The rumor mill at work at Truemors.com

May 16th, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Rumors, gossips, and news. These are the ideal contents of Truemors.com , a rumor reporting website. However, since it launched two days ago this Guy Kawasaki startup has been filled with spammers, prank posters and flamers. The so called “legitimate” rumor posts are buried quite easily. One can posts directly via the website, or through SMS, via email or voice-mail. Following the same logic and format of Digg, Twitter, BoredAt, PostSecret and PopSugar, users vote on the rumors and the most popular ones make it to the home page.

Spammers probably will tone down a bit eventually. But Truemors will remain as a place dedicated for hosting the entertainment segment of the internet information spectrum. It's best not to consider seriously the posts in the site.

The site was developed in a WordPress platform. Contributing posts through a variety of media is a plus factor for the site. Voice messages through voice-mail are automatically converted to text for publication on Truemors which is actually cool.

Even though the site appears to be a free for all, no-restriction rumor mill, the site's “Term of Use” section explicitly directed users not to engage in “Harassment, defamation, threats, stalking, bullying, or violations of the legal rights of others.” Users are responsible for the messages they post on the site. The site can delete any messages that it found to be in violation of the set guidelines. Moreover, the site can disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request.

Each categories should have their own RSS feed to maximize its use and users can subscribe to a topic or category they are interested in.