Thought for the Day: The Life Form Species known as the Chain Email.Chain Emails, by whoever and where ever they are spawned, develop a life of their own often evolving as they pass through recipients and countries,
Some start by making a valid point, or give a useful warning, but many perpetrate a hoax (e.g. Israeli Spy Satellite records Shuttle Explosion), or are used to incite Fear Uncertainty and Doubt,
Evolution of the mail can be as simple as changing a Name and/or location of the incident, or problem; it can add Pictures, or if Pictures already included, adds, or changes them (often to update an aged mail). The more sophisticated evolutions involve using the original as a template and then redrafting to provide complete localisation. I suppose these should be view as Children of the Original Parent Mail.
It was inevitable that some Chain Mails would migrate into the newer environment of Social Media, some unchanged, others actually being started within Facebook etc.
Sites such as Hoax Slayer:www.hoax-slayer.com/ or Snopes www.snopes.com/
attempt to track and investigate these Chain Mails and now Social Media Posts, but hey are always going to be 'behind the curve', not only due the sheer volume of mails, but also due to 'Hibernation', where a Chain disappears, only to resurface 5, or more years later. . Despite this, Hoax Slayer and Snopes provide a useful way of checking on the accuracy and provenance ,of these Chain Mails and Posts,