“As a result of other posts on this blog, I’ve got used to being asked for help in unmasking “trolls”. Most typically, the requests have come from political activists who think they have the right to verbally attack those with whom they don’t agree, but should themselves be immune from any such attacks. Because… well, you know… Because their opinion is right, and everyone else’s is wrong, basically.
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A while back, I wrote a post called Zero Guy
, which looked at a seemingly growing phenomenon of Twitter users unfollowing their entire friend list. I’d always assumed this was a deliberate action. But as I discovered in the course of the past week, it may not be the account holders who are unfollowing literally ALL of their friends. It may in fact be Twitter. There’s a suggestion that this might all be part of a ransom racket which has heavily damaged the accounts and public image of some users who won’t ‘pay up’…
Continue reading Are Twitter’s ‘Locked Accounts’ a Ransom Racket?
Five days ago, a bizarre new page appeared on Wikipedia
. A page suggesting that, according to a growing group of researchers and radical thinkers, the televisual adult entertainment phenomenon Babestation
(link NSFW), does not exist.
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“It seems that in the back yard of every adult service stream, there’s a selfless guy offering to free disgruntled users from the horror of ‘porn addiction’. But have you ever stopped to think what ‘porn addiction’ is supposed to mean, and how such an addiction could work in a clinical sense?
Given that the term is applied to a much broader base of sexually-motivated vices than simply buying or using pornography, why is it called ‘porn addiction’ and not ‘sex addiction’? Is it even an addiction at all? And if ‘porn addiction’ is a myth, should we not just accept it as “a white lie which is helping to eradicate evil?”
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“Twitter trolls come in various forms, but one of the most predictable is surely the classic, anonymous, “egg troll”. If you’ve received aggressive, critical or insulting tweets from a faceless character-assassin who unexpectedly emerged from the depths of the Twittersphere, you’ve already met the egg troll. But don’t take his criticism seriously. It isn’t really you he derides. It’s himself.
Continue reading The Psychology of the Twitter Egg Troll
“Last Thursday afternoon, I walked out of a boardroom after taking part in a conference call. In itself that was an achievement for someone who, back in the spring, was so crippled with social anxiety that he could barely even face a doctor.
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“If you’re the kind of person who believes everything written on Wikipedia (and even TV/radio organisations seem to regard Wiki as fact these days), there’s no point in you reading this.
Continue reading Twitter’s REAL Hashtag Pioneers