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SpinSpotter – check and correct those online facts


SpinSpotter is a community powered fact checker which runs from a browser toolbar. Install it and you’ll get a red clickable highlight on any web page which has been marked with a ‘spin’ tag by a member of the community. Click on it and you’ll get a pop up box with the details of the allegation.

At the moment, as you’d expect, it’s all heavily geared towards political comment, which can be a bit ‘he said, she said’ tedious, but with a bit of imagination it’s possible to see the idea gaining traction in a wider and more valuable context.


As with all these things, it’s definitely an issue of garbage in, garbage out, but once the right wing nut bias fades away it should be a rather cool service, no question. I like the fact that you don’t have to see the toolbar in order for the service to work, and you don’t even have to visit the SpinSpotter home site, which is refreshingly honest in a world of pageview greed. I wish them well.

  Is that true? You tell us. SpinSpotter is people-powered. It relies on people like you to use our tools to help make the Web a more truthful place. You see, every time someone puts words up online–whether a journalist or a marketer or even you, they ought to be held to some kind of standard. If not, then how can we trust what we read? So we built Spinoculars. They snap into your Web browser to let you highlight and share the spin you find and also let you see what other SpinSpotters have deemed biased, dubious, or patently false while you’re surfing the Web.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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