posts about or somewhat related to ‘oops’
— Agence France-Press (the AFP) releases new social media guidelines but warns its reporters and editors that verification is still pretty important to pursue.
Message from Carlos Lozada, the editor of The Washington Post’s “Outlook” section to Chris Suellentrop, Story Editor, The New York Times Magazine, regarding the publication of Pulitzer-Winner Jose Antonio Vargas’ coming out story as an illegal immigrant in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
Chris Seullentrap, New York Times, My (Legal) Editor’s Dream.
Background Part 01: A core piece of Search Engine Optimization magic is to have human readable titles in your URL. For example: mySite.com/man-barks-at-moon/ rather than mySite.com/120984/.
Background Part 02: Older content management systems use the SEO unfriendly numbered system but organizations have implemented hacks to get around this.
Background Part 03: England’s Independent is one such organization. They’ve put a human readable title before a series of numbers that actually identify the article. Key point here though is that the readable part of the URL serves no purpose except for SEO. That is, if you change the words, the numbers still bring you to the correct article.
So why does this matter?
Because yesterday, a clever nutter turned this URL of a non-story about Kate Middleton
into a viral piece of media criticism:
Soon, many were passing along this new URL and the paper’s editor tried to respond.
Both URLs bring you to the same story. As a matter of fact, you can change any of the words before the “2269573” at the end and you’ll end up at the non-story. And, to keep things consistent, you can do this with any URL on Independent.co.uk that ends with a string of numbers.
So, as many consider the value of news games, and how to implement news games, here’s one paper that stumbled upon one quite unwittingly.
Slight Update: While the above still works, the Independent implemented a script today so that “faked” URLs work but transform back to what the paper intended.
I’ve commented before that I’m amazed at how fast bad information travels on the internet, but this morning it got pretty ridiculous.
Looks like WikiLeaks was the subject of a DOS attack last night, and their DNS provider who was everyDNS.net and not easyDNS, took the website down.
I’m not sure who the Pulitzer candidate was who started it, but somebody wrote that WikiLeaks had been taken down by us, easyDNS. By the time I woke up this morning I was inundated with emails and comments.
The incorrect info rippled through twitter like a zombie horde…
…It demonstrates the mob mentality in action: that people are far too ready to jump on a witch hunt, but point out their errors and very few, if any will own up to their mistakes. Throughout the morning we’ve been busily out there setting the record straight: not one so-called “internet journalist” or dipshit blogger has issued a simple “mea culpa” on this, or retweeted a clarification.
— Mark Jeftovic, Wikileaks “takedown” fiasco underscores pathetic state of internet “journalism”, EasyDNS