Just who the publisher of a particular site is-and who the types of information when you look at the site are-may be unclear to users.

Just who the publisher of a particular site is-and who the types of information when you look at the site are-may be unclear to users.

Therefore, the sources’ motivations, qualifications, and trustworthiness are unclear. All of this causes users to wonder concerning the credibility of websites.

Credibility was mentioned by 7 participants as an concern that is important. When looking at a news story on the internet, one individual said, “One thing I always search for is who it is coming from. Is it a reputable source? Can the origin be trusted? Knowing is very important. I do not desire to be fed with false facts.” When asked how believable the information in an essay on the Web seemed, someone else answered, “that is a question I ask myself about every internet site.”

The quality of a site’s content influences users’ evaluations of credibility, as one person pointed out: “A magazine this is certainly well done sets a certain tone and impression which are carried through the content. A certain image for example, National Geographic has a quality feel. An online site conveys a graphic, too. Whether or not it’s tastefully done, it may add a complete lot of credibility towards the site.”

Outbound Links Can Increase Credibility

Users rely on hypertext links to greatly help assess credibility of this given information contained in websites. Continue reading “Just who the publisher of a particular site is-and who the types of information when you look at the site are-may be unclear to users.”