Too Good to Be True??Written by Nicole Seekely
Let's face it, not all people are good. I know what you must be thinking, "What a pesimistic person you are!" However, there are some facts of life we all just have to deal with. There are people out there who want to scam you, spam you, or do whatever they can so that they can make a profit.
I've been in internet world for many years. I've learned gradually over time how to tell difference between when something's true and when it's not. Here's a run-down of things to watch for on 'net when signing up for free stuff.
*!*! WEB SITE ADDRESS *!*! If you're signing up for a freebie that's located on a page with address of http://www.geocities.com/~bugger/freestuff/sign-up/candle.html, chances are you're wasting your time. If they can't even afford to buy their own domain name, how can they afford to produce and ship thousands of freebies?
*!*! WEB SITE DESIGN *!*! This is just my personal opinion (of course, this whole article is) and you many not agree with me. When a page has no design or layout or color, but just some text in a really big font saying "SIGN UP NOW!!", freebie doesn't look too promising or reliable. It seems to me as though they've slapped a bunch of text on page in two seconds, and they are trying to get your e-mail address so they can spam you.
*!*! COMPANY NAME *!*! I look for this one a lot. If it's a brand name such as Revlon, Pantene, Sprite, Yoo-Hoo, etc.., I usually quickly sign up for offer. These companies are very reliable and trustworthy, and would almost never try and scam you. If it's a company name you've never heard of, well that doesn't mean they're bad people. It just means you should sign up with caution.
Thump, Thump... Opportunity KnocksWritten by Joe Chapuis
According to research firm Ipso-Reid, an estimated 400 hundred million people use web daily .
So you must be wondering, "what about other few billion people out there?"
They "...have neither heard of Internet nor have any intention of going online anytime soon. Even in countries such as United States, Canada, Sweden, and Netherlands, about one-third of people who could use Internet choose not to. In fact, of world’s 6 billion citizens, only about 6% are online. Why?"
According to report, their are two main reasons: 1 - those that can, don't want to (in developed countries); and, 2 - rest, can't.
Now here's interesting part. For those in group 1:
"...the most frequently mentioned reasons for staying offline are "have no need for Internet" (40%), "no computer" (33%), "no interest" (25%), "don’t know how to use it" (16%), "cost" (12%), or "no time" (10%)."