Tuesday, July 12, 2011

17 years, 7 months and approximately 12 days I left High School…

….or so I thought.

Lately I have noticed that Twitter has started to become a little like some of the bad parts of High School.

Bullying occurs more frequently on Twitter and one campaign led people to delete their accounts to try and remove themselves from the situation. Then the bully would focus in on another tweep and try and engage all their followers into the fray. Just let it go!

Creation fake accounts to be devious and try and trick people into believing falsehoods or half-truths.  

Then there are the debates that start with a bit of fire and end in personal slinging matches.

Predatory men (and possibly some women) sending people completely inappropriate messages while maintaining a seemingly ‘devout’ public persona.

I am over the self-professed social media guru’s. Seriously, there are so many people on Twitter that are actually experts in their field i.e. IT programmers, website developers, photographers, chefs, marketing, advertising, PR, nurses, doctors, diving instructors, massage therapists, mum’s and dad’s etc. On a daily basis they continue to wow their customers and peers without having to have ‘guru’ in their bios.

Seriously, at 35 years old I thought that I had left high school behind, but it would appear not.

Disclaimer: for me the good parts of twitter still FAR outweigh the bad parts. I love the people that I have met and the things that I have learnt. I am still glad that I joined twitter, as my life has been enriched by it.


  1. I am a newbie to twitter and I'm happy to say I'm lucky to have not really experienced bullying - I like the way it connects people from across the world by interests .. I hope you don't mind a new follower . Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my own blog today and I'd love for you to pop by if you'd like! x

  2. @Georgi....I don't think everyone sees the bullying and other bad behaviour. I am going to go and read your blog when I get home :)

  3. plus, twitter allowed me to find your blog so there's another positive right there! x

  4. I just love the "block user" function. It helps with that kind of crap.
    Some people just never grow up and they're not really social networking gurus if they can't even socialise like civil, respectful people. Big fail!

  5. Hey Kez. Yes I love the block user function. It works a "treat". I block heaps of people from overseas (not Australia) and companies etc. I have now made my account private as I was getting heaps of spam.