If it’s on the Internet, it must be true

Did you know?

When my wise old grandmother adopted me at the age of 11, one of the things that she instilled in me was the belief that humans are basically good.

She did that one day when I came home from grade school with a torn shirt and all bruised and bloody from my first encounter with the school bully.

Her 80/10/10 rule explained people:

“Ten percent of the people you meet will love you because that’s the kind of people they are. Ten percent of the people you meet will hate you because that’s the kind of people they are. Eighty percent of the people you meet will love or hate you depending on your actions and words, so be nice.”

“Basically good,” to me, also means “honest.”

Working on IBOexchange (see my post) led me to several micro job web sites. Micro jobs are easy online tasks that anyone can do from home and which pay, usually anywhere from 5¢ to $20. Five cent jobs are things such as liking someone on Facebook or YouTube. Twenty dollar jobs are usually more time-consuming, such as perusing a web site and writing a testimonial.

MoneyI have known since youth that money is the root of many problems, and watching Judge Judy confirmed that.

Of course, the $20 jobs piqued my curiosity so I checked out a few of them and just cannot convince myself to write a fake testimonial. Maybe if the pay was $200 instead of $20.

I now wonder if I can ever trust an online testimonial again. More importantly, I wonder if I will succumb to needing money so badly, or simply needing something to do, that I’m writing fake testimonials. I guess only time will tell.

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29 thoughts on “If it’s on the Internet, it must be true

  1. narami

    I don’t know if it’s me but I’ve encountered several of those fake testimonials and I’ve known because you could tell they were fake from an airplane. It was so obvious I did wonder how much they would get paid.

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      1. terrepruitt

        The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. This post just confirmed what I have been asking for a couple of years now. With the weird comments I get on my blog I KNEW someone was buying them! Thanks!

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          1. narami

            but maybe budding authors? that kind of thing… I don’t know, I’ve seen some reviews about questionable material (not to say mediocre) that just don’t sound like we’ve read the same thing.

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  2. Yoshiko

    Sometimes, it depends on the testimonials. For the one who never go into a topic, find it refreshing. For those who experiences it, the content topic doesn’t interest give reader. Unless the person read it in a neutral way.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I can see paid reviews because that’s been going on for decades, maybe centuries. At one time I wanted to be a book reviewer–lay out on the beach, read books, come home at night and write a review.

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  3. kelihasablog

    I’m with you! I don’t think I could make up a fake review just for money. I do read constantly, okay, every chance I can get, so I have left actual reviews on many books, but got attacked by a nasty person who accused me of being the author (Big Ha, on that one) and really wrote a nasty review about the book so I haven’t left too many for the last month or two. I do have a writer friend who got a 1 star rating on a book that hasn’t even been released yet… LOL I don’t like it because it can hurt sales, not to mention the author’s feelings if they are still a relatively new author.
    Zoey loves boxes too I see…. lol. A friend of mine calls them “cat catchers” 😀

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I used to leave book reviews at the library many decades ago, and then I started writing some for the newspaper. When the Internet came along, I tried doing some book reviews but I quickly saw that people hiding behind computers can be really nasty, and that was just for a book review. It’s even worse if you just read the online comments to news articles. I feel so sorry for those people; they must really be hurting in some way.

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    2. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      P.S. “Cat catchers”–I like that, and it’s oh so true. Whenever I need to take Zoey the Cool Ct to the vet or give her a bath, I just put a new box on the bed and wait ten seconds.

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  5. paulaacton

    I did go check out the IBOexchange but I found although it let people like my page it would not like me like others in order to earn the coins to fund people liking my page, although it is an interesting idea I did decide it was not for me I would rather have smaller numbers who interact on my FB than people who like then never visit again but I am grateful for your post so that I could at least check it out

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I currently have 3,896 coins. People get 20 coins for liking my Facebook business page or for coming by my blog here and spending three minutes.

      My Facebook business page has received 23 likes today and 17 yesterday. I know that all of them came from IBOexchange because I had 00000 likes on the business page for the previous week. I resorted to IBOexchange because Facebook is a jerk once you get to about 500 likes.

      All those Facebook business pages that have over 500 likes are either paying Facebook for them (that’s one of the ways that Facebook makes money) or they are part of some sort of exchange like IBO.

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