Shutting up the Twitter fugglies

1 Aug

Lon Chaney as Phantom of the Opera

Don’t ask me what moves an individual to follow a celebrity on Twitter and tweet shit to them.

It must stem from the same need that leads whack-a-doodles to wade into a public place with firearms blazing. “Remember my name!”

What these social bracken don’t understand is that running someone down to get noticed is just the online equivalent of dropping your pants in public.

The hard thing is to get noticed for doing the right things.

I read where this kid on the British Olympic team, a diver named Tom Daley, was attacked online for his 4th place finish.

You let your dad down, I hope you know that” the user, @Rileyy_69, tweeted, in reference to the sad fact that this 18-year old had just lost his 40-year old dad to cancer, and had aimed for a medal in his honour.

The tweet was reprehensible. But what do you do about people like this?

black arrow pointing downShort of bombarding this Tweeter with negative comments (which is his goal: getting attention), what if Twitter allowed for a rating on tweets that would remove comments that received a certain number of thumbs down?

Censorship, you ask? So everything on Twitter has to be positive or you run the risk of being shut up?

Twitter is a community, and like all communities, social contracts are required when it comes to decorum.

I’m not suggesting any Twitter Sheriffs tut-tutting at things they don’t approve of, but a community way to shut the Twugglies up.

How wrong am I?


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