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It must be wrong if you read/heard it on the Internet

I listened to a (not to be named) podcast on the commute home last night. It was the first podcast for this particular show I listened to and it was because of the recommendation from another podcaster that I subscribed (free) to this new one.
As I’m listening, I start noticing inaccuracies that are being made. This show is hosted and co-hosted by people that are (or are professing to be) computer experts. Now everyone can’t know everything about the Internet, but if you’re going to say something, one would hope you’re relatively certain about it, and with multiple “experts” participating, you think they’d correct any misstatements one of the others on the show made. Well, they didn’t, and it bothered me.
So imagine 10’s of thousands of people that listen to this, and yes their audience is this large, walking away with incorrect information on multiple topics. And then these people tell others and before you know it, the misinformation starts to spider out.
Now this info was relatively harmless though it was all about one web site – Google. Some of the misinformation was you couldn’t search Google and select only relevant content in a site, but you could on Yahoo. Well as long as I can remember, you could add site:somedomain.com to your search query and it will return just pages within that domain (or subdomain if you further qualify the site feature). You can also type it in on the advanced search form on Google where there’s an existing spot for limiting searches to a specific domain.

More misinformation had to do with Google and DejaNews. DejaNews was the company Google acquired which now provides the Google Groups content. DejaNews was a web based archive for usenet newsgroups. The discussion on the show/podcast described DejaNews as a bulletin board system.
The last incorrect comment made (or at least once I started really listening and not daydreaming as much) had to do with Google mail (Gmail). The statement was Google mail provides 1GB of storage. Well, since about March/April of this year, Gmail provided 2GB+ of storage. The “+” part is because it’s constantly increasing. I’m currently showing my Google mail capacity to be about 2.4GB.
Now the above items aren’t going to cost anyone lost revenue, but it’s just complete misinformation. And it’s not uncommon enough information that “experts” in the world of computers or the Internet wouldn’t at least be able to state correctly or correct someone else’s misstatements on the topics.
So, if you hear it on the Internet, assume it’s incorrect. Who knows… maybe this post is the exact opposite of what you should believe.

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