Evaluate Before You Even See the Page: Read the URL
3) Is it a personal
Remember that anybody can put anything on the Web. Most
users who pay a monthly service with an Internet Service Provider
such as Comcast or Earthlink are usually provided
megabytes of online storage to post web pages or other online
documents if they so desire. At most four year higher
education institutions many students also have space to post web
pages as well. And there are all sorts of hosting services
(free or not) that people can use to post web pages.
Fortunately, there is a way to recognize some of them, right from
The domain lets us
know it is from an educational institution, and the name
clues us in that we are looking at a page from UC Berkeley,
a research, four year, and graduate school institution.
But further down the address, what is listed is first a
username, but second of all a tilde (~) right before it.
The tilde with username is letting us know that what we viewing a personal web page, most likely a student's.
Given that, we could be looking at a personal web page, or
maybe a student project (that could be an "A" student
project or an "F" student project).
example, Tripod is a free web host service that only carries
personal web pages. Other such services include
geocities. Another giveaway are portions of the
address that use terms such as "members" or "homepages"
Earthlink provides up
to 5 MB of online space to each of its subscribers. That's a
lot of personal web pages out there on the Web if you even consider
that just a small portion of subscribers go ahead and post pages
they have created. This example also has "home" as the name of
the server, signaling a server of Earthlink's that features home
pages of its subscribers (i.e. personal pages).