Thursday, 14 July 2011


Sadly, there are far too many people, particularly on Twitter, who can't tell nonsense unless it jumps up behind them, slaps them and tells them it's nonsense. And even then, they're not too sure.

So I shall make this very simple and list the names of some websites that you should ignore, if you really want to have an idea about what is going on with football transfers.

Footylatest (to an extent. I will address them at a later date)

The people that write for these websites are NOT journalists. This is where many people struggle. These are guys who volunteer to post using CMS (content management systems) to a website. They have a person in charge who moderates the content.

The idea behind these sites is to get hits and views. Hits and views means advertising. Advertising means money.

On Google and NewsNow, buzzwords like 'Manchester United' and 'Sneijder' will become keywords and become easily searchable. This is why those sites write all these stories because it draws people in to reading and in turn, advertisers could make a quick buck.

Journalists are people who are paid to find out as many true and exclusive stories as possible. Website writers are people under the age of 25 (many are teenagers) who write voluntarily.

If Caughtoffside says something, just remember - no research or anything has gone into the story. It's just made up.

1 comment:

  1. The thing that annoys me most is when BBC put footybunker and caughtoffside's bullshit in the gossip column!