9/09/2008

A Social Networker's Rant


I belong to a few of the ‘ social’ media groups,, digg, reddit, stumble to name just three and I enjoys those sites; they are basically places where people from around the world find interesting stuff on the internet and ‘post’ it onto these sites for others to read and enjoy, the ones reading it can either vote for it by ‘ digging’ it, thumbing it up or down or arrowing it, all of the sites give people the option to review the articles and comment on them, what they liked/disliked etc.

The internet is a vast place, full of many fascinating and wonderful things, its also full of some really bad stuff that make you want to cringe, all of these go to make up the internet, as in life there is good and bad and what appeals to one person does not necessarily appeal to another and that is fine, its how it should be, imagine how boring life would be if everyone liked the same food, dressed the same, spoke the same and followed the same path as everyone else.

Guess the reason for writing this is that over the time that I have been on these sites I have seen a marked decrease in the comments, the comments are still on the submissions that’s true but they seem to be nastier, the tone of them more scathing and bitchy if you like, and that is such a shame, someone had gone to the trouble of thinking, “ Hey this is good, I will share it with everyone” only to be met with scorn and abuse in some cases, and to be honest I cannot understand why

If you don’t like something, don’t vote for it, there your job is done, finished, unless the article is plainly offensive then report it, again your job is done. The old saying, “ If you can’t say something nice then say nothing at all “ rings true in most cases, if someone has posted a picture that they thought was lovely or amazing, that is their opinion and should be respected as such, the same is true for currant affairs articles and jokes, even the weird and wacky odd ball things that can be found are interesting to some people and if you saw it awhile back then that’s fine, you properly already have an opinion on that so there is not need to comment “ Damn this is older than I am, what a waste of my time “ How were we to know you had seen it ? How were we to know you liked/disliked it?

Comments on all submissions are welcome I know but at times the comment are just plain rude and offensive and to be honest, there is no need for it, if you don’t like something, move on to the next one, or submit your own and tell us what it is that you like.

Ok I am done



This article was published on http://akittenone.wordpress.com. It really touched a nerve with the Digg community based upon the diggs and comments that it received. I hope this allows us to all look at our own behavior.

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1 comment:

Adrian said...

Interesting that I should run across this today. Not 10 minutes ago I read a post on one of my regular blogs that I thought was really icky. This lady went into considerable detail about a personal situation - a little TOO personal for my taste.

I debated about leaving a comment, but I wasn't sure what to say so I followed the golden rule didn't say anything. There were other comments from others who thought the situation was funny or were comparing similar incidents they had experienced, but I just thought it was very gross. The bad thing is that she is going to be encouraged by all the positive comments and think she should post more stuff like this.

I guess it's her blog and she can post what she wants, but I think there's a limit to what information you should share with others, especially complete strangers.

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