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How to verify a company's claim of being No.1?

Can someone please enlighten me about the claim made at this site..
http://www.wsicorporate.com/profile.asp

"ranked the #1 Internet Services Business in the world and the 4th fastest-growing International Franchise"

What exact criteria exists to verify that such a company is number one?. Where would I go to verify such a claim?.
Its not just this claim thats raising eyebrows, but other things too. Has anyone ever heard  of this company if it happens to be Number one!?

Skeptical Sam
Saturday, August 21, 2004

I'm sure they're ranked by the same Entity that gives out "awards" to all the "award-winning" sites.

John
Saturday, August 21, 2004

Um. Anyone can rate them #1, including a compay they create that rates internet services.

Why don't you ask them what their source is?

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, August 21, 2004

In other words without the "by" the claim could be bogus, and actually makes them look worse.

"Ranked #1 by The Wall Street Journal" would carry much more weight than an unsubstantiated "Ranked #1."

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, August 21, 2004

I remember when our company once bought a title like this.


Saturday, August 21, 2004

amazing where this wsi pops up..
http://www.finance-onthenet.co.uk/finance/internet/making_money/making_money_scam.html

Skeptical Sam
Saturday, August 21, 2004

I am currently selling the title for "#1 Internet Financial Web Site" for US $20,000. Please contact me if your company is interested.

Hank
Saturday, August 21, 2004

From WSI's homepage:

"WSI has cracked the Web Genome learn more about WSI's executive Modular Development Technology!"

What does that even mean??????? Did they just use
http://www.dack.com/web/bullshit.html ??

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, August 21, 2004

Or check the CEO's bio at www.maestrocms.com/About_us/Management.aspx

Fluff
Saturday, August 21, 2004

How can you dare selling #1 in financial services. Our company holds that position since ages ago.

Ce que nous devons à la Grèce antique
Saturday, August 21, 2004

my company once paid to have a "study" done which stated this.

Sassy
Saturday, August 21, 2004

I have a t-shirt which says I am #1.

end of debate.

pastor of muppets
Sunday, August 22, 2004

You look good in that tshirt too!

http://www.ilbaluardo.com/Cover/Audio/F%20-%20G%20-%20H/FATBOY%20SLIM%20-%20You've%20come%20a%20long%20way%20baby%20-%20Front.jpg

Matthew Lock
Sunday, August 22, 2004

Whoops, try this link: http://tinyurl.com/2o6ks

Matthew Lock
Sunday, August 22, 2004

Awesome.

hoser
Sunday, August 22, 2004

"True greatness needs to explaination"

So if they need to tell you they probably aren't.

Bill Rushmore
Monday, August 23, 2004

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