Morning Toolbox – October 3, 2012 – Google, Pundits and More Politics

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Google has updated their Webmaster guidelines – very important to any webmaster or blogger. Are you following all their recommendations?

Google also seems poised to allow content micropayments using Google Wallet.  So you can show part of a long article and then charge a small amount (e.g. 99 cents) to read the rest. A good monetization strategy for skeptics, or will it go the way of many similar experiments that have failed before?

Another new tool for political misinformation – Pundit Tracker has launched.  How accurate is your favorite pundit? They of course have a blog too. is a project to open up access to information about Federal government, now they’ve gotten a Knight Foundation grant to expand to state & local level. Could be useful for skeptics monitoring school board fights over creationism and such.

Meanwhile TheNextWeb thinks that something fishy is going on with domains redirecting to Mitt Romney’s website.

Some Scientology critics have proposed crowdsourcing a project to memorialize those lost to the church via the site Find A Grave.

Last week on VirtualSkeptics I talked about FourMatch – it’s a cool new piece of software to validate if a photo has been tampered with.  Its creator Hany Farid tells the 15-year story of it’s creation, but wants you to know that maybe you shouldn’t buy it after all.

I also mentioned fake Amazon reviews on Virtual Skeptics a few weeks back. Now ReadWriteWeb has a rundown on the rise in fake and paid reviews on various services.  And then there’s the story of how bad reviews nearly buried a controversial book on AIDS, and how the author fought back.  Given the recent battles over Web of Trust, skeptics need to be aware of this.

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One thought on “Morning Toolbox – October 3, 2012 – Google, Pundits and More Politics

  1. Randy

    Google? No, I don’t want them in my wallet. And I will not ever pay to view a web page. The internet’s too big for that sort of nonsense. Have you found the end yet?

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