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Blog and Social Media Errors
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Randall Craig, Digital Strategy, Digital Trust, and Social Media Expert Randall Craig, Digital Strategy, Digital Trust, and Social Media Expert
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Dateline: Toronto, Ontario
Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Have you ever seen a mistake in someone else’s blog or social media post?  Or maybe you’ve been a victim of this yourself?  It could be a simple typographical or grammatical error, a case of misattribution, or a more serious case of factual error.
Unfortunately, it happens far too often, for some very obvious reasons:
  1. Some content is dictated, and the speech-t0-text software sometimes gets it wrong.
  2. Editing is done in a cursory fashion, or sometimes, not at all.
  3. Fact-checking, a stable of traditional publications, is rarely done for online content.  (And it is rarely done for traditionally-published content either.)
  4. Reliance on a third-party for facts, when in fact, the third-party’s content may not be up-t0-date.  Or worse, when they may have relied on yet another non-corroborated third-party source.
A few examples:
  • In a post entitled Six Top Thought Leadership Articles, there was some text that incorrectly said “Here are sex posts that explore these concepts.”  The feedback was instantaneous.  (And a bit embarrassing.)
  • In a recent Facebook post, I “quoted” the very prolific Albert Einstein, who said Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.  Unfortunately, Einstein actually never said this.  (Hat tip to Larry Goldberg and others who pointed this out.)  In this case, we relied on third-party sites, who relied on other third-party sites within the world web web echo chamber.
Mistake repair strategy:
  1. When quoting a person, whether they are alive or dead, double-check the accuracy beforehand.  www.quoteinvestigator.com is a great place to start.
  2. Edit the post if possible.  If not, add a comment acknowledging the error.
  3. If the post is of lower value, and there are no comments attached to it, delete it entirely.
  4. As a courtesy, circle back to the source of the error and advise them of any necessary changes.
This week’s action plan:  The fact that errors do creep in, begs the question of the quality of your content editing and review process.  This week, consider whether any of your errors were random, or can be traced back to a systemic issue:  is it time to upgrade your editing process? Or add some fact-checking?
Can you find the error in this post?  Yes, there is an error in this post – did you happen to see it?  Look for “speech-t0-text” within the post: the word “to” is spelled with a zero instead of an “o”.
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