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Lawsuit reminds us that Facebook is a double edged sword for skeptics

Facebook IconI’ve written many times here about how skeptics need to take care not to inadvertently promote the online wares of those who we criticize. I’ve long recommended that skeptic bloggers and webmasters always use the NOFOLLOW attribute on links to web sites containing such material. If you don’t do this, you are boosting them in Google and thus helping their cause.

As social media has become ever more important, I’ve additionally advised to take care in linking directly to certain web sites on Twitter and Facebook. This is because even though the links on the web interface to those services are marked NOFOLLOW as an anti-spam measure, the importance of social media in marketing means those links are measured in other ways.

A lawsuit filed in the last two weeks is a vivid reminder of one of the less obvious examples of this involving Facebook specifically. I’ve mentioned this quirk of Facebook before, but only in a comment to a previous post, so I think it’s worth revisiting here.

You may be surprised to learn there is a very simple thing you may have done yourself on Facebook that plays right into the bad guys’ hands. And now Facebook is being sued over it.

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Morning Toolbox – October 12, 2012 – Google Tweaks, Social Media and More

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

Google has long had two different tools that would let you measure the relative popularity of different topics over time, I’ve mentioned them before. Recently they merged two of them (Google Trends and Google Insights for Search) into a new Google Trends with an improved UI. This is a valuable tool for all skeptics – you can see which topics are more popular than others, as well as which are waxing or waning in popularity.  Read about more tools after the jump…

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Morning Toolbox – October 11, 2012 – Legal Threats and Fair Use

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

Seems to be one of those days for news of legal action affecting skeptic bloggers. First, a South African company named Solal is suing blogger Kevin Charleston for R350,000 ($40,000 US) over an article in which he reveals that “Health Intelligence Magazine” is a thinly disguised piece of marketing material for the company.  And that’s not the only lawsuit today, read on…

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