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Troll or concerned citizen?

24 Aug

I am sincerely hopeful I never have to revisit this subject again.

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Having to deal with “professionals” who feel trolling behaviour is not only warranted but is totally defensible if they have a “greater good” at the end of a murky tunnel, has been horrible.

In my opinion, naming someone as a perpetrator of a crime, participant in an indiscretion etc – before any evidence has been gathered, before even speaking to a that person is NEVER warranted. Especially if you are NOT a govt body investigating an issue.

Indeed, that person being named may not even be involved in whatever storm you are whipping up & here-in lies the problem.

Trolling on a “professional level” is a slippery slope to Vigilantly-ville, one which not only can ruin careers / lives, but can lead to physical harm.

Personally, with what has taken place recently, the issue for me is so much bigger than my chagrin. The issue is that self appointed guardians online have not followed the professional protocol they are vehemently spouting as a defence for their actions.

In fact, as a twisted way to justify the behaviour – I was told in so many words to “suck it up” as my personal feelings & business which may be harmed by this whirlwind of unsubstantiated gumpf are inconsequential if their trolling gets a wider message of “Don’t mess with us” out there.

Anyone who knows me – both in a professional & personal capacity, knows my blog is aimed at small business owners. It’s to explain that everyone online is a consumer. Their experience online will without doubt be affected by how they see a business / professional person behave. They also know I do what I do (marketing etc) for the people I help, as a passion not as a profitable business. I do it as I believe in connecting people. Hence the charity work also.

I just wish other professionals had contacted me prior to this past week’s shenanigans

So in a last ditch attempt at restoring some morals & ethics to a bunch of behaviour – I am listing some definitions of trolling.

I am hopeful the professionals may recognise the means does NOT justify the (very doubtful) end.

One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
(urbandictionary.com)
Someone who leaves an intentionally annoying message on the internet, in order to get attention or cause trouble.
(CambridgeDictionary.org)
One who hides under the bridges of topics, eagerly waiting to pounce on meek or unexpecting individuals and shower them with opposing opinions or ideas (generally derogatorily)
(Yahoo.co.uk)
Do I believe all those who have been so vocal online are trolls in the worst sense? NO
But it’s so difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff when its relentless & so damaging.
My concern is, run with the crowd & you get caught up with the crowd.
There are better ways to make yourself heard – more professional ways.
In all seriousness. YOU are out there – every time you post. Make sure the YOU that is seen, is professional and trustworthy.

The potential for good from Social media is endless, if you know how to maximize it…

                          

Facebook annoys millions of Users with a “sneaky” switch of their contact details!

30 Jun

You may have heard the news regarding your email address on Facebook or you may not.

If you use Facebook (lets face it, if you are here, there is a good chance you do); Over the last couple of weeks, they have been changing peoples email addresses to use its own.

Well – technically, what they have done is given you an @facebook.com address & whether you like it or not, You have it showing as your ONLY email address on facebook – SO that’s the only way friends can now email you!

Facebook has come under fierce criticism for this, what is seen by many as a “Sneaky” move & have been rapidly issuing statements to defend this move.

“We basically defaulted to show your Facebook address as we rolled this out, just to keep it consistent for everyone,” said Meredith Chin, Facebook’s manager of product communications.

She repeated the word “consistent” several times in her attempt to explain Facebook’s rationale for the change.

It’s part of a relatively new “Timeline” profile set-up process that lets users change their privacy settings for each post displayed on their Timeline page. The e-mail move “is similar to that. It’s an additional visibility setting,” she said.

However many have compared the change to a Man In The Middle (MITM) attack, which refers to tactics hackers use to intercept emails by inserting a new email (silently) between the original writer & original destination.

If it hasnt hit your account yet – BE SURE it soon will. Facebook have NO PLANS TO STOP THIS.

However if you still want to be known by the email address you have been known as for  years (like me) or just prefer NOT to be a “Facebook” drone, you can fix this!

You have two options for any email addresses associated with your Facebook profile: “shown on Timeline” or “hidden from Timeline.” By default, Facebook is setting your @facebook.com address to be “shown on Timeline” and hiding the rest. To change that, switch your @facebook.com email address to be “hidden from Timeline,” and set a different email to be “shown on Timeline.”

1) Go to your timeline and click “About” under your contact info.
2) Scroll to “Contact info” and select edit.
3) Switch the crossed out circle symbols to a full circle for the inbox options you want to be seen on your profile.
4) If you want to deselect your Facebook email account, switch it from the full circle to the crossed out circle, to hide it from your timeline.

Personally, I’m really hacked off that I’ve had to mess around with my Facebook account like this, just to get my email address back visible – I wasnt consulted on any of the recent changes to my account, including Timeline nor privacy changes & this is just another annoying demonstration of Facebooks disregard for its users!

They need to be careful; with all of the other media rich sites out there who are just waiting to mop up ex-facebook users who are fed up with this policy of “we are bigger & we are the boss”.

Lets get our email addresses back guys & gals!

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