Examples of Website Credibility
1. Presumed Credibility
Change.org is known via popular word of mouth as an online petition website that effects change. It has presumed credibility because it tackles many ethical and social issues that are important to a lot of users. These users that are passionate about specific causes will share it with their friends on social media, and thus users interpret it as credible, and it gains a presumed credibility.
This website regularly made it into the top 10 websites list on many reputable websites, such as DailyTekk.com and PCmag.com. Its seems to be a popular current affair style website, and although I’ve never heard of it, it seems to be credible based on being placed in the top 10 websites list featured on other established websites.
When looking at the Humble Bundle website, it appears to be clearly designed and easy to navigate. The game developers donating copies of their games to the website are reputable. They have associations with Steam, many of the games being sold in their store are given to the user with Steam codes. Just looking at their page, all of this information is available, and therefore it shows a surface credibility even to users that aren’t familiar with their services.
While conducting my own research on what users feel to be the most unbiased and genuinely credible source for information on the internet, many people seemed to voice admiration for The Guardian. I personally don’t use their site but it seems they have amassed a fair following of loyal users due to consistently providing accurate information.
Change.org. Retrieved June 1, 2017, https://www.change.org/en-AU
The Outline. Retrieved June 1, 2017, https://theoutline.com/
Humble Bundle. Retrieved June 1, 2017, https://www.humblebundle.com/
The Guardian. Retrieved June 1, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/au