As users of the Internet we’ve met victims of online trolling — they’re everywhere now. Maybe you’ve been targeted yourself. Some have even been the trolls themselves.
Often, these acts of online bullying amount to back and forth dialogue in a comment thread or a few pointed tweets. But some citizens of the Internet have been exposed to a darker slice of our online society — one that has impacted their lives offline.
In a recent Mashable Spotlight investigation, Mashable’s Rebecca Ruiz profiled a person whose job it is to moderate trolls; she judges whether to publish or censor controversial comments.
The story inspired us to examine this issue from the other side, through the eyes of average Internet users who have fallen victim to terrible acts of online harassment, discrimination and bullying.
The eight-week-old social network Ello has a manifesto: no ads, no data-mining, no algorithms that make decisions about what you should see, no turning users into products. If you hit the “I agree” button after the manifesto, the site puts you on the waiting list for an invitation. If you click “disagree,” it sends you to Facebook’s privacy page.
The site’s creator, Paul Budnitz, initially comes across as the male version of the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl.’ “I create beautiful things that change the world,” he says in his Ello profile. He lives in Burlington, Vermont selling the “most beautiful city bicycles in the world.” He founded Kidrobot, which makes designer toys such as a silver Homer Simpson buddha statue. According to his personal biography, he writes books, makes films, and collects “cultural wearable artifacts,” such as a classic pair of Air Jordans that he sold for $16,000. His eyes shoot lasers.
Did you know that Facebook offers another option for sharing with your friends and fans?
It is a longer form communication much more like LinkedIn’s professional publishing platform. And it may be worth a look if your brand has a bit more to share than a recent photo or a link to your latest blog post.
On Facebook and Twitter today you may have heard chatter of a mysterious place called “Ello.” It’s not often that a new social networking site rises above the fray without raising some serious venture capital or being propelled by professional publicists, let alone a network that’s still in private beta. And the discussions about Ello were largely happening among non-techies, at least in my circles – even more rare.
It’s not entirely clear why people are buzzing about it today, but it seems to have to do with Facebook cracking down on fake names. The move disturbed the LGBTQ population, some of whom use a different name than their given legal name, because it more fully represents the nuances of their gender, or to protect themselves from harassment. In light of the crackdown, these populations are leaving Facebook and turning to Ello instead, according to The Daily Dot and gay media site Queerty.
The Twitterverse sighed with disappointment when the Twitter account thought to belong to outspoken JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon turned out to be a fake. Twitter subsequently suspended the account a couple weeks ago, but there are a number of hilarious parody business accounts that fill the void of laughter.
Dimon’s fake account, which had the Twitter handle JPMorganCEO started with the first tweet, “We are excited to announce that our CEO James Dimon has joined Twitter. This account is managed by the Global Media Relations Department.”
Facebook’s sufficiently chummy with advertisers that some people have gone and built their own social networks to escape Mark Zuckerberg’s clutches. For those who remain, however, it’s now going to be even harder to avoid people using your personal profile information to sell you things. The company has re-built and re-launched (former Microsoft ad platform) Atlas as a way of monitoring people’s online activity across every device that they own
Social media is no longer just the realm of the young.
Now, older sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest have more users in the 25-to-34 age bracket than ages 16 to 24, according to data from GlobalWebIndex. YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr are among the few social networks that skew younger, with teenagers and early 20-somethings accounting for more users than any other demographic.