A news story suggesting that Internet Explorer users were stupid turned out to be a hoax. There is a lesson in this for competitive intelligence analysts as it shows how journalists are sometimes lazy – and don’t check stories. The general rule “If a headline sounds too good to be true, think twice” should be the motto when reading the news so as not to get caught out by false stories.
The arrest of Steven Greenoe for smuggling guns to the UK is an example of an intelligence failure – and shows the risk involved in lax security at some US airports, plus the paranoid emphasis on checking all passengers that can cause even an innocent passenger to act suspiciously. Steven Greenoe is yet another criminal opportunist who uses his work in security and competitive strategy to behave unethically/illegally in his business dealings.
News about the apparent demise of Delicious serve as a case study on the importance of checking emerging news stories as part of competitive intelligence monitoring. It can be dangerous to make strategic decisions without ensuring that news items are accurate, irrespective of the reliability of the news source.