How Do You Show That This Story Is No Longer Current Online?
from the tricky,-tricky... dept
There's the famous online urban legend of sorts, about the kid who had cancer and wanted to get into the world record books for receiving the most get well cards. For years and years, chain letters went around the world, both via email and on paper, asking for get well cards to be sent to an address. The kid not only broke the record (by a lot, it seems), but he also got better. Yet, the urban legend lives on. Many people genuinely want to help, but wouldn't it be nice if there were an easy way to say "look, thanks, but we're all good now." It seems something similar is happening now with the story of Hannes Bergstrom, a young Swedish boy who got lost in the after effects of the tsunami. A relative recognized him on TV a day or two later and he was reunited with his family. This was actually one of the first "reunited" stories I heard after the tsunami. However, emails are apparently still shooting around the world with his picture and asking for help identifying his family. One thing that the internet is often missing is some sort of "expiration date" on content. In fact, some content has no dating at all, which only contributes to the problem.