Internet Info Conundrum

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

It has recently been horrifically called to my attention that finding certain information…and seemingly basic information at that…can be quite a complicated endeavor.

For a class project, we were required to find gas prices for every gas station in town. The class split up into pairs and each pair took a different zip code and began to research the particulars for every station in their region of town.

It sure didn’t take very long for us to realize that, for the most part, some information on the internet can suck in the accuracy department. There were a bewildering number of complications for such a simple task.

There were 3 different gas stations listed to occupy the exact same address on Google maps, there were gas stations that don’t even exist listed, there were gas stations that do exist not listed, and several stations were listed as being in multiple area codes, which everyone knows is only possible in parallel universes and horror movies.

This whole project was a horror movie when it came to finding accurate information.

Eventually, we all got through the labyrinth of incorrect information and safely to the safe harbor accurate facts…but it was certainly a lot harder that it should’ve been.Someone definitely needs to start regulating the accuracy of facts listed on Goggle maps and like resources. This is ridiculous in the age of instant information we live in today.

So, what do you think? Should Google and other companies be forced to fact-check their information before the present it to the public as accurate?

  1. kyleegan says:

    For a while I did marketing for a non-profit organization called Teen Challenge. I quickly found this same problem with trying to find Wal-Marts under the correct address and also when the guys started to fundraise at gas stations the same problem occurred. There really is nothing you can do about this. It’s even worse when you book a fundraiser that really isn’t in Edinburg Texas and your team loses $60 in gas and four hours in time. It is very unfortunate. I would hope that Google would fix this problem immediately. Businesses open and close all the time, I get that. I understand it is hard to keep up with constant changes like this but at some point there has to be some kind of regulation. People waste their time and money because information is posted like this on what we believe are reliable internet sources. Your right, I do believe with the technology we do have today that something has to be done.

  2. I think that Google and other companies should be forced to fact check their information before placing it online, but at the same time we shouldn’t just accept them without questioning whether or not they are correct. Some companies might post false information online purposely just to get more customers, or to compete with other businesses that are doing better than them. However, there is a possibility that they might have just accidentally placed inaccurate information online without purposely meaning it. Either way, this just means that we shouldn’t take everything for granted. Not everything is as it seems, especially the information placed online.

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