In the past 10 years, the internet has become our main source of news, weather, and pop culture. If you need to know what is going on in the world, it is all there in your pocket or purse. You can check the stock market, your email, pictures of your friend's new baby and even what is going on in the presidential election.
Who knew that one day, our President of the United States would be tweeting live during the election?
There are basically no rules when it comes to social media. You are free to post whatever you want (to a degree). You can post photos of your kids, intimate details of your marriage...or divorce, and even pictures of your lunch. However, we all know the ONE BIG rule!
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET!
Or do we?
How many celebrities have you seen that have allegedly passed away in the past few years?
How many sponsored ads do you see that show you some crazy plastic surgery an actress had or what celebrities "really" look like?
Social media has now become our source of hard news and current events AND our trash magazines and tabloids we see in line at the grocery store and are tempted to pick up and read.
The latest example was here locally in Louisville, KY. There was an article posted through Medium.com, a secondary platform created by the same co-creator as Twitter. An article was published on this site titled, "Swedish Retailer IKEA Coming to Louisville". The article was posted on Thursday and by the afternoon millions of people were reading through the fabricated article to learn the details of the major chain moving in down the road and gasping over the fake quotes from the mayor as well as the IKEA owner. The author photo was even a stock photo of a "woman smiling". This fictitious article spread like wildfire.
To be honest: I was even burned by this!
This is proof that you should not believe everything you read on the internet. The internet is a great tool when necessary. However, do not depend solely on it and make sure that you are doing some digging and research on any articles you find. Make sure they are provided by credible sources.
Just as with social media and fake articles, the same goes for Real Estate. Do not believe everything you read on the web. Be sure to ask your local agent for the cold, hard facts. Check out some of these blogs to find out why.
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