Before you think, “GOSH, I should post this to Tumblr! It’s sure to get me a million notes!” you should consider something – It’s probably already on there, likely posted by the person who created the content in the first place.
So what should you do instead of reposting that thingy you found and potentially putting someone out? Let’s start with right-clicking on the picture.
Now copy that image address! We’re goin’ to http://images.google.com!
See that little camera icon? Click on that SOB and you’ll get a box that looks like this:
Now paste the URL you just copied into that box and click “Search by Image”.
Wow, it looks like that picture is all over the place – including Tumblr! Amazing! I wonder what happens if I click on that first link!
Okay, so it wasn’t at the very top, but scroll down a little bit, and… HARK! A SOURCE! Now you know where the post came from, and you can reblog it from there instead of spreading a redundant post!
Seriously. In this specific case, the reposted images are on pace to surpass the original in note count. Yes, the other post was sourced to Imgur, but Imgur is NOT A VALID SOURCE. Neither is FunnyJunk, nor 9gag, nor Facebook unless the artist posted the work there themselves. The average person probably doesn’t take the time to click through two or three pages to try and root out the original, so you’re doing creatives a massive disservice by doing this, especially in the case where the piece is a collaboration.
This takes literally 30 seconds of legwork. Due diligence, please. I know posts like this have been made before, but apparently it bears repeating.
This has been a Public Service Announcement.
HOW TO FACT-CHECK ON TUMBLR
A few notes:
- Do this for every informative/news-related post you want to reblog. The fewer reblogs a false report gets, the less it spreads.
- The best thing you can do for a false report is not reblog it at all, OR start your own post to debunk it, with a link to the original. If you reblog to debunk it, your reply will get lost in the huge amount of notes, and you will just end up spreading the misinformation further.
- Sometimes a totally unlikely story turns out to be true! It’s even more fun to reblog it when you’ve confirmed that it’s real.
We all slip up sometimes but hey do what you can folks. Only you can prevent Tumblr fires.
As a blog that was created to debunk inaccuracies and share valid information and research, we support the recommendations in this post.
And we double-checked them before rebloging.