App Wednesday – Wikipanion, your new favorite way to fact check

For this App Wednesday, let’s talk fact checking. Fact checking is especially important in this day and age when we’ve got everyone from Casey Anthony to Anthony Weiner allegedly lying to us.

As writers, we lie for a living. Well, let me clarify that. As fiction writers, we get paid to lie. As journalists or non-fiction writers, we are supposed to dig down deep for the bone-marrow’s truth of our subject. But let’s be honest, writers have been known to stretch the truth as far as they can and use as many exciting adjectives and adverbs to add a little oomph to our scribblings. Having said that, whatever we’re writing, we may be tapping away on a laptop without an Internet connection or, GASP!, writing things down long hand on a tablet, an actual PAPER TABLET!

So, what to do when you are in this situation and you’ve got to do a little fact checking?  

If you’ve got an iPhone, this handy app from Wikipedia, entitled Wikipanion, will make quick work of that little morsel you need to verify. Designed for the iPhone, the format is easy to use and best of all, it’s fast. Oh wait, even better, it’s FREE! Enjoy!

BTW, does anyone write in long hand anymore? To the Keyboards!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

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