Twitter Trolls

An extra post today I have spent a day watching sport with the monster.  His favourite event today…the diving.  The British pair of Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield came fourth the worst place for any athelete to finish.  Daley put his hand up taking responsibility for the one poor dive which may have cost them a medal.  They tried their best, tom made one small error and what happened….this

While Tom Daley makes me proud to be British, trolls like this make me ashamed.  What has this troll done with his life that he thinks he has the right to comment on anyones performance?  Has he spent hours training everyday for years to be deemed worthy of representing his country?

These sportsman are not the ones earning huge wages for a few hours kicking a ball about on a weekend.  The are the ones who wear their team uniforms for pride and deserve our support, win or lose.  The trolls are the people who society could do without, they are the ones whose parents should hang their heads in shame at their offspring.

As you can tell this has wound me up just a little bit.  Trolls are cropping up wherever social media exists, Twitter, Facebook even here on WordPress, yes we should try to ignore them not give them the attention they crave but I would ask everyone who knows a troll or worse still is related to one do the rest of us a favour and knock some sense into them.  Teach them that old saying If you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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24 comments on “Twitter Trolls

      • He wouldn’t last an hour, believe me. I’m an ex semi-pro swimmer (front crawl and back stroke being my strengths, along with endurance). I trained three days a week for two hours a time, and it is really intense.

        I went to school with Olympic diver Leon Briton, and I remember watching him and a couple of other schoolfriends train. I never envied the divers their training and schedule because it was more intense than my own!

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  1. That’s so horrible, Paula, isn’t it? It’s just another way for people to exercise bullying behaviour and I think it’s a bloody disgrace. A really important issue that you’ve highlighted here.

    The other problem is that with things like Twitter (I’m clueless) and wordpress, am I right in thinking that you are unable to block individuals from following you? It just makes everyone so much more exposed…

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  2. I agree with you. I’d like to think we can identify trolls immediately that way we know not to expect anything from them and by not expecting anything they become innocuous. But I know it is not that simple.

    I am not much of a fan of Theodore Roosevelt but he did have one thing right when he talked about “The Man In The Arena”:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know .”

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  3. Some people seriously need to get a life, don’t you think? While the internet has done a great deal of good (for people like me, for instance, who have a disability but no local support groups to go to) it does allow sad sacks to spread their hate and poison. I think we’ve all fallen victim at some stage or another.

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      • I tend to do that too; reacting to them only draws them in – but some people seem to love the drama that centres around them due to being trolled a lot.

        I’m glad I didn’t see this on Twitter myself, as I was angry enough about something else as it was, and I try not to be She-Hulk but sometimes it’s hard to bite my tongue!

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    • It is the poor lad was feeling bad enough already but to receive these viles tweets from someone who probably never achieved anything in their own life was totally uncalled for especially bringing his dead father into it. later tweets showed the same person has threatened and used racist abuse against other twitter users. Yes everyone is entitled to an opinion but to express it for the sole purpose of deliberately hurting someone is unacceptable

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