said,

    I agree with Xy. search engines! but actually, I have this “trauma” on search engines.
    that is why i disabled my name on some social networking sites from appearing on search engines. I also remember our discussion about potential employers googling the applicants’ names. That is rather scary for me. You can never know what might appear there. As much as we want only positives things to be linked with our names, we can never limit anything appearing on search engines completely. There are identity thefts everywhere on the net, which is why we have to take extra care in putting personal information online 🙂

  3. lstea said,

    We generally believe what we first see. So it’s time we do try to validate the information we get. We already know that the internet is a free place and by free, no one’s here to filter out the unreliable and irrelevant information. The only way for us to validate is to look if the page has cited sources and then googling the citations to see whether or not it’s something reliable.

  4. commbustiblethoughts said,

    Back then, verifying information is quite tedious. Now, it is easier for us because we have the new social media. Issues about trust are either cleared out or confirmed just by back-reading status messages or posts on Facebook. In terms of organizations, they can always monitor their digital footprints using a variety of tools available on the web. For people, like us who cower in fear at the thought of having future employers monitor our online activities, we know that we can always use this to our advantage. We can post “the good stuff” and control or counteract the negative things about us. As future Orcom practitioners, it is only but wise to be “experts” in managing our reputation. 🙂

  5. minustheinkstains said,

    No wonder our professors don’t want us to use online references. I guess they are still the most unreliable. Still, that is just one kind of thing that the internet lacks. Although the internet has made it easier for us to verify our information, we still must be very careful. I suppose one way of being totally sure is check more than once and from many sources. Only then should we be satisfied with the information that we get.

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