If You’re Gullible, You Can Google!

These WhatsApp rumours are getting old! Don’t they remind you of all the chain messages and stories spread that MXit would close down, or delete your account if you didn’t forward a specific message to x amount of people? Or the time the Facebook was going to start charging for using it or whatever?? The messages are all the same with the word order changing!

It got me thinking and wondering just how gullible some people are? … Quick, look up, gullible is written on the roof! … Say “Football” really slowly and it sounds like you’re saying gullible!

I guess some people just take things at face-value and don’t find out if what they’re being told is actually true. Others are just… I don’t know…. They just really gullible! We all know some people like that, which is all good and well when it’s for a joke now and again, but not when it starts spreading like wildfire and affects who knows how many hundreds of people around the world like these WhatsApp messages have and as result, those who forwarded the messages all hit their own panic stations.

Like seriously now, how legit do these messages ACTUALLY sound? :

“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th Jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”

“WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user.“

Think about it for a minute? With the ease of access to and abundance to information on the internet as there is today, surely the first thing you would, or at least should do, is open your internet browser on your phone, your PC or wherever… Go to trusty old Google and searching a phrase from or exactly what you were told? Am I right in assuming this or am I expecting a bit much from others?

Besides posting some points about this WhatsApp hoax on How To Work My Apple Device in an article entitled “WhatsApp Closing? WhatsApp Starting to Charge for Use? What’s Up?” here is a brief summary to show that these messages are as fake as Pamela Anderson’s boobs:

  • WhatsApp hasn’t, themselves, said that they will be charging users or closing down.
  • WhatsApp wouldn’t announce its plans to start charging for the service “via a vague and poorly worded instant message or Facebook post.”
  • WhatsApp would not make people prove they are frequent users by sending on a message to ten people.
  • Another reason people won’t be charged for usage is due to this sentence which is on the WhatsApp website: “WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends”

Something to think about isn’t it? To find that info took me all of 1 minute to Google “whatsapp logo turn red” and read the first link which is a post by Hoax-Slayer. You can read that here if you really want to.

People should stop believing everything they get told!…

Question everything!

Yes, you heard me… Question everything! Even this blog article. “But why?” you may ask… Well here is why:

If you question everything it will be forced to find out if what you are being told is true and legit. Doing the quick research or finding out will help you find the correct answers. It also makes having that knowledge more worthwhile, because you made the effort to check what you have been said and you can with certainty forward on what you have learnt or share what you have learned.

I think that’s all I have to say about that for now 🙂

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.

G™

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