Who’s heard of WhoIs?

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

With the Internet being accessible to nearly everybody, I’ve found myself questioning the credibility of some of the content I’ve found on the web. How am I supposed to know if the information I’m reading really came from an expert and not my 16-year-old neighbor who thinks he knows everything?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if a web site is reliable (and I certainly hope so), WhoIs is a tool that may come in handy.

WhoIs is an online query that allows you to draw up information about the creators of a web site. All you need to do is type in the domain name and a plethora of information about the web site will come up. It will tell you the names and contact information for the creator of the web site. You can find out when the web site was last updated or when the web site’s domain will expire, all at the click of a button.

I tried this out with Americans For Freedom‘s web site. When I type the domain into the query box, here is a bit of what I see:

Created On: 08-Jul-2008 01:28:49 UTC
Last Updated On: 31-Mar-2010 19:00:14 UTC
Expiration Date: 08-Jul-2018 1:28:49  UTC
Registrant Name:Michael Pinson
Registrant Organization:Pinson Communications, Inc.
Registrant Street1:146 Dunbar Avenue
Registrant Street2:Suite D
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Oldsmar
Registrant State/Province:Florida
Registrant Postal Code:34677
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.8138553663

Some web site creators want their identities kept private. In these cases, WhoIs will direct you to an online form that you can fill out and send directly to the creator. WhoIs doesn’t have to divulge the contact information, but you are still able to reach him or her.

Now, you may be wondering how this will help you. If you’re questioning the web site’s reliability, you can contact the creator and make sure he or she really is an expert. He or she may even be able to offer you more information than was even on the web site.

Moreover, you can make sure the content you’re getting is up-to-date. If would be unfortunate to find out that the information you’ve been reading for your article on new health care programs hadn’t been updated since 1998.

For more information about how to use WhoIs, check out these FAQs. Otherwise, go ahead and check it out!

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Comments
  1. Ellen Mrja says:

    Perfect. You are a great writer.
    Ruth D. had the idea of following this man’s name to Facebook and was able to find out even more about him. I thought that was a great idea, as well. -10-

  2. Ellen Mrja says:

    Also, excellent headline for this blog posting.

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