April Fools' Day is upon us, that annual time when you can't believe anything the online media write (even more so than usual). Worse: your friends get in on the act by retweeting the most outrageous and unbelievable 'news' and acting like it is all true, filling up your Twitter feed with an unholy mix of satire, outright lies and the occasional real article.
But don't despair! Here at Lead Stories we have built up quite some experience debunking hoaxes and slaying untruths on the internet. We've gotten so good at it that we've automated a large part of the process. With our Trendolizer engine (patent pending) we automatically track hundreds of thousands of stories every day as they are being shared on social media. Just by looking at certain keyword combinations and by weighing the credibility of the article source we can often make a very accurate estimate of its trustworthiness.
In plain English: we can detect when something on Twitter is bullshit.
In honor of April Fools' Day we are temporarily offering you the use of our 'bullshit detector' completely for free today so you can use it to defend your Twitter timeline from various jokers and hoaxers. Our system will automatically check your Twitter feed and will notify you every time a fake story is tweeted.
Activating the detector is easy:
- First, follow @leadstoriescom by clicking the button below.
- Then, send out following tweet by clicking here (or by copy-pasting it into Twitter):
My timeline is protected from April Fools' hoaxes by @leadstoriescom and their hoax detector. Get protected: http://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/823296-april-fools-bullshit-detector.html
That's all there is to it! The system will immediately start fishing for suspicious tweets and will notify you every time it catches one today.