Sunday, March 14, 2010

#OMGConan Hoax Shows Social Irresponsibility

In Daniels Terdiman's latest blog entry, #OMGConan: The big Digg party Twitter Hoax, he writes about the recent hoax that was retweeted across Twitter about Conan O'Brien joining the Internet TV network, Revision3. The hoax was orchestrated  during the South by Southwest Interactive festival as a way to eclispe the biggest Twitter hoax to date, the death of Jeff Goldblum.

I am glad that no traditional media outlets were involved, as their credibility would have dwindlee down to the levels of  TMZ. Any ways, this Twitter hoax clearly displays the power of a few highly influential social indiviudals that have strong online credibility with their followers. With that power comes social responsibility in reporting or sharing information. But when individuals abuse this trust and post rumors or hoaxes, that trust erodes away. Will their followers think twice about retweeting their next tweet due to this hoax?


  1. Anonymous9:17 PM

    "that trust erodes away"...dude it was funny! Give it a break.

  2. Good post interesting how different people react.

  3. Anonymous8:16 AM

    it was a joke ... no one got hurt ...

  4. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Did you happen to notice how easy it was to determine that this was actually a hoax? That proves that these people are not as influential as you may think. When everyone has a voice and not just the traditional media outlets, then we all become influential and the truth is always going to bubble to the surface. It still takes effort and research, but not nearly as much as trying to verify a single person's sources and motivation.

  5. why people give so much preference to twitter while there are so many other options are available