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When Online Trust Less And Stay Safe

I logged into Twitter and the first tweet I read was from someone who thinks he’s a Twitter Guru. It was disguised as a Twitter Tip. It said not to tell others what to say or how to behave in Twitter. If you don’t like what they do, unfollow or block them. Did I miss something? Isn’t that so called tip telling people how to behave in Twitter? You will be pleased to know that I didn’t point that out to him. I simply followed his instructions and unfollowed him. Solved that problem right there!

There are whole days during which I avoid Twitter like the plague. There is no policy against bullying except that the person on the receiving end is supposed to block the offender. If it’s bad enough the victim is supposed to gather evidence and call their local authorities. Which doesn’t mean that the powers that be will actually identify the offending anonymous party. I believe they’d have to if a court order is involved. However, the policy is to block and when the offender creates a new ID, block again. Like that’s going to make the situation go away. Lately it seems to me there is more bullying happening. I wonder if it’s increasing because Twitter does nothing about it?

They also probably wouldn’t do anything about the accounts who use Twitter to support themselves. I’ve seen a couple of users who seem to have Paypal accounts connected to their Twitter names. Of course they also seem to have a lot of drama going on. The kind of drama that makes those who like them want to help them out via a small donation. It’s also occured to me to wonder how many people have donated to disaster relief funds through Twitter accounts and is that money actually going where it should go?

Look, everyone we meet online might not be who they say they are. I read an article awhile back about prison inmates using computers to scam people into sending them money. I don’t remember the exact figures, but that article also said that if you have contact with X amount of anonymous internet users you have at least 1 prison inmate among your list of friends. The higher your number of followers, the higher your chances of knowing a convicted criminal become.That statement alone should make you stop and think about who you want to trust.

For the most part, when we’re online we’re on our own. I think that’s harder to accept for people who use the internet honestly. When we ourselves wouldn’t get involved in the kind of behavior that hurts others, it’s hard to accept that not everyone feels as we do. Our own honesty leaves us open to the dishonesty of others. We wouldn’t behave like that so we don’t see it as a problem. We should, because not being careful can open us up to situations that we don’t want to be in. Those mistakes in judgement can be painful and in all too many cases very costly.

2 Responses to When Online Trust Less And Stay Safe

  1. Butterose April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Well, those few nice people from your beginnings in Twitter have gotten all twittified and now don’t talk with others much. Technical problems don’t bother me, it’s the people and their quest for “influence” that is twisting my panties into a wad. Whatever happened to real people?

  2. admin March 28, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Twitter is a horribly maintained site, technically and socially. Filled with marketers with questionable ethics, con artists, people trying to get you to click hidden or disguised affiliate links, etc etc etc…

    a very small percent of people go there to ‘ connect ‘ ( with friends or make new ones ).

    For all intent and purposes ( ironically ) it’s an anti-social network.

    I met some very nice people there, in the short few months I was ‘ actively ‘ participating…many of those same friends I’ve reconnected with here or on other sites like Facebook…so, for me, at the time it was worth it…but the technical problems with my account became far too annoying to continue to actively participate.

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