Over the last few days I have been tweeting back and forth with @L8enough about feelings being hurt in the vast cyber-world.
There are no etiquette classes offered on how to behave in this new frontier that humans have created. In fact before Twitter came on the scene five years ago, people were already having a very hard time with emails. Type something the wrong way and BAM you have a huge argument unfold. People still haven't figured out how to properly interrupt emails, texts, blogs or tweets. Suddenly, the author of a most innocent sounding tweet can find them self in a hailstorm of nasty mentions because their intent was completely misunderstood.
On one hand most people would be like "well, you don't know them. So, forget about it". On the other hand the author does have feelings and while they probably don't know the people behind the nasty comments; it still hurts. We all have feelings and it would seem the people in the cyber world have forgotten this.
All they see is a tiny thumbnail of a picture attached to a random alias. They don't think about this person having a family or whatever else that person might actually be in the "real" world. No, they are to caught up in the fun of trouncing someone in cyber land.
Maybe this is our next generation of bullies. A faceless mass that randomly takes aim at the innocent. Never once realizing that they have actually harmed an actual person.
Before you retweet something or type some nasty response to an unknown person. Think about what you are doing. How would it feel if you were on the other side of that tweet? Sure you might just be one person but there are 100 others doing exactly what you are doing, maybe more.
Now how do you feel? Not so good. You aren't feeling so funny now, are you?
Don't be a cyber bully. And don't perpetuate it by retweeting something that could easily be misinterpreted.
This has happened to me, has it happened to you?