Why You Should Always Read The Whole Article…
So I’m cruising through Foxnews.com and I come across an article about Gmail failing during the early morning hours yesterday. Being somewhat concerned as a user and staunch advocate of most Google products, I read the article:
“Google’s Gmail online e-mail service ran out of juice for several hours Tuesday morning for users in Europe and possibly worldwide.”
Now you should know that Google was predictably unclear about what the problem was and if you should be concerned. It seems they were mostly concerned about calming people down. Their response was this:
“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a small subset of users,” read a posting at 5:46 a.m. EST in a GMail help forum.
Later, at 8:48 a.m., another post read, “The problem is now resolved and users have had access restored. We know how important Gmail is to our users, so we take issues like this very seriously, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
But the real story was found when you got to the bottom of the article. Never let a journalism proffessor tell you the most important facts are at the top of the story. The journalist writing the story goes on to describe the reaction of the “Twitosphere” but unwittingly uncovers the truth of the entire story:
“When Chuck Norris uses Gmail, the whole world waits until he’s done,” the posting read — in French.”