whosamongus widget to check the visitors of my blog, which I do at times just to see if I got anyone from new geographies :) and that is when this copied content part caught my attention. It showed me that someone copied some content from one of my blog posts. It is from this post Outsourcing - Good or Bad posted on April 15, 2009
and the content copied was
"Outsourcing is a tactic to reduce cost but that itself is not the sole intention. It is actually trying to improve efficiency by concentrating on our core area and outsourcing the not so critical activities to someone for whom that part is a core competency"First I thought of ignoring that but the detective devil in me, who is very inquisitive, pleaded me to check this....
So I searched on google for tools to check copied content, I got a list of tools
Copyscape: I keyed in my url in the only text box provided. It showed one nice status bar as if something was happening in the background, but finally it displayed some results which were all irrelevant. I found it useless. If someone has used it kindly enlighten in the comments.
Article Checker: Frankly dint know how it worked, I was restless to read a manual and understand how it works. It had 2 textboxes one for the content and other for url. Now I dont know if it is my url or what. I copied that part of content from my blog in text box and the url and did search.It gave me zero results [now who is fooling me whosamongus or this one??]
- Now the prerequisite for this is we need to know the content which you think is copied
Then I hopped on to the next site
Plagiarism Checker: This is also an utter waste because it takes the content ditto and doesnt do any combinations of the text entered to search for duplicates.
The Plagiarism Checker: This one was the best, because it atleast tried a combination of the content I gave in the textbox to search for. It gave me 2 results, one was my blog itself and then the other one is a forum.
So I finally caught the cat. At this point it reminds me of a telugu proverb which goes like this "panileni mangalodu pilli thala gorigaadu anta" which means.."a cat's head is the thing a jobless barber finds to shave off".. but I still want to tell everyone that am not that jobless...hope my office people are not reading this :DNow check the content posted by this person with id LesFex in the forum on 22nd June 2009.. Now the funny part is, he/she starts his/her content with "In my opinion" . And the content is ditto not even a change in space or comma or fullstops :). Huh! people dont know how to copy also.
I seriously dont mind if people copy my junk, but there are people who are very creative in writing poems and sketching cartoons and I believe they deserve a mention in credits.
My fellow bloggers do register with free copy right websites like MyfreeCopyright or Creative Commons
I just found another tool called Copygator (copy+alligator) which notifies you by changing the color of the alligator. It is free and simple to add. Just have a look at it.
A special friend shared this catching a cat game after reading this post, all jobless people like me do try this once :) . Also busy guys take a break. Circle the cat
Note: I use random images but I link to the original pics and not re-upload them.
PS: Sorry I've loaded my post with all kinds of tools
Source for the copycat tools: Copywriting services