Among those feeds I follow on Twitter are TechCrunch, legitimate technology news, and The Onion, a satirical news parody. Recently I’ve noticed that it is hard to tell from the headlines which stories are true TechCrunch articles and which are The Onion satires. Here are six recent headlines, three from each. Recognize the real stories from the spoofs?
“After Losing A Half A Billion in Q4 Twitter Buys Two Real Log Cabins To Serve As Lunchrooms In Its HQ”
“Netflix Introduces New ‘Browse Endlessly’ Plan”
“Instagram Went Down And It Might Have Been Justin Bieber’s Fault”
“Content Could Be Hotter, More Social”
“Compromising Company’s Values For Advertising Revenue Referred To As ‘Partnering’”
“It Took 122M Commands And 16.3 Days, But A Collaborative Horde Beat Pokemon Together”
See, it’s not so easy, is it? For your information 1, 3, and 6 are real headlines from TechCrunch. 2, 4, and 5 are parodies from The Onion. Caveat lector.